PhD student position in Business Administration

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The Department of Economics ( ) provide research and teaching in business studies as well as in economics. The Department emphasises applied science, often in cooperation with the university’s natural science subjects. We work primarily with the food value chain as well as with natural resources, environmental- and sustainability issues in focus. We are organized in four research groups: entrepreneurship and innovation, agri-business decision-making and behavior, agricultural and food economics, as well as on natural resource and environmental economics. Together with Lund University, and by commission from the Swedish Government, we also provide economic expertise in the fields of food, agriculture, fishing and rural development through the AgriFood Economics Center ( ). The Department has around 65 faculty and staff, including around 15 PhD students.

The Department of Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) announces a position for PhD studies in its research group “Entrepreneurship and Innovation for sustainability” (EIS). This position is linked to a research theme with a focus on entrepreneurship and transition in rural contexts.

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Postgraduate study subject: Business administration

The primary duty will be to conduct original research within the EIS-group’s theme, while developing individual competence and skills in our PhD education program. The holder of the position will be expected to be an active and contributing member of EIS, which is a well-functioning research group. Being an active and contributing member of the group includes: 1) conducting research that leads to a successful PhD dissertation; 2) completing a minimum of 90 credits of national and international PhD course work; 3) contributing to the development of EIS, academically as well as socially; 4) carrying out limited administrative duties; and 5) contributing to the fulfilment of EIS’s teaching obligations.


Basic eligibility for third level education in Business Studies, such as a MSc degree in Business Administration or equivalent, is required by the start of the position. Specialized education in entrepreneurship, organization theory, and sustainable development is required, as is a demonstrated interest in qualitative empirical fieldwork and critically reflective use of academic theory. The position requires strong verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. Additional desirable competencies include experience with qualitative research methods; academic knowledge of social change processes; and academic experience with rural and sustainable development.

We seek applicants who are strongly motivated to engage in academic research in rural entrepreneurship and sustainable development. We value good ability to work independently combined with interest and ability to participate in a research team, contributing to collective goals. Personal merits and social skills will be considered together with documented academic competencies such as publication in academic journals and research assistant work.

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Employment as a PhD student, 4 years of education

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By agreement.


Welcome with your application via the application button no later than 15/03/2023.

In order to be eligible for education at postgraduate level, a degree at advanced level or at least four years of full-time studies, of which at least one year at advanced level, is required.

Selection among the eligible applicants is based on: written application including curriculum vitae; MSc-thesis, content and proof of completion of previous studies at undergraduate and advanced university level, and two personal references.

More information about requirements for English skills can be found on the following page:

Please note that the applicant(s) who are called to an interview must submit notarized copies of diplomas and register extracts from previous studies at undergraduate and advanced level at a university or college, and that applicants who have foreign citizenship must also submit a notarized copy of the page in their passport that contains the photo and personal information.

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses.

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