JOB by: Umea University, April 05, 2024

PhD student in Architecture

at Umea University, School of Architecture
Umea, SE

App deadline: April 28, 2024

Umeå School of Architecture (UMA) is looking for a PhD student in Architecture. The application deadline is 28 April, 2024.

Architecture as a research subject is anchored to both technical and natural scientific research and practice as well as the more artistic research tradition. Its profound influence on human and non-human social interactions and experiences also means an inescapable connection to the humanities and social science research field. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject encompasses and celebrates a wide diversity of foci and methodological choices.

The PhD position provides a unique opportunity for a doctoral student to pursue innovative research in an area of their choice. We invite candidates to propose how their specific research project makes a distinctive and innovative contribution to the selected research area. Additionally, candidates are asked to demonstrate how their research can contribute to and engage with the different thematic areas and research groups at Umeå School of Architecture. Read more about our research environment, thematic areas, and research groups here.

As a doctoral student in architecture, you are expected to independently formulate a research project and build a research network to address issues that affect human’s and more-than-human’s environment and life situation, from a technical, societal, and aesthetic perspective. If you wish to pursue a career in academic research, teaching. or research-oriented professions, then this may be the opportunity for you!

Research environment

At UMA, you will be part of a forward-thinking and open environment where holistic, interdisciplinary and experimental approaches are seen as crucial to addressing the global challenges and opportunities in architecture.

Research and postgraduate education at Umeå School of Architecture is structured in four main thematic areas: architectural design; architectural history, theory, and critical studies; landscape and urbanism; and building construction, materiality, and computational design. Research groups at Umeå School of Architecture cross one or more thematic areas and are conceived as experimental laboratories with an impact on education.

The PhD Programme in Architecture aims to educate architectural scholars who are not only deeply knowledgeable in their specific areas of research, but also adept at navigating the complex intersections of architecture, urbanism, landscape, and technology from both a theoretical and practice within diverse cultural, social, and political contexts. Through collaboration with their peers, PhD students can nurture and advance their individual projects within a supportive environment of collective research.


To be eligible, you are required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from abroad, or equivalent qualifications. To fulfil the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level in architecture, you are required to have completed first-cycle courses of at least 90 ECTS credits within the field of architecture, or in a subject considered to be directly relevant for the specialization in question. Of those 90 ECTS credits, you should have acquired at least 15 ECTS credits at second-cycle level within the specialization in question, or an equivalent subject.

We are looking for a candidate with a strong interest in research, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team to accomplish the required tasks. You are proficient in both verbal and written English.

Terms of employment

The appointment aims at a PhD degree and the main task of the PhD student is to pursue their doctoral studies, which includes participation in research projects as well as postgraduate courses. Engagement in graduate and postgraduate teaching is recommended (up to 20%). Such engagement will extend the employment in proportion to the departmental service.

The employment is limited to four years full-time or up to five years when it includes part-time teaching. The salary level is determined according to the established salary level for doctoral employment.

The successful candidate will be based in Umeå and expected to be present in Umeå to fulfil their role.


Your application shall contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter summarizing your research interests, motivation for applying, main qualifications, and envisioned contribution to UMA’s research environment (max. 2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of published work including journal papers, conference papers, technical reports, exhibitions, artistic projects, architectural projects, and/or grey literature, and contact information to at least three references.
  • Up to 3 writing samples of published work from the abovementioned list.
  • A research proposal (max. 2 pages) which outlines suggested research questions, data and methods, and which describes how the proposal contributes to the current literature in the field.
  • Degree certificates.
  • Bachelor and/or Master’s theses, if available.
  • A portfolio of previous professional and/or academic work and describes your role in each project (max. 20 pages).
  • Applicants with a degree from a non-Swedish university are encouraged to provide their results from the GMAT, GRE and/or TOEFL tests, if available.

All applications should be submitted via Umeå University’s recruitment system Varbi. The application deadline is 28 April, 2024.

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