Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here.

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Humlab is a unit with just about 20 employees at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Our mission is to initiate, inspire and develop the interaction between the humanities, culture and information technology in research, postgraduate training and teaching. We work with solutions for infrastructure, support and system support and thereby contribute to excellent research and education. We also conduct our own outstanding research and participate in various projects linked to art, media, ethnology, history, language, and archaeology. We are located in two buildings on campus, partly in the Humanities building, and partly in the Social Sciences Building under the University Library, where we also have our lab environment. In this environment, we offer lectures, workshops and other events for researchers, students, and the public. Read more about us at:

Humlab is now looking for a postdoctoral fellow who will work on developing Humlab in digital humanities.

Job description
The postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct independent research. The research must be connected to the humanities, with a focus on digital humanities. The postdoctoral fellow will be linked to one or a few of Humlab's identified focus areas, which are: digital practice, digital methods, arts and pedagogical development.

In addition to own research, the tasks include contributing to the development of Humlab's research environment by actively participating in workshops, seminars and other research activities. The tasks within Humlab (up to a maximum of 20 %) may for example consist of teaching, teaching and research coordination, activities at our labs and collaboration with surrounding departments and any other stakeholders. The tasks may vary slightly over time depending on the needs of the unit.

The results of the postdoctoral fellow´s research are published in the form of international scientific articles where you are expected to act as both lead and co-author. 

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 a subject in humanities. 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 organisations, 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.

Applicants must have documented experience in research, for example publication of academic work in peer-reviewed journals or books, applied for and received research grants or participation in research projects.

Since the employment as a postdoctoral fellow mainly includes own research, research competence shall be given more weight than pedagogical competence when assessing the applicants'  qualifications.The position requires good oral and written communication skills in English. Self-motivation and good ability to  collaborate, are also requirements for the employment.

Additional qualifications
Experience of conducting independent research and publishing articles in reputable scientific journals is considered a merit. Previous experience of teaching at the university level is also considered a merit.

The application must include:

  • a brief description of the research interests and the reason for applying for the position
  • CV
  • list of publications
  • copies of the PhD certificate and other relevant degrees (3–5 pages)
  • contact details of two reference persons
  • research plan for research project in digital humanities (3–5 pages)

The application must be submitted through the electronic recruitment system Varbi no later than May 17, 2023.

Further information
The employment is a full-time, fixed-term position for 2 years, starting September 1, 2023 unless otherwise agreed. The selected candidate is required to be present  at the unit to a high extent. 

For more information about the position contact Director Karin Danielsson (+4690-786 65 86, or Deputy Director Coppélie Cocq (+4690-786 54 82,

For more information about Humlab, see 

We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment September 1, 2023 unless otherwise agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1878-22
  • Karin Danielsson, Director, +46907866586,
  • Coppelie Cocq, Deputy Director, +46907865482,
Union representative
  • SACO, +4690-7865365
  • SEKO, +4690-7865296
  • ST, +4690-7865431
Published 27.Apr.2023
Last application date 17.May.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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