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The Department of Economics at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics wishes to appoint one PhD student in Economics with an orientation towards Labor Economics. The research project contains two major themes. One refers to the regional distribution of public sector jobs and public sector wage policy in terms of their effects on the local labor markets, internal migration, the regional distribution of human capital, and local economic growth. The other theme refers to the importance of frictions in the labor market and, in particular, the role of geographical migration, as a determinant of income dynamics and employment in Sweden. We welcome your application no later than 2020-08-31.

Research environment
The Department of Economics has around 40 employees and teaches about 240 students per year. The main research areas of the department are Public Economics and Environmental Economics. Other active areas of research are Welfare Economics, Behavioral Economics, Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Health Economics, and Econometrics.

Currently, there are seven professors and five associate professors active at the department, providing young scholars with excellent opportunities for supervision and personal development. The research environment is open and friendly, and doctoral students are fully integrated into the department’s activities.

Work description
As a PhD student at the department of economics, you are expected to follow the general study plan for the PhD programme. Among other things, you are expected to take courses specified by the study plan, to work independently with your PhD project as well as collaborate within the research group, and to participate in seminars and other department activities.

Requirements and qualifications

  • The general requirement for admission is a degree on advanced level, or the applicant having a total of 240 ECT credits of which 60 credits are at the advanced level.
  • The specific requirement for admission is that the applicant has at least 90 ECT credits in Economics.
  • The main qualifications are scientific skills, a strong interest in research, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team to accomplish the required tasks.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both oral and written English.
  • Applicants with a degree from a non-Swedish university are encouraged to provide their results from the GMAT (and/or GRE) and TOEFL tests if available
  • Documented skills in using quantitative methods such as Mathematics and Econometrics is a merit.

Application
The application shall contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, scientific interests and motives for applying (max 2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A research proposal (max 2 pages) presenting your research ideas and, in particular, their relationship to the current literature in Labor Economics. The research proposal will play an important role for the selection of candidates.
  • Degree certificates.
  • Bachelor- and/or Master theses or similar documentation of research skills.
  • Name and contact information of two references.

The application should be written in Swedish or English (preferably) and submitted via University recruiting system. The last day to apply is 2020-08-31. USBE strives for an even gender distribution and we particularly welcome female applicants.

Information
Normally, the PhD program amounts to four years of full time studies. This PhD position consists of a two-year scholarship followed by a two-year PhD student employment. The PhD position may also include part-time teaching (up to 20%). If so, the total time for the position is extended corresponding to the teaching time.

The location of the position is Umeå. Participation in the department’s activities is expected. Information about the PhD programme and general study plan: www.usbe.umu.se/enheter/econ/utbildning/utbildning-pa-forskarniva/

For further information: contact Professor Gauthier Lanot, gauthier.lanot@umu.se.

More about USBE
As an internationally respected, nationally influential, and regionally rooted part of Umeå University, Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics contributes to societal development through education and research of a high international standard.

Through interplay with surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to the understanding, ability, and responsibility of individuals in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development.

The Department of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the Department of Statistics and The USBE office form USBE, with about 150 employees. About 3000 students study in our programs every year and we offer education from the undergraduate to the doctoral program level in all of our main disciplines – Business Administration, Economics and Statistics.

The Department of Economics has about 40 members of staff. We pursue research mainly in Labor economics, Public economics, Environmental and Resource economics and Econometrics.

USBE is an AACSB and ISO 14001 accredited business school. Read more about USBE here: https://www.umu.se/en/usbe/

We look forward to receiving your application!

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