Position in the PhD Program in Economics – Financial Economics, at the University of Gothenburg


The Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg announces a position in the PhD program in Economics with a starting date of September 1, 2018. The candidate will follow the general curriculum for a PhD in economics and thesis research will be conducted in the field of financial economics.

The department has 125 employees and faculty conducting research within a broad range of areas, including (but not limited to) labor, environmental, development, behavioral, and financial economics. More information about the department and the PhD program, including job market placements of PhD candidates, is available at www.economics.gu.se. Information about research in financial economics is available at https://economics.handels.gu.se/english/research/research-areas/financial-economics .

Job assignments

We aim at recruiting one PhD student in financial economics who will be employed on a regular Swedish PhD position (“doktorandtjänst”). The program starts September 1, 2018; the expected date of completion is May, 2023. The first two years are largely dominated by coursework whereas the remainder are primarily devoted to research and thesis writing as well as departmental work and teaching duties.

The thesis work will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Erik Hjalmnarsson and/ or Professor Martin Holmén.


To be eligible for admission, the applicant must meet the requirements for basic and special eligibility below. These requirements will generally be met by applicants with a masters in economics or related field, like finance or statistics.

Basic eligibility: the applicant must have a degree awarded at advanced level; or have completed studies for at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 higher education credits were awarded at advanced level; or have equivalent qualifications.

Special eligibility: the applicant must have completed at least 90 higher education credits in financial economics; or have completed at least 30 higher education credits in financial economics at advanced level; or have equivalent qualifications.


For candidates who fulfill the requirements, the submitted materials will be reviewed by a special committee at the Department of Economics. Selection is based on the student’s performance at the undergraduate and, especially, advanced levels. Emphasized selection criteria include: good grades, a good thesis, and strong recommendation letters. Demonstrated excellence in Mathematics, Statistics, and Econometrics as well in advanced core courses in Financial Economics will be positively evaluated.

For further information regarding the position

Martin Holmén, Professor, +46 31 786 6442, martin.holmen@gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

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.

The application should include:

  1. A short description of your goals and visions with the doctoral position, highlighting your current research interests (1-2 A4-pages, written in English).
  2. A short description of the submitted documentation (listed) and a list of 1-3 reviewers
  3. CV
  4. Copy of exam certificates
  5. Register of university courses with grades
  6. Copy of thesis paper or other scientific publications. If you submit more than one scientific paper, please indicate which of the papers that you would like to have priority in the Board’s assessment.
  7. Letter(s) of recommendation (should be sent separately by the reviewers) to cff@cff.gu.se. Letters included by the applicant among the application files will not be considered.

A select group of candidates will be called to an interview.

Closing date April 5, 2018





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