Postdoctoral position in Educational Work (3 years)

Postdoctoral position in Educational Work (3 years)

Department of Applied Educational Science


Temporary position      100%     Umeå

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The department of applied educational science is looking for one postdoctoral research fellow with an interest and expertise in educational research. The post doc is expected to focus on a research field connected to one of the department’s research profiles. Application deadline is 15 February 2024.

Project description
The position will be connected to one of the department’s research profiles in educational work (, and preferably to one of the profiles’ externally financed research projects (

Job description
An appointment as a postdoctoral fellow aims to give opportunities to new researchers to develop their independence in research after completing a PhD, and to create the conditions for further development. Your main task as a postdoctoral fellow will be to carry out research within one of the department's research profiles in educational work and in connection to one of the research profile's externally funded research projects. There are four research profiles in the subject: RECEUM: Early Childhood Education and Care research; PEPP: Education Politics and Policy; UngÖv: Education Policy and Youth Transitions; and, ARED: Teacher Education, digitalization. Teaching may also be part of your duties, mainly at undergraduate level, but may also occur at postgraduate level. 

The details of the content of the employment will be determined in consultation with the person offered the position.

The candidate is required to have a PhD degree in educational work or areas relevant to educational work. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time when the employment decision is made. Evidence of a completed PhD must have been received by this time at the latest. Primarily those who have completed their degree no more than three years ago will be considered. If there are exceptional circumstances, the doctoral degree may have been completed earlier.

Qualification requirements
Selection of eligible applicants shall be performed according to the following criteria: scientific skills, personal suitability, relevance of the research plan, and previous experience of work and/or research in related fields. Prior research that falls within the framework of one of the department's research profiles in educational work is therefore desirable for the appointment.

The position requires a good ability to express oneself both orally and in writing in scientific contexts. For work within the framework of some of the research profiles, knowledge of Swedish or a similar Nordic language is an advantage. The tasks require you to be flexible, take responsibility and have the ability to work both independently and together with others. Great emphasis will be placed on personal qualities.

Employment conditions
The position is a three-year, full-time position and consists of at least 80 percent research and up to 20 percent teaching. The successful candidate shall be based at the department. Starting date to be agreed.

The application
The application is made through our e-recruitment system and must contain a personal letter that summarizes the applicant’s qualifications, competencies and interest in the position, a complete CV and list of publications, and a maximum of three selected publications including the Ph.D. thesis. Also, the applicant is expected to attach a brief research plan (no more than three pages) describing a proposed postdoc research project. The research plan should be connected to one or more of the department’s four profiles in educational work ( and preferably to one or more of the profile's externally funded research projects (

The application deadline is 15 February 2024.

About us
The department of applied educational science (TUV) has over 100 employees working in teaching, research and commission service. The department has a broad profile that rests on an interdisciplinary and practical foundation. For more information about the institution's activities see:

Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

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