Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Holocaust Studies 2018, Sweden


April 08, 2018

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Holocaust Studies

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Their mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Their most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion. Uppsala University hereby announces as vacant the following two-year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Holocaust studies.

The Hugo Valentin Centre (HVC)

The Hugo Valentin Centre (HVC) is an interdisciplinary unit at the Department of History, Uppsala University, with a focus on research and education in two particular fields: first, cultural, social and political phenomena and processes of change related to the ethnic dimension of human life and, second, Holocaust and genocide studies. The latter field includes Holocaust history and historiography, comparative analyses of genocide and other grave violations of human rights, as well as research on the effect of mass violence on individuals and society. Research is conducted in a markedly cross-disciplinary environment that brings together researchers with a background in humanities and social sciences.

Work duties 

A postdoctoral fellow’s duties consist mainly of research, to apply for external research funding in the field, but also some administration. The position requires continuous attendance at the Centre, active participation in seminars, on-going presentation of the fellow’s own research and, where necessary, teaching and supervision of students corresponding to up to 20% of the position.

Eligibility requirements 

To be eligible for the postdoctoral fellowship the applicant must have a PhD or attained corresponding academic subject proficiency in the humanities or social sciences and have the personal characteristics required to meet the demands of the position well. A person with a PhD obtained not more than three years before the end of the application period is particularly eligible for the position.

Assessment criteria 

Particular weight is given to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to research in the field, but teaching skills and administrative proficiency will also be considered. A five-page description of the research that the applicant intends to carry out at HVC must be enclosed with the application. It should contain a clear and theoretically grounded research aim, an account of how the project contributes to the international state of the art in the field; a discussion regarding method; and a clear time schedule for project implementation. How the planned project is connected with current research at the Centre and/or contributes to the renewal of its activities, and how the applicant intends to present the results, should also be clearly stated. The application should also include a list over the applicant’s up to five most important publications (including the doctorate dissertation). It should also be clearly stated which of the publications are listed on the Norwegian system of publication channels ( and at what level (for book chapters or monographs, please indicate the level for the publisher or series).  Documented ability in terms of inter-disciplinary research perspectives and cooperation is a merit.

Academic proficiency will be assessed primarily in terms of quality of scholarship. Other significant criteria are the applicant’s ability to independently plan, initiate, lead and develop research; capacity to obtain funds for research in competition; and demonstrated the skill of interacting both with colleagues in the discipline and with the community at large.

Other skills 

Administrative proficiency is important for the position and will be given weight. This skill is demonstrated by, for example, an ability to plan, organize and prioritize work in a way that is efficient and fit for purpose. It is also shown by a capacity to define and adhere to time frames. Proficiency includes overall work planning, an ability to initiate and run networks and to organize conferences and seminars, and skill in managing resources in a manner that benefits activities. Applicants are required to be highly proficient in English, with skill in expressing themselves in speech and writing.

Application procedure

A complete application, including publications cited, must include: 

  • A curriculum vitae and attested copies of certificates and other documents referred to.
  • A brief account of academic, teaching and other work. Personal circumstances (such as parental leave) that can, in assessment of qualifications, be credited to the applicant should be included in the account of qualifications and experience.
  • A list of up to five academic works cited in the application. These should be ranked according to their relevance to the application. It must also be clearly stated which writings belong to the following categories: monographs, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Publications cited must be enclosed with the application (unpublished but completed PhD dissertations will also be assessed).
  • Information about the level of the journals and other publication channels according to the Norwegian system.
  • A five-page project description closely connected with the state of the art in the research field.

At present, there are more men than women among researchers and postdoctoral fellows at the Hugo Valentin Centre. Uppsala University strives for more gender balance in this category. In the event of divergent interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Information about the position and the Department of History is available from head of department Erik Lindberg on phone +46 (0)18 471 1523, or email  For information about the HVC, contact director Tomislav Dulić on phone +46-(0)18-471 6395, or email

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