Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

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We are looking for a project assistant within the Varieties of Peace research program. The extent of the employment is between 40-60 % as agreed with the person receiving the employment. The time period is 8 months, starting 15 March 2019, or as agreed.

Main work assignments
Work assignments primarily include data collection in Sri Lanka. This includes research trips to different parts of the country and if necessary to independently work with recruitment of local research assistants within the project, for example for translation during interviews.

The employee will work within the research program Varieties of Peace financed by The Swedish

Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond). For more information about the research program, please visit

Eligibility for employment is restricted to applicants with at the minimum a master’s degree in peace- and conflict studies, political science or other relevant subject, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to at the minimum a master’s degree.

We are looking for a candidate in or outside of Sri Lanka who has in-depth knowledge of conflicts and peace processes in the country. You should have documented experience from working with these questions including conducting fieldwork in Sri Lanka. Good ability of qualitative data collection and documentation is a requirement. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also a requirement.  

A broad network of contacts in Sri Lanka, preferably also in different conflict-affected areas, is an advantage. The ability to conduct research independently and the ability to collaborate are important skills. Experience in conducting surveys is also a merit.

The application shall include:

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Certified copy of diploma(s)
  • Other relevant qualifications

Please apply online via our recruiting system Varbi not later than 7 February 2019.

For more information about the position, please contact researcher Malin Åkebo, +46 90 786 57 50,

The Department of Political Science at Umeå University has about 60 employees and conducts research in fields such as peace and conflict studies, representative democracy, municipalities and administration, and sustainable development (for more information, see

Welcome with your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 15 March 2019
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 40-60 %
City Sri Lanka
Country Sri Lanka
Reference number AN 2.2.1-83-19
  • Malin Åkebo, researcher, +4690-786 57 50, email:
Union representative
  • SACO, +4690-786 53 65
  • SEKO, +4690-786 52 96
  • ST, +4690-786 54 31
Published 18.Jan.2019
Last application date 07.Feb.2019 11:59 PM CET

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