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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Minority Studies and Ethnic Relations, Uppsala University, Sweden

Publish Date: Mar 23, 2016

Deadline: Apr 17, 2016

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The Hugo Valentin Centre (HVC) is an interdisciplinary unit at 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 former involves studying minorities and ethnic relations in a broad sense, with an emphasis on migration, language and cultural revitalisation, integration, discrimination, and political and social conditions in a multicultural context. Research is conducted in a markedly cross-disciplinary environment that brings together researchers with a background in history and philosophy, language studies and social sciences.

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

Eligibility requirements: To be eligible for a postdoctoral fellowship, the applicant must have a PhD or have attained corresponding academic subject proficiency in an area of humanities, language studies, social sciences or law; shown teaching skill; 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 and administrative proficiency will also be considered. A clear five-page description of the research that the applicant intends to carry out at HVC must be enclosed with the application. It should contain an account of how the project contributes to the international research front in the subject; a time schedule for project implementation; and a list of the applicant’s five most important publications. How the planned project is connected with current research at the Centre and/or contributes to the renewal of its activities, and also how, where and when the applicant intends to present the results, should also be clearly stated. We especially welcome applications focusing on national minorities in the Nordic region.

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; and demonstrated 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, organise and prioritise 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 organise conferences, and skill in managing resources in a manner that benefits activities. Applicants are required to be proficient in English, with skill in expressing themselves in speech and writing, while additional knowledge of languages in regions relevant to the research are advantageous.

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 the five academic, teaching and popular 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 journal articles and book chapters. Publications cited must be enclosed with the application.
  • A five-page project description closely connected with the research front in the subject.

Duties to begin as soon as possible as agreed, not later than 1 August 2016

Time limited position 2 years

Information about the position is available from Tomislav Dulic, Director of HVC, phone +46-(0)18-471 6395, email tomislav.dulic@valentin.uu.se

We welcome your application, not later than 17 April 2016, marked UFV-PA 2016/728

We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.

Placement: Department of History

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed pay

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST 018-471 1997
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2016/728


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