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The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Theology (with any of the focus areas: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Historical or Practical Theology). The employment period is two years full-time (100%).

Job description
The postdoc is expected to conduct independent theological research. In addition to research, part of the job consists in contributing to the research environment by actively participating in the theological 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 Theology, 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 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 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 given to the scientific merits of the candidates and then to the quality and feasibility of the research plan. In assessing the feasibility of the research plan, importance will be  given to how well the research proposed fits with the research environment in Theology at the department, and to the degree to which the research competence already available at the department would support this research (a description of the research environment can be found here). 

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

  • (1) A letter of interest that states the candidate’s motivation for applying for the present position and briefly explains how the research project proposed can benefit from the research competence available at the department (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 submitted through e-recruiting system Varbi, no later than 1st of February 2019. 

Further information
The postdoc is a two years full-time position (100%) starting on the 1st of April 2019 unless otherwise agreed. The selected candidate is required to be present on site in Umeå to a high degree. 

There are currently fewer female than male teachers and researchers in Theology, and we therefore especially encourage applicants from female candidates. 

For more information about the employment, contact Professor Tomas Lindgren (+46-90-7869564,, or Head of Department, Jonas Nilsson (+46-90-7869990, 

For more information, please visit the 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 2019-04-01 or upon agreement
Salary Monthly slary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1891-18
  • Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department, +46 90-786 99 90,
  • Tomas Lindgren, Professor, +46 90-786 95 64,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 12.Nov.2018
Last application date 01.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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