Jönköping International Business School- PhD candidate position

Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) is looking for 1-2 Doctoral Students in Business Administration with a focus on Digital Business. We offer an international and team-oriented workplace with competitive education programmes, across Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels, as well as a thriving research environment and many opportunities for personal development. JIBS’ guiding principles are: international at heart, entrepreneurial in mind and responsible in action and our mission is to advance the theory and practice of business, with specific focus on entrepreneurship, ownership and renewal.

JIBS is recognized as the most international business school in Sweden and one of the most international in the world. For more information, please visit Jönköping International Business School. In 2015, JIBS was the first business school in Sweden to receive double accreditation from both AACSB and EQUIS. In March 2018, JIBS was awarded a 5-year EQUIS accreditation. Recent assessments of research productivity and impact ranks JIBS first in Sweden in business administration and economics and first in Europe and second in the world in entrepreneurship. Previous rankings also put JIBS as world-leading in media, management and family business research.

Working tasks

As a doctoral student, we offer a fully financed full-time position. Most of your time will be devoted to your doctoral studies (80%) which includes coursework and writing a doctoral thesis. The remaining time is allocated for teaching and administrative tasks.

The positions are in the general area of Business Administration, with a focus on digital business. Specifically, we welcome applicants interested in some of the following topics:

  • The disruptive effects of digitalization for established firms and industries
  • Strategies firms enact to successfully manage digitalization
  • The interplay between digitalization, regulation and firm behavior
  • How digital data and digital methods can be applied to research concerning these areas

If you have previous experience and/or strong research and teaching interests in any of these areas, we encourage you to apply. For more information about research at JIBS, please visit www.jibs.se, where you can also read more about our PhD program.


As applicant you need to have passed an exam at advanced level (Master) in Business Administration, or equivalent education, by the time the employment starts. You also need to have fulfilled course requirements of at least 240 credit points (ECTS credits), 60 of which should be at the advanced level.

The main language of research and teaching at JIBS is English. You must be fluent in both written and spoken English to be eligible for our doctoral program.

We seek candidates who have a strong drive to conduct high-quality academic scholarship, and an ambition to pursue an international research career and motivation to combine a high level of scholarship with policy-making and/or practical relevance.

As an international business school, we value skills and experience in other languages and cultures. An international outlook as well as prior research, teaching and/or professional experience are also advantageous, as is an ability to communicate effectively with different stakeholders in and around the university environment. A successful candidate would enjoy and be stimulated by working independently as well as in teams.


Several positions, full time (100%), with start from September 1, 2020.

Last day for application is April 30, 2020.

For further enquiries about the doctoral program and the positions, please contact the Director of PhD Candidates Mikaela Backman. For questions specifically related to Business Administration, contact Associate Professor Karin Hellerstedt.

Union representatives are Andreas Stephan (Saco-S) and Barbara Eklöf (ST).

All contacts can be reached at phone number +46 36 10 10 00.


Please submit the following:

  • Your letter of application with a personal profile.
  • A letter of intent (your motivation for applying for this position in the doctoral program).
  • A preliminary research proposal (max. 3000 words), expressing your present research interest in the field.
  • Your CV.
  • Attested documents (transcript, degree diplomas, evidence of prior teaching and/or industry experience).
  • A copy of your Master Thesis (if not available at the time of application, send a copy of your bachelor thesis) and other publications.
  • Contact information (name, phone numbers and email) of at least 2 references.

Please ensure that all documentation is in English.


The following criteria constitutes the basis of assessment applied in the selection:

  • The general requirements for the doctoral studies;
  • The applicant’s documented knowledge within the subject area of relevance to the research area;
  • The applicant’s personal profile and motivation for further studies.

Selection procedure

  • The selected qualified applicants will be called for an interview.
  • The preliminary time frame for the interviews is May/June.
  • A decision will be made and communicated during June/July.
Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment September 1, 2020
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Jönköping
County Jönköpings län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2020/1327-221
  • Mikaela Backman, +46 36-10 1000
  • Karin Hellerstedt, +46 36-10 1000
Union representative
  • Andreas Stephan, Saco-S, +46 36-10 1000
  • Barbara Eklöf, ST, +46 36-10 1000
Published 02.Apr.2020
Last application date 30.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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