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PhD student in Statistics

Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics, Umeå university

The department of Statistics at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, is looking for a PhD student in Statistics, who can perform high quality methodological statistical research. Apply 2020-08-31 at the latest.

The department of Statistics has about 35 members of staff and conducts research within the field of Statistical Sciences, including both method development and empirical research, in collaboration with other sciences. Our doctoral students have access to national and international networks through their experienced supervisors.

The research focuses on developing statistical methods and software for analysis of large and complex data sets. The research has high social relevance and the researchers collaborate with international researchers as well as various government agencies that perform evaluation studies based on register data. The research deals with everything from theoretical projects related to machine learning and big data to more applied projects that evaluate societal effects, health and healthcare, as well as large-scale achievement tests. More information can be found here:

The PhD program in Statistics is four years. PhD students may be appointed to teaching and/or consulting duties up to 20 % of their time, thereby prolonging the duration of the program to guarantee four years of graduate studies. For more information about doctoral studies:

The starting date for the position is October 1, 2020 or upon agreement.

Requirements and qualifications

Applicants should have a degree awarded at the advanced level with a major in Statistics (or equivalent qualifications). Moreover, the student must have satisfactorily undertaken courses in Mathematics equivalent to at least 30 ECTS credits. Exact prerequisites can be found at the department’s Swedish webpage, or using the contact details provided below. Applicants with a degree from a non-Swedish university are encouraged to provide obtained results from GMAT (and/or GRE) and TOEFL tests if available.

The assessments of the applicants are based on their qualifications, research plan and ability to benefit from the doctoral-level education they will receive. Experience in statistical programming is a merit for the position.

How to apply

The application should include:

  • A letter of application with a motivation describing your research interests and how there are relevant for this position.
  • A proposed research plan (max two pages)
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • Form “New PhD” which you can find here:
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate theses.
  • Copies of relevant degree certificates and other documentation you wish to include in support of your application.
  • The names, with contact details and e-mail addresses, of at least two reference persons.

The application is to be submitted on the University recruitment system no later than August 31, 2020.


For further information please contact

Professor Marie Wiberg +46 (0)90-786 95 24,

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 Statistics has about 35 members of staff. We conduct research with the field of Statistical Sciences, both method development and empirical research, in collaboration with other sciences.

USBE is an AACSB and ISO 14001 accredited business school. Read more about USBE here:

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