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The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is looking  for a Postdoc Researcher in Philosophy. The employment period is two years full-time (100%).

Job description
The Postdoc is expected to conduct independent philosophical research. In addition to research, part of the job consists in contributing to the research environment by actively participating in the philosophical research seminar and other research activities. Certain administrative tasks related to research activities might occur.

Qualifications and assessments
A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate shall be qualified for employment as a Postdoctoral Researcher. For this position a doctoral degree in Philosophy, or the equivalent, is required. A precondition is that the applicant has not previously been employed as a Postdoc at Umeå University for more than a year within the same or equivalent discipline. Priority should be given to those candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this time period may be taken into consideration if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade union organizations or similar circumstances. 

Both good writing skills and oral communication skills in English as well as good ability to work with others, are requirements for this position. 

In the assessment of candidates, special importance will primarily be laid to the scientific merits of the candidates and then to the quality and feasibility of the research plan.

The application should be written in English or Swedish and include the following documents: 

(1) A letter of interest that states the candidate’s motivation for applying for the present position (1-2 pp)(2) Curriculum Vitae and validated copies of degree certificates (date of thesis defense and its title, current and previous positions, grants, awards, research collaborations)
(3) A full publication list with electronic copies of 3-5 of the most relevant works, the thesis included
(4) A research plan that describes the research that the candidate intends to do during the employment as postdoc (3-5 pp)
(5) A list of 2-3 reference persons including their positions and contact details 

The application is to be sent via e-recruiting system Varbi, no later than August 15th, 2018.

Further information
The Postdoc is a two years’ full-time position (100%) starting on the 1st of October 2018 unless otherwise agreed. The candidate selected is required to be present in the environment to a high extent. 

There are currently fewer female than male teachers and researchers in Philosophy, and we therefore especially encourage female candidates to apply. 

For more information about the employment, contact Professor Pär Sundström (+46-90-7865163,, or Head of department, Jonas Nilsson (+46-90-7869990, 

For information on the dept, see Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1st of October or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1221-18
  • Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department, +4690-786 99 90
  • Pär Sundström, Professor, +4690-786 51 63
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 27.Jun.2018
Last application date 15.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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