Uppsala University, Department of Sociology

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Subject description: This two year postdoctoral position is part of an international and interdisciplinary research project JUSTEMOTIONS; The Construction of Objectivity: An international perspective on the emotive-cognitive process of judicial decision-making. The project is financed by the European Research Council (ERC). The first year of the postdoctoral position will be spent collecting data in the US. Working with Professor Terry Maroney of Vanderbilt, the postdoc will collect data at state courts and prosecution offices of different levels (lower, appeal) and in different states. Travel costs are covered by the project. The position is full-time and includes benefits through Uppsala University (see link at bottom of this page about working for Uppsala University).

For more information about the project see: http://www.soc.uu.se/forskning/justemotions/

Work duties: The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. The research work includes securing access and doing fieldwork in courts and prosecution offices in the US (the project already has key contacts in the field):

  • shadowing prosecutors and judges
  • court observations of criminal hearings
  • conducting interviews with legal professionals
  • day-to-day management of the project

-communicating with a range of professionals at different levels
-transcription and coding of interviews, fieldnotes and documentary sources (using the Software NVivo)
-development of a shared coding scheme
-communication with project colleagues in Sweden, Italy, and Scotland via skype and at workshops in the participating countries

  • drafting and submitting single and co-authored manuscripts to peer-reviewed international journals
  • communicating findings through court presentations in the US as well as internationally at seminars and conferences

Requirements: For employment as postdoc, the applicant should have a PhD exam or an international equivalent within the field of Sociology or other for the position relevant fields, within a maximum of three (3) years before the final application date. During certain circumstances, an earlier PhD can be acceptable. Certain circumstances include leave due to illness, parental leave, in trade unions, etc. 

The assessment of applications is based primarily on the applicant's ability to conduct independent research based on scientific skill. The applicant shall have documented knowledge in the relevant field of research (sociology of emotions and/or socio-legal studies). Experience of qualitative methods (interviews and observations) and evidence of excellent written and oral English (near native ability) as well as experience of doing research or working in legal settings, particularly in the USA. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen the JUSTEMOTIONS research project.

The application must include:

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degrees, publications, language skills
  • A letter describing your research interests, skills and motivation to apply for the position (why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    and description of requested skills)
  • An attested copy of your PhD degree
  • Copies of texts that illustrate your abilities (PhD thesis, articles etc. max 3 texts)
  • Two reference letters with contact details

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: Individual pay.

Starting date: 2019-09-01.

Type of employment: Temporary position for two years.

Working hours: 100 % (full-time)

For further information about the position, please contact Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Stina Bergman Blix, +46(0)18-471 5089, stina.bergmanblix@soc.uu.se

Please submit your application by 23th of May 2019, UFV-PA 2019/1220.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2019-08-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2019/1220
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 17.Apr.2019
Last application date 23.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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