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Employment of doctoral students

Published: 23 July 2020

Employment as a doctoral student is regulated by Ch. 5 Sections 1-7 of the Higher Education Ordinance.

At Luleå University of Technology employment as a doctoral candidate applies in the first case, and employment is regulated by the following local rules:

Employment as a doctoral candidate is subject to the person being admitted to third-cycle studies at Luleå University of Technology.

Employment for doctoral students will be announced until further notice, but only to a certain point in time and never longer than one year after a doctoral degree is taken. The first employment period is for a maximum of one year.  Employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.  A person may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years if employment is part-time work at 50% of full-time. However, the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time studies during a four-year period. For studies leading to a licentiate degree, a doctoral student may be employed for a maximum of four years if employment is 50% of full-time. Deductions shall be made from these times for study time when the doctoral student is not employed as such. The total period of employment may be extended if there are special reasons, such as leave due to illness, leave to serve in the defence forces, a position of trust in a union organisation or student organisation, or parental leave. Leave of absence is not normally granted during a period of studies, except for statutory sickness leave or parental leave.

If a doctoral student wishes to resign from his doctoral position, the period of notice is 1 month if the period of employment is less than 1 years and 2 months if the period of employment is longer than 1 years. Further information may be obtained from Human Resources.