PhD position in political science with a focus on Transformation, Riskification and Geopolitics in the Arctic

Umea University


August 5, 2022


Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet

Umeå University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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The Department of Political Science is recruiting a doctoral student in political science with a focus on Transformation, Riskification and Geopolitics in the Arctic . Starting date September 1, 2022 by agreement.

The aim of this doctoral project is to contribute with new empirical insights into political drivers in the development of the Arctic and to increase our contextual understanding by way of international concepts facilitating cross- disciplinary dialogue. The climate crisis and increasing competition over natural resources and security solutions challenge established forms of cooperation in the region and by extension the global goals of sustainability, for example as these are expressed Agenda 2030. The Arctic lacks an obvious center of gravity while the effects of transformation are unevenly distributed. Actors calculate risk under the influence of different geopolitical connotations. Who among the many actors involved have the power to influence Arctic transformation? Is it conceivable to arrive at a sustainable agenda, not broken by groups of optimists, skeptics and deniers?

As a doctoral student, you will be part of an interdisciplinary context with affiliation to both your own department and the Arctic graduate school with a focus on sustainable development.

Here you can read more about the Arctic graduate school at Arcum (link).

The employment

A position as a doctoral student in the doctoral program amounts to four years of full-time studies (240 higher education credits). A Ph.D. student can also participate in teaching or other departmental activities up to 20% of the time. In such cases, the employment is extended corresponding to this time, at most by a year.

Further information about the department's doctoral education in political science, which is based on the general study plan, is available at: https: // www. studies/

The student will work in Umeå and the teaching takes place on the campus area. Active participation in the department's activities and involvement in the activities is expected.


To possess basic eligibility, the applicant should hold an advanced degree, have completed studies equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of at least 60 credits at an advanced level and at least 90 credits within Political Science. Persons who in some other manner, in Sweden or abroad, have acquired skills that are equivalent to this requirement can ask to be considered eligible


Your competence is assessed on the basis of suitability for the doctoral program.

The selection of eligible applicants will be based on: • ability to assimilate the education • previous academic study results • the quality of the submitted research plan, in relation to the focus of the advertised doctoral position

The following assessment criteria are considered, examining the ability to assimilate the education: • analytical ability • communicative ability, written and oral • critical ability • independence • performance within given time frames

Applicants must be proficient in both oral and written communication in English.


You apply via our recruitment system Varbi.

A complete application must include:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max two pages)
  • Research proposal of 3-5 pages with a discussion of possible problems, purpose, theory and empirical data
  • CV / curriculum vitae
  • Copies of grades and diplomas at least one (but not more than three)
  • Essays / degree projects (C- and master's / master's thesis), written in English or Swedish
  • Contact information for one or more reference persons, alternatively two reference letters
  • Any other merits of relevance for the position
  • Umeå University will offer a salary according to the current salary order for doctoral studies. The entry level is currently 29 000 SEK per month. According to the Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 12, Section 2), the decision on employment cannot be appealed.

    About the Department of Political Science

    The Department of Political Science at Umeå University has about 70 employees. The department conducts undergraduate education and research in political science and peace and conflict studies. For more information, see https: // www.

    Formalities for the application are stated in this advertisement, but any questions can also be asked via e-mail Postgraduate programme coordinator Torbjörn Bergman at or head of department Magnus Blomgren at For more information about the project please contact Professor Niklas Eklund,, Professor Camilla Sandström,

    We look forward to your application!

    Umeå University strives 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.

    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 1 sept eller enligt överenskommelse Salary Månadslön Number of positions 1 Working hours 100% City Umeå County Västerbottens län Country Sweden Reference number AN 2.2.1-772-22 Contact

  • Niklas Eklund, professor,
  • Camilla Sandström, professor,
  • Magnus Blomgren, prefekt, 090-7866171
  • Union representative

  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
  • Published 11.May.2022 Last application date 05.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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