Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

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The Department of Language Studies conducts research in linguistics, Nordic languages, modern languages, literature, Sami languages and Sami studies, as well as language teaching and learning. Robust and interdisciplinary research environments are found within our research groups and research networks. Read more here: 

The Department of Language Studies announces a postdoctoral fellow in one of the following research areas: 

  • medical humanities;
  • speculative fiction with a focus on English-language literature;
  • multilingualism and literacy in contexts of educational science 
  • language and cognition with a focus on metaphor and metonymy studies, lexical studies, or construction grammar studies.

Job description
As a postdoctoral fellow, you are expected to conduct your own individually designed project, including publications and engagement with the surrounding community. You will also participate in the development of the subject's research environment, for example through participation in seminars, research networks and gatherings. You are also expected to attend other meetings and gatherings at the department, such as workplace meetings and staff days. The position includes teaching up to a maximum of twenty percent of the total working time. 

In order to be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow, it is required to have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree within or relevant to one or more of the advertised research areas. This qualification requirement must be fulfilled no later than at the time of the employment decision.

To be appointed under the postdoctoral agreement, priority should be given to candidates who completed their doctoral degree, according to what is stipulated in the paragraph above, no later than three years prior. If there are special reasons, candidates who completed their doctoral degree prior to that may also be eligible. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade union organizations, military service, or similar circumstances, as well as clinical practice or other forms of appointment/assignment relevant to the subject area.

Postdoctoral fellows who are to teach or supervise must have taken relevant courses in teaching and learning in higher education.

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.

In the selection research expertise will be given primary importance.

Special importance will be given to research publications and the outlined project's originality and feasibility.

Great importance will be given to how well the planned project complements and challenges the research environment at the Department of Language Studies as well as the existing research environment's opportunities to contribute positively to the implementation of the planned project.

Good ability to express oneself orally and in writing in English, as well as good ability to collaborate, are also requirements for the position.

A complete application should include the following documents in Swedish or English: 

  •  A cover letter where the applicant motivates their interest in starting a postdoctoral fellow position specifically at the Department of Language Studies and where the applicant's competence in relation to the position's content is specified (2-3 pages) 
  •  A project outline that demonstrates the project's originality, feasibility, and relevance to the department's research environment (3-5 pages) 
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Excerpts from Ladok, or equivalent, documenting completed university credits and a copy of the degree certificate for the doctoral degree 
  • A complete list of publications
  • Electronic copies of relevant research publications (max 5) 

The application must be submitted via the e-recruitment system Varbi no later than April 24, 2023

Further information
The employment is a full-time, fixed-term position for 2 years, starting November 1, 2023 unless otherwise agreed.

Place of work is Umeå University and a high attendance at the department is a requirement.

For more information about the position, contact Head of Department Daniel Andersson,

Please note: the Swedish version of this advertisement is the official version.
In case of any differences in information between this and the official version of the advertisement, the official (Swedish advertisement) is the legally correct version.

We look forward to receiving your application! 

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-11-01 unless otherwise agreed
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-427-23
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
Published 16.Mar.2023
Last application date 24.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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