Uppsala University Postdoctoral Research Fellow Specialising in the Study of National Minorities in Terms of Humanities 2017, Sweden

Publish Date: May 12, 2017

Deadline: May 26, 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellow specialising in the study of national minorities in terms of humanities

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 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 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 humanities and social sciences. This announcement concerns a position in the humanities, more specifically in the subject areas of the Faculty of History and Philosophy.

Work duties: 

A postdoctoral fellow’s duties consist mainly of research and the task of applying for external research funding in the field concerned, 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, 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 proficiency in an area of the subject fields of the Faculty of History and Philosophy at Uppsala University 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 primarily 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 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 state of the art 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.

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 most relevant publications for the position. 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 state of the art in the field.

In the event of divergent interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence. 

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Pay: Individual salary

Starting: As soon as possible

Type of employment:  Temporary position 2 years.

Working hours: 100 %

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