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The Department of Language Studies invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the didactics of modern languages with a focus on French, Spanish or German. These subjects are offered within the upper secondary school teacher program and as main areas for degrees at the undergraduate and advanced level.

The position is a two-year full-time employment starting on the 1st of November 2020 or upon agreement.

The Department of Language Studies conducts research in linguistics, Nordic languages, modern languages, the literature of modern languages, Sami languages and Sami studies, as well as language didactics and pedagogical work with a focus on language and learning. For more information, please visit: https://www.

Qualifications and eligibility requirements
Applicants who have been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate in, or relevant to, one or more of the advertised research areas, qualifies for employment as a postdoctoral fellow.

A precondition is that the applicant has not previously been employed as a postdoctoral fellow at Umeå University for more than a year within the same or equivalent discipline. The doctoral degree must be completed no more than three years before the closing date of the application. Candidates who have completed their degree prior to this may be considered 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.

In the assessment of qualified applicants, primary consideration will be given to research expertise. Particular emphasis will be placed on research publications and the outlined project.

Great emphasis will be placed on the planned project's potential to positively contribute to the research environment at the Department of Language Studies and the existing possibilities of the research environment to positively contribute to the execution of the planned project.

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

Job description
The postdoctoral fellow will primarily engage in their own research. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to take an active part in the development of the research environment. The position may involve teaching up to a maximum of 20 percent of the full-time employment.

A complete application must contain the following documents (in English or Swedish):

(1) A cover letter in which the applicants describes their interest in starting a job as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Language Studies (1-2 pages)
(2) A Curriculum Vitae
(3) A transcript from the Ladok student registry, and/or equivalent attested copies of academic transcripts and a copy of the degree certificate
(4) A complete list of publications
(5) Electronic copies of selected research publications
(6) A concise research plan - must not exceed 30,000 characters incl blank spaces. The research plan must contain descriptions of:
- purpose and problem area
- previous research
- implementation, i.e. method, material, theory and timetable
(7) A list of two reference persons incl. their contact information

Applications are to be submitted through the University’s e-recruitment system Varbi no later than October 18th, 2020

Additional information
The postdoctoral fellow position is a two-year temporary employment starting on the 1st of November 2020, or upon agreement.
The position is placed in Umeå, and presence at the Department to a high extent is a requirement.

Further information about the employment is provided by Deputy Head of Department (research) Marlene Johansson Falck (+4690-786 60 04, or Head of Department Daniel Andersson (+4690-786 57 08,

More information about the Institute of Language Studies can be found here: department-of-language-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 2020-11-01 eller enligt överenskommelse
Salary månadslön
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1172-20
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
Published 18.Sep.2020
Last application date 18.Oct.2020 11:59 PM CET

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