Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

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 Culture and Media Studies is part of the Faculty of Arts at Umeå University, and has a broad educational and research field within the discipline’s ethnology, journalism, art history and visual studies, cultural analysis, literary studies, media- and communication studies and museology. The department has about 60 employees and the unique combination of disciplines makes the department a creative milieu with an intersection of arts, culture, media and literature.

The department of Culture and Media Studies is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in Art History and Visual Studies.

Qualifications and evaluation criteria
A person who has been awarded a doctorate in Art History and Visual Studies, Theory and History of Art or the equivalent or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate in either of the subjects is qualified for the employment as a postdoctoral researcher. 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 an 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.

Research merits are the primary basis for evaluation. The ranking of the candidates is based on the quality of the research merits.

Particular emphasis will be put on the candidates’ experience of research in art history and visual studies or theory and history of arts.

A general assessment criterion is both good ability to work with others, as well as the competence and suitability otherwise required to carry out the work duties successfully.

Terms of employment
The postdoctoral position involves research for two years and active participation in the disciplines’ research activities. Teaching can be included up to 20 % of a fulltime position.

The postdoc is a two-year full-time position (100%) starting on 2020-03-01 or as agreed. The place of work is Umeå and high level of attendance at the department is a requirement.

The application in Swedish or English must include:

• A letter of interest that states the candidate´s motivation for applying for the present position and his/her qualifications
• CV (with complete publication list)
• Project description (maximum five pages)
• Validated copy of degree certificate (education degrees, dissertation date, past and present employment, awards/scholarship, research grants, research collaborations)
• Five publications that the applicant wishes to be evaluated
• Contact information to at least two reference persons

You apply through Umeå University’s recruitment system no later than 2020-01-17. For more information about the position, contact lecturer Märit Simonsson, +46 90-786 65 36, or Head of Department, Karin Ljuslinder, +46 90-786 79 48,

We look forward to your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-03-01 unless otherwise agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1934-19
  • Märit Simonsson, Lecturer, +46 90-786 65 36,
  • Karin Ljuslinder, Head of Deparment, +46 90-786 79 48,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 20.Dec.2019
Last application date 17.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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