PhD student in Statistics

at Linnaeus University
Published January 31, 2023
Location Växjö, Sweden
Category Machine Learning  
Job Type Scholarship  


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The School of Economics at Linnaeus University conducts research and education in business administration, economics, statistics, law, and tourism. Our mission is to help people grow through the knowledge that researchers, teachers and students create together. We contribute with entrepreneurial thinking and sustainable solutions to complex organizational and societal problems. We are proud of our long tradition of collaboration with the wider community. We are accredited through AACSB since November 2022. Activities are conducted primarily on campuses in Kalmar and Växjö, as well as digitally.

Further information on the PhD programme can be found here:


Subjects for the positions: Statistics.

Location: Växjö.

Number of positions: Several positions

Start of the positions: September 1, 2023.


Ph.D. candidates in statistics

The PhD education in statistics evolves around multivariate statistics, analysis of high-dimensional data, random matrices and machine learning. We are part of the research center ”Data Intensive Sciences” (DISA) and have close collaborations with researchers in economics, finance, logistics and other subjects within the faculty. Our team is also well engaged in international conferences and seminars concerning random matrices, multivariate analysis and machine learning.

The general study plan contains further information:

Eligibility requirements

A degree on the advanced level in statistics, mathematical statistics or equivalent.

At least 240 university course credits, of which at least 60 should be on the advanced level, or comparable knowledge acquired from elsewhere.

At least 90 university course credits in statistics/mathematical statistics, or comparable knowledge acquired from elsewhere.

Demonstrated extensive English knowledge.


Assessment criteria

The choice of candidates relies on the applicants’ possibilities to carry out the studies successfully. The assessments pay attention to demonstrated scientific skills, grades from courses, capabilities of cooperating with others, and oral and written capabilities in English.


Terms of employment

A position as a Ph.D. candidate has a time limit (HF chapter 5§7). The total time cannot be more than four years of full studies.

The Higher Education Law stipulates that the candidate has to focus on carrying out the education. However, the candidate may be involved in additional work at the institution, as long as it does not cover more than 20% of full time.


Contact persons

Professor Thomas Holgersson (

Head of department (

HR-partner Kristofer Stahl (

Research secretary Ivana Tomic-Kokic (

Representatives of trade unions and the student union can be reached through the university’s telephone exchange: 0772-28 80 00.


The application

The application has to contain: (i) a short description of yourself and your interests,  a motivation why you are applying, and relevant achievements and experiences; (ii) CV including telephone and e-mail address; (iii) certified copies of grades; (iv) names and contact information to two academic reference persons; (v) a copy of examination works on the advanced level or similar; (vi) a completed form for application to the research education:

For applicants from countries outside Sweden we recommend the GRE- and TOEFL/IELTS-tests. The results of the tests need to be attached to the application.

Please submit your application as instructed by 15 March 2023

Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

Please apply by clicking on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.