4-year doctoral position in the History of Science, Technology, and Environment, Umeå University, Sweden

Umeå Studies in Science, Technology and Environment (USSTE) – a research group specializing in humanistic and social science research on science, technology and environment, and on the historical relationships between these fields and the rest of society – welcomes applications for a four-year doctoral position at Umeå University, Sweden.

The appointee’s research programme must have a historical perspective and be clearly linked to the research area of USSTE, which has been designated by the Faculty of Arts as a strong field of research. The research group is in an expanding stage and works to become an attractive environment for international scholars.

Potential research programmes include, but are not limited to: science and communication, biofuel and climate policy, agricultural sciences, research policy and research organisation, biomedicine and genetic engineering, debates on the environment and views on natural resources, science and industry, and history of medicine. The research programme must be situated within the history of science, environmental history, the history of technology, the history of medicine, or science and technology studies (STS) with a historical focus. The doctoral student will be formally affiliated with the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

Umeå University, located in Northern Sweden, was founded in 1965 and is Sweden’s fifth oldest university. The university has a strong international and multicultural presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. Our main campus – with its 35,000 students and over 4,000 employees – is alive with enthusiasm, creativity and fresh ideas.

Entry requirements

The recruitment process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen Chapter 5 and 7). The general entry requirements for doctoral studies are a minimum of 240 ECTS credits of higher education courses, of which at least 60 must be on an advanced level (Master level). A student who had an academic degree of 120 academic credit points (corresponding to 180 ECTS credits) before July 1, 2007 and who fulfills the specific entry requirements is also considered eligible for admission to doctoral studies.

We welcome applications from students outside of Sweden with a European Masters degree or equivalent.

A Swedish PhD fellowship is a salaried position, and includes an annual research budget. Holders of doctoral studentship posts shall devote their time primarily to their own doctoral studies. To a limited extent, a doctoral student can teach or do administrative work corresponding to a maximum of twenty per cent of full-time work.

Employment as a doctoral student is granted for the period of time considered necessary for the completion of the doctoral studies, which corresponds to full-time doctoral studies for four years. The initial appointment is for a maximum of one year. After that the position may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. The period of employment may consequently be prolonged to a maximum of five years. Holders of doctoral studentship posts are expected to be in residence in Umeå.

The application must contain copies of your student transcript(s) and your degree certificate(s), your curriculum vitae, copies of your Masters thesis or equivalent and any other relevant publications, a research plan/draft of no more than five pages, and the names and contact information of two references. The application may be written in English or a Scandinavian language.

Contact persons
For further information, contact associate professor Erland Mårald, +46-(0)90-786 65 45, erland.marald@idehist.umu.se

In accordance with the instructions of the National Archives, the application documents will be sorted out, or if so requested by the applicant, returned two years after the decision on employment gained legal force.

Documents sent electronically should be in MS Word or PDF format. If you apply for several posts with different registration numbers, you must submit an application for each post. State precisely which subject your application refers to.

The official announcement can be found here: http://www8.umu.se/umu/aktuellt/arkiv/lediga_tjanster/313-171-11_sv_eng.html