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Three (3) PhD positions at Unit for Economic History, Department of Economy and Society, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

31-03-2023 10:24

The Department of Economy and Society at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg announces 3 positions as PhD student located at Unit for Economic History. The department conducts education and research within three different subject areas: Economic History; Human Geography; and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management of Intellectual Asset. The different subjects within the department create possibilities to carry out interdisciplinary education and research.

The Unit for Economic History conducts research and offers undergraduate and graduate courses in economic history. Many of the courses focus on economic and social developments from long-run perspectives, such as globalization, the environment, migration, and gender. Several of the courses are included in educational programs at the University of Gothenburg. For further information please click here.

The PhD student is expected to complete a PhD education in economic history during the period of employment. The main component of this education is to write a doctoral dissertation. Other tasks, including teaching and administrative duties, might be necessary to some extent, and will then render an extension of the PhD education to an equivalent degree.

More information about the the doctoral education at the department can be found here.

Entry requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) programmes require both general and specific eligibility.

The general entry requirements for third-cycle (doctoral) programmes are:  

1. academic degree at an advanced (Master’s) level, or
2. attainment of at least 240 higher education (HE) credits for courses, of which at least 60 HE credits are awarded in the second cycle, or
3. equivalent training either in Sweden or abroad.  
In addition, admission to the third-cycle programme in economic history at the University of Gothenburg also requires:

1. attainment of 90 higher education credits for courses in economic history at any level, or
2. attainment of at least 30 higher education credits for courses in economic history at an advanced (second-cycle) level, or
3. achievement of equivalent training either in Sweden or abroad.

An addition requirement is to master English in speech and writing.

Applicants will be assessed based on the general and specific eligibility requirements and their estimated ability to benefit from the study programme. At the assessment, particular weight will be given to documented qualifications from courses completed and theses written. Weight will also be given to recommendations from previous teachers or other persons with an insight into the qualifications of the applicant.  

It is also of great importance that the planned field of research aligns with the unit’s field of expertise. This alignment with the research profile of the unit facilitates supervision of the PhD students.   

One of the positions require the applicant to work in the research field of business history.  

Personal suitability is of importance for this position. The ability to co-operate well is a key quality. You should be able to work independently as well as in a team.

The position is a temporary position of four years according to the Higher Education Ordinance with an extent of 100 %. The employment is located at the Unit for Economic History, the Department of Economy and Society. First day of employment is 1.9.2023 or upon agreement.

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctorial level are given in SFS 1993:100.

Only those who are admitted to third-cycle (doctoral) programmes may be employed as PhD student. Departmental work such as education, research or administrative assignments may be relevant.

A new employment is valid for maximum one year. The employment extends with maximum two years at a time. The total employment time cannot extend more than four years of doctoral education on full-time.

The university applies a local agreement regarding setting of wage rates for PhD students.

Selection process   
The applicants will be evaluated by the research committee at the Unit for Economic History. Selection will be made among eligible applicants based on the information cited in the application, using the assessment criteria described above. Selected applicants will be called to an interview. Applicants are expected to be available for an interview on site or via videolink within two weeks after the last day of application.

Contact information 
Klas Rönnbäck, professor and responsible for PhD education in economic history, +46 31 786 45 20, klas.ronnback[at] 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:   

Please attach the following in the application:

  • Personal letter (1 page)
  • Short description (1-2 pages) of the applicant’s goal and vision for the PhD education, and the field of research that the applicant aims to work within
  • CV
  • Transcript of records of first- and second-cycle studies including courses completed and grades achieved
  • Copy of diploma/degree certificate
  • Copy of first- and second-cycle theses/degree theses (with a translation of the abstract into English for non-English theses). Submit your thesis even if it has not been graded yet.
  • Copy of other scientific works by the applicant that are cited in the application
  • Letters of recommendation, if applicable.

Please clearly state your Swedish social security (personnummer) in the application, preferably in the CV and Cover Letter. If you do not have a Swedish social security number, please use the format to only provide your birthdate: YEAR-MM-DD

Also clearly state the reference number to this recruitment case.

Applications must be received by: 22.5.2023



Η Δράση Αναβάθμιση και Ανανέωση του ιστοχώρου της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Οικονομικής Ιστορίας χρηματοδοτείται από το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Ενίσχυσης Επιστημονικών Εταιρειών 2016