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The Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is looking for a postdoctoral 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, the postdoc will contribute to the development of the research environment by actively participating in philosophical research seminars and other research activities. Certain administrative tasks related to research activities may also be required. 

Qualifications and assessments
A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate is qualified for employment as a postdoctoral researcher. A doctoral degree in philosophy, or the equivalent, is required for this position. A precondition for being employed is that the applicant must not previously have been employed as a postdoc at Umeå University for more than a year within the same or equivalent discipline. The degree must be completed no more than three years before the closing date of the application unless 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. 

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

Research merits will be of primary importance in the evaluation of applicants, followed by the quality and feasibility of the research plan. 

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

(1)   A letter of interest that states the candidate’s motivation for applying for the 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 PhD thesis included
(4)   A research plan which describes the research which is to be carried out (3-5 pp)
(5)   A list of 2-3 reference persons including their positions and contact details 

The application is to be submitted through the e-recruiting system Varbi, no later than September 30th, 2019. 

Further information
The postdoc is a two years full-time position (100%) starting on January 1st, 2020 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 lecturers and researchers in philosophy and we therefore especially encourage applications from female candidates. 

For more information about the employment, contact Professor Pär Sundström (+46-90-786 51 63, or Head of Department, Jonas Nilsson (+46-90-786 99 90, 

For information about the department, 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 2020-01-01 unless otherwise agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1166-19
  • Jonas Nilsson, Head of Department, +46 90-786 99 90,
  • Pär Sundström, Professor, +46 90-786 51 63,
Union representative
  • SACO, +46 90-786 53 65
  • SEKO, +46 90-786 52 96
  • ST, +46 90-786 54 31
Published 22.Aug.2019
Last application date 30.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CET

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