The Faculty of Arts at Umeå University develops the Humanities and invests in future Areas of Excellence.
The Department of Language Studies invites applications for the doctoral training program in in English, Sami, Scandinavian or General Linguistics.
The Department of Language Studies , was formed is 2008 and is now an established center for innovative research across the traditional disciplines of linguistics, Scandinavian languages, modern languages and literatures (English, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Spanish), the Sami languages and cultures, language teaching and learning, and educational work focused on language and learning.
The research discipline Linguistics , is focused on studies of a general nature as well as on specific language areas: English, Nordic languages and Sami languages. We particularly welcome research proposals connected to our supervisors’ areas of expertise. You will find more information about the doctoral training program here .
To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, the applicant must meet both general and specific eligibility requirements. General requirements: a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field, having completed course requirements worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or in some other way – either in Sweden or abroad – having acquired equivalent knowledge.
In order to meet the specific eligibility requirements for admission to studies in linguistics at the third-cycle level, the applicant must have completed at least 120 credits at second-cycle level in a subject of central relevance for the research area; these need to include a 15 credit essay.
See general study plan
Applicants are ranked with reference to their capacity to benefit from and complete the program. The assessment is based primarily on prior study results, with particular consideration given to essays, and the quality of the research plan and its relevance for the subject area. The assessment is also based on references and interviews, and possibly additional evaluations of the main candidates.
The degree must be completed at the latest at the end of the application period.
Terms of employment
PhD students will mainly devote themselves to their own education at third-cycle level. Employment as a PhD student will be for the time deemed necessary for the completion of research studies at a normal rate of study, which corresponds to a full-time position for four years. An initial contract of 12 months is extended with up to two years at a time provided that the individual study plan is followed. A PhD student may to a limited extent also work with teaching and administration up to a maximum of 20 percent of full-time. The period of employment may thus be extended up to a maximum of five years. The entry level salary is 27 900 SEK and rises in three steps to 32 300 SEK.
PhD students are affiliated with the Faculty of Arts Doctoral College , coordinated with the PhD training program at the relevant department. The PhD studies begin at the start of the autumn semester, 31 August 2020. The place of work is Umeå University. The PhD students are expected to actively contribute to the research environment.
According to The Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 12 §2, a decision of appointment for a PhD student position may not be appealed.
An application must contain:
- A transcript from the Ladok student registry, a degree certificate, and/or equivalent attested copies of your academic transcripts proving that general and specific requirements are met
- Curriculum vitae, including name and contact information of two reference persons
- Copies of relevant BA and MA theses and other relevant publications
- Research plan in English, Swedish or another Scandinavian language – must not exceed 30 000 characters including spaces – that contains: purpose and research problem, previous research, implementation: that is, method, material and theory, relevance and time plan
- A letter in English, Swedish or another Scandinavian language that states your motivation for undertaking research training leading to a PhD, and that specifies what expertise at the Department is needed for carrying out your research.
Your application must be registered in Umeå University’s e-recruitment system no later than 28 February 2020.
Please note: the Swedish version is the official version of this advertisement. In the case of any differences in information between this and the official version, it is the official version that is the legally correct version of the advertisement for these PhD positions.
We look forward to receiving your application!
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