PhD students in Economic History University of Gothenburg, Department of Economy and Society

PhD students in Economic History


Diary id:
PAR 2018/142
Employment level:
Time limited employment (temporary)
Department of Economy and Society
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The Department of Economy and Society at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg announces one or two positions as PhD student located at unit of 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 education within the field which includes studies economic and social development in a long-run perspective. The studies concern current topics relating to globalisation, the environment, migration and gender from the perspective of economic history. Classical issues relating to economic growth and distribution are also studied. The unit offers doctoral education as well as single-subject courses on Bachelor´s and Master´s level which gives the possibility to complete a Bachelor´s and Master´s degree. Several of the courses are included in educational programmes at the University of Gothenburg. For further information please click here.

Job assignments 

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. One of the positions is open for research in all fields of economic history. However, the topic of the doctoral dissertation should preferably fit the research profile of the unit of economic history. The other position is specialized in research within the field of business history.


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.


Qualified is the person who masters English in speech and writing.
Teacher/Post-doc: the person is expected to master Swedish after two years. PhD student: the person is expected to learn Swedish.


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 is given to documented qualifications from courses completed and theses written. Importance is given to recommendations from previous teachers or other persons with an insight into the qualifications of the applicant.


It is also important that the planned field of research is within fields for which the unit possesses competence to supervise a PhD thesis. For the position focused upon the field of business history, previous studies related to this field are of particular merit.


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 of Economic History, the Department of Economy and Society. First day of employment is 2018-09-01 or upon agreement.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctorial level are given in SFS 1998:80.
Only the one 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 local agreement regarding setting of wage rates for PhD students.

Appointment procedure

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.

For further information regarding the position

Please contact:
Klas Rönnbäck, associate professor and responsible for PhD education in economic history, +46 31 786 45 20,


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:



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- 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 projects.
- Copy of other scientific works by the applicant that are cited in the application.
- Letters of recommendation.


Please clearly state your social security in the application, preferably in the CV and Cover Letter. Also clearly state the reference number to the recruitment case. Make sure that any referees also include the reference number in their letter of recommendation.


In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. 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 the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application at the last date of application.

Closing date:2018-04-03

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