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We are looking for one to two PhD students in Information Systems.

Your work assignments
As a doctoral student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

As a PhD student you will participate in the research within the field of digitalization in the public as well as the private sector. For this position, research within smart cities with a focus on digitalization of infrastructures and services, is of particular interest. As a PhD student you will contribute to the division’s research within this multi-disciplinary area and contribute to develop knowledge within this highly relevant research area. You will also engage in other research and teaching duties within the division, for example teaching at our Bachelor´s programme in Information Systems Analysis and our Master programme in IT and Management.

Your workplace
At the division of Information Systems and Digitalization (INDIG) we conduct relevant and rigorous research, teaching and collaboration within the field of Digitalization. We want to contribute to knowledge of digitalization in various context. Our primary focus is to contribute to the knowledge of how digital tools are develop and used by people in organizations and in the society at large. We acknowledge the importance of studying the interaction between humans, IT and organizations – in private businesses as well as in the public sector. An interchange between theoretical and practical knowledge is an essential part of the business development oriented perspective.

We are now looking for one to two phD students who want to join us at INDIG on our journey to, through our research in digitalization, contribute to making the world a better place.

Your qualifications
You have graduated at Master’s level within a field that focuses on digital systems in a context. A merit is if the degree contains interdisciplinary and above all a qualitative and interpretive approach. Relevant educational backgrounds for this position are Informatics, Information Systems, Business administration, Sociology, Political Science, Cognitive Science, Geoinformatics, Urban planning or the combination of Economics, Environment and Management.

Documented skills from studies and practical work within digitalization in different sectors is a merit. Furthermore it is also a merit if the applicant can show skills in applicating various theories and perspectives (for example sociotechnical or sociomaterial), in order to understand and analyze digitalization in various contexts. Having conducted research, investigation, or analysis with a qualitative and interpretive approach, for example an essay, alone or in cooperation with others, is also a merit. It is also meriting for the applicant to have documented skills in qualitative, interpretive approaches and methods in terms of interviews and observations in which large amounts of unstructured data is handled and analyzed.

Documented proficiency in English or Swedish, both orally and in writing, is required. Applicants who lack skills in Swedish or another Scandinavian language at the time of the application, must be prepared to develop this skill within two years to be able to teach and collaborate with organizations in the surrounding society. 

A merit is also to have experience in teaching within the field of Information Systems or equivalent fields.

Terms of employment 
This position as a PhD is foremost to achieve a licentiate degree.

When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available 

Starting date
Preliminary 2021-10-01, or by agreement.

Salary and employment benefits
The salary of doctoral students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives
Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest September 30, 2021.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Johanna Sefyrin


+46 13 281965

Ulf Melin


+46 13 284437