PhD student in Statistics in collaboration with IFAU

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Uppsala University

Uppsala, Sweden

Application Deadline
UFV-PA 2020/4632

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Statistics has about 30 employees, whereof about 10 PhD students. Our main research areas are causal inference, econometrics/time series analysis, high dimensional multivariate linear models, and structural equation modelling.

IFAU - The Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy is a research institute situated in Uppsala. IFAU is a dynamic academic environment at the frontline of labor and applied economic research. IFAU conduct research within our fields of research, i.e., labor market policy, the functioning of labor markets, education policy and the labor market effects of social insurances. IFAU’s goal is academic excellence and policy relevant research to provide a basis for better policies and practices.

The Department of Statistics and IFAU are looking for a PhD student in Statistics which can perform high quality methodological statistical research within the field of Causal Inference in Observational Studies with applications in labor economics.

Starting date: 1st of March 2021 or according to agreement.

The rules governing the process of enrolment as a PhD student can be found (in Swedish) in Högskoleförordningen 5 kap §§1-7, and in the rules and guidelines of Uppsala University,

Duties/Project description: The position is at the Department of Statistics in collaboration with IFAU. The aim is research in statistical method development and applied econometrics related to the research fields at IFAU.

Position is within the projects Development of statistical methods for analyzing causal effects with population-based register data. (led by Ingeborg Waernbaum at the Department of Statistics and IFAU) and How to design policies to improve youth labour market entrance? Evaluation of unemployment insurance and labour market programs over the business cycle (led by Johan Vikström at IFAU). The former project is devoted to the development of new statistical methods for analyzing causal effects using population-based register data and the latter is devoted to applied research in labor economics.

The duties of a PhD student are primarily directed at his/her own research education, which lasts four years. The work may also involve, to a limited extent (maximum 20%) other departmental duties, mainly related to teaching undergraduate courses – in which case the position may be extended to a maximum of five years.

Local guidelines for the salary of PhD students apply for employed doctoral students.

The PhD program in Statistics includes 240 credits, 90 credits of courses and a dissertation of 150 credits.

Requirements: For admission to the PhD program in Statistics, an applicant must have basic and specific eligibility prescribed by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Anyone with a degree on the advanced level (i.e. a master’s degree), that has completed course requirements of at least 240 credits (including at least 60 credits at advanced level) has fulfilled the basic entry requirements. The master’s degree can be in statistics, economics or another discipline.

The specific eligibility requirements for admission to the PhD program in Statistics require that the applicant has passed courses of 90 credits in statistics. Anyone that in any other way, in or out of the country, has acquired equivalent knowledge is also considered to fulfil the basic or specific eligibility requirements, respectively. Information about eligibility requirements and admission rules can be found on the web site of the University, Admissions Ordinance for Studies at the Graduate Level. The candidate should also have a good command of spoken and written English.

Apply via the link at the bottom of the page. A complete application must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae / Résumé, including English proficiency, and the number of semesters of completed statistics studies at the Bachelor and Master level, respectively
  • A brief description (1-2 pages) of research interests and relevant experience, and why you apply to the PhD program
  • Certified transcript(s) of your academic record/degree(s) to date, proving the basic and specific eligibility
  • A copy of independently written work produced within the applicant’s course of studies (e.g. bachelor or master thesis; include a draft if not completed) or other relevant text(s)
  • Academic references (with contact details)
  • Other documents the applicant may wish to attach, e.g. English test results.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 01-03-2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For more information please contact: professor Ingeborg Waernbaum at the Department of Statistics, email, or associate professor Johan Vikström at IFAU, email You can also contact the head of department Ronnie Pingel, phone +46 18 471 1042, e-mail

Please submit your application by 29 January 2021, UFV-PA 2020/4632

Do you want to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Statistics

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4632

Last application date: 2021-01-29


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