Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other's successes.

The Department of Law is expansive and currently has close to sixty employees. The department is responsible for the law program and individual legal courses, and also participates in several other academic programs. For more detailed information, see our website: here.

The Department of Law is looking for a postdoc to join a multidisciplinary research team. This is a two-year full-time position starting October 1, 2019 or upon agreement. The position consists of 20% teaching and 80% conducting research.

Project description and working tasks

The postdoctoral project is part of the six-year project “Judicial independence under pressure? Building an infrastructure for multidisciplinary research of the Court of Justice of the European Union”. The project is carried out by a research group consisting of researchers in law and political science at five research institutions (across four countries). The main purpose of the project is to create a multidisciplinary platform for a long-needed improvement of the research on law and politics in Europe. At the core of the project will be a comprehensive database with detailed information on all cases and judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which will contribute to the goal of better understanding the conditions for judicial independence under political constraints. Together with the rest of the project team, the successful candidate will participate in designing and developing the database, organizing and participating in activities, and conducting research using the database. The postdoc will be co-supervised by Mattias Derlén (Umeå University), Johan Lindholm (Umeå University), and Daniel Naurin (Gothenburg University and University of Oslo).

Requirements and Qualifications

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree, in law, political science, international relations, or another discipline relevant to the project. Absent exceptional circumstances (sick leave, parental leave etc.), preference is given to applicants that have received the doctoral degree in the last three years. Postdoctoral researchers who will teach or supervise should have relevant education.

The main assessment criteria for the appointment are documented research skills and academic track record and we are looking for a highly motivated and responsible candidate who wants to develop as an individual scientist as well as a research team member. When selecting among applicants, the selection committee will particularly favor applicants having education in or experience with any of the following: law and politics, including judicial politics; studies of the CJEU or other courts; studies of European law and/or politics; empirical legal studies; law and economics; statistics; programming; network analysis; and text mining. An ability to perform research independently as well as in a team and excellent skills in the English language, both oral and written, are essential.


The application should include

a cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, and your motives for applying (max 2 pages), curriculum vitae (CV), a list of publications, copies of relevant degree certificates, copies of relevant publications, contact information for one or more references, transcripts of university studies, any other document you wish to invoke.

Further details regarding the positions are provided by Professor Mattias Derlén, telephone +46 90 786 92 32 or e-mail

Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system. Log on and apply via the bottom of the page. Applications must be submitted no later than September 6, 2019.

We look forward to your application!

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-10-01 or upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1191-19
  • Görel Granström, 090-7867418
  • Mattias Derlén, 090-7869232
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 15.Aug.2019
Last application date 06.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CEST

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