Posted on: 22 January, 2019
Application deadline: March 1, 2019

Open position Doctoral Studentship in Economic Geography, Gothenburg University, Sweden

Check out the possibility to apply for a 4-year, fully financed Doctoral Studentship in Economic Geography at the School of Business Economics and Law, Gothenburg university, Sweden, deadline 2019-03-01:

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Doctoral Studentship in Economic Geography

With its more than 3,700 full-time students, 470 employees, 160 international partner universities, its main subject areas – Economics and Law – and four departments, the School of Business, Economics and Law has unique breadth. The School’s close collaborations with the business sector and the public sector are also unique. The School of Business, Economics and Law holds EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA accreditations and is thus the only school of its kind in Sweden to hold Triple Crown accreditation.

The Department of Business Administration with over 160 employees of which 25 are employed doctoral students, is the largest department at the School of Business, Economics and Law. We are one of the leading research department in the field of Economic Geography in the Nordic countries and our research has a strong tradition in empirically based research aiming for publications in well recognized scientific journals.

Job assignments

We aim at recruiting a qualified and motivated individual for one Doctoral Studentship within Economic Geography, with placement at the Department of Business Administration. The research in economic geography at Gothenburg University is particularly oriented towards geographical aspects of regional economic transformation and structural change (for example changes in regional specialization patterns and labour market mobility) and international business (for example foreign trade, international direct investments, multinational corporations and technology- and knowledge transfer). The PhD studies will be carried out in close connection to one of our research centres: CRA (Centre for Regional Analysis) and CIBS (Centre for International Business Studies), by applying both quantitative methods as well as case study methodology. Please refer to the websites of Centre for Regional Analysis ( and Centre of lnternational Business Studies (, to learn more about our current research.

An employed doctoral student should primarily devote themselves to their own education. A PhD studentship entails full time work, fully financed and with competitive salary. Departmental duties may amount to a maximum of 20% of full time spread over the period of study. The total period of employment may not exceed a period corresponding to four years of full-time third cycle study. The time at which the research student was studying but not employed as a doctoral student will be deducted from this period. The regulations governing the employment of doctoral students may be found in Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. Only a person who is being admitted or already has been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be employed as a doctoral student.

This doctoral studentship concern postgraduate studies aimed at obtaining a doctoral degree in Economic Geography (240 credits) at the department of Business Administration.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements for postgraduate studies requires the applicant to have:

  1. a degree awarded at the second-cycle level,
  2. obtained at least 240 credits from courses, of which at least 60 credits are from the second-cycle level, or
  3. acquired the equivalent knowledge by some other means, within or outside Sweden.

Specific entry requirements

A person meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in Economic Geography if he or she has completed at least 90 higher education credits in Economic Geography, of which at least 15 higher education credits are from the completion of a degree project, or alternatively has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad, for example through studies in a neighboring discipline, such as human geography, business administration, economics and economic history.


The selection of applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements is based on the applicant’s overall ability to benefit from the postgraduate studies.

The following criteria constitutes the basis of assessment applied in the selection:

  • The applicant’s documented knowledge within the subject area of relevance to the research area,
  • The applicant’s documented knowledge in academic theory and methodology,
  • The applicant’s analytical ability, as substantiated through an academic report, paper, degree thesis or corresponding work.

Admission and selection are conditional on the Department’s resources to provide supervision within the doctoral student’s focus area.


Employment: Time limited employment (temporary), 4 years Extent: 100% Location: Department of Business Administration, Gothenburg Starting date: 2 September 2019

Regulations for employment of doctoral students are given in the Higher Education Ordinance SFS 1993:100. Only those who are admitted to third-cycle studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. They may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research and administration according to the regulations.

The initial appointment may apply for no longer than one year. An appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. The total employment period may not exceed the time corresponding to full-time third-cycle studies for four years.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University of Gothenburg.

Appointment procedure

The selected qualified applicants are called to an interview. A written assignment may be arranged.

The preliminary time frame for the interviews is in April.

A decision on admission to postgraduate studies is made by the Head of Department following a proposal by the Department’s Committee for Research and PhD Education. A decision will be made in June at the latest.

For further information regarding the position

Professor Inge Ivarsson +46 (0)31-786 1381

Associate professor Martin Henning +46 (0)31-786 1419


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

How to apply

You apply to be admitted to postgraduate studies via the University of Gothenburg’s job application portal by clicking on the “Apply” button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before deadline (midnight Swedish time).

The application must include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Preliminary research topic, including  purpose, research question, data collection and method of analysis (4-5 pages)
  4. Certified copies of degree certificates and certificates of enrolment in completed university courses including grades, to substantiate fulfilment of the general and specific entry requirements
  5. A copy of a degree thesis or correpsonding work and potentially other scientific papers
  6. Two letters of recommendation and contact information for references (title, name, email and phone number)

All attachments are to be named appropriately for their content.

If your documents are not issued in English, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish, you are responsible as applicant for having them translated into Swedish or English by a certified translator.

Closing date: 1 March, 2019.


The University works actively to create an equal opportunity work environment and values the qualities that diversity adds to its activities.

The University applies individual salary setting.

In accordance with Swedish National Archives regulations, the University is obliged to store all application documents for a period of two years after the appointment decision. If a candidate specifically requests the return of his/her documents, they will be returned after these two years have elapsed. Otherwise, the documents will be discarded.