Uppsala University, Department of Linguistics and Philology

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of Linguistics and Philology pursues research and education in a number of languages and language-related subjects, and is an international working environment. The department’s activities cover many of the classical and modern languages and cultures in large areas of Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as computational and general linguistics. Programmes are offered at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels.

Principal Duties: The position involves teaching Iranian languages, particularly Kurdish, at the undergraduate and master’s level. Teaching of other Iranian languages may also be required. Duties include responsibility for the teaching, administration and development of courses, as well as research. Other duties include actively seeking external research funding and keeping up to date with developments in the lecturer’s subject area and in society at large.

Required qualifications: An applicant who is qualified to be hired as a senior lecturer has a PhD degree or equivalent academic competence, demonstrated teaching skills, and the personal capacity to successfully perform the duties of the position. For this position, the applicant must have a PhD or the equivalent in linguistics or literature.

As part of the requirement of demonstrated teachings skills, the applicant must have passed a course relevant for the position comprising at least 10 weeks (or equivalent knowledge) in higher education teaching and pedagogy. In special cases, this training can instead be completed during the first two years of employment.

Another requirement is documented ability to teach in English or Swedish. The applicant must further have a documented ability to teach in Kurdish.

If the applicant is unable to teach in Swedish, it is expected that s/he will acquire this ability within two years after being hired.

The applicant’s scientific expertise, teaching skills and professional skills must be relevant for the subject area and duties of the position. The applicant shall also possess the requisite personal qualities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such personal qualities are in this case flexibility, ability to cooperate, and responsibility.

Evaluation criteria: In selecting among candidates for this position, equal weight will be accorded to academic expertise and pedagogical skills. Equal consideration will be given to examining applicants’ qualifications in each area.

Academic expertise: Academic expertise here concerns research qualifications in Kurdish linguistics and/or Kurdish literary studies. When evaluating academic expertise, the main criterion will be academic excellence within the field. Research on other Iranian languages and comparative Iranian philology is also meritorious. The range of the research, in terms of scope and depth, is also significant. Also taken into consideration are the ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop research projects, successful acquisition of competitive research funding, and demonstrated ability to collaborate, both academically and with the surrounding community.

Pedagogical skills: When evaluating pedagogical skills, pedagogical quality will be the main criterion. Primary consideration will be given to undergraduate teaching, which should be well documented. Experience of course development and the teaching of distance-learning courses is meritorious. The range of the teaching (both its breadth and its depth) is of importance. The ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop programmes and courses is crucial, as is the ability to link teaching to research. Another aspect of pedagogical skill is being able to discuss pedagogical issues and collaborate on them with persons and organizations both within and outside the academic setting.

All qualifications must be documented so that they can be evaluated in terms of both quality and scope.

Evaluation criteria, further qualifications: Administrative competence is of importance for the position and will be weighted highly in evaluation. Administrative competence is demonstrated by the ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work in a way that is efficient and suitable for the task at hand, and to set and keep deadlines. It further includes comprehensive organizational planning, managing financial resources in a way that is compatible with the priorities of the organization, and being able to work in a structured, goal-oriented and quality-conscious way.

When the university hires new lecturers, those applicants should be selected who upon a full qualitative evaluation are deemed best suited to carry out and develop the work duties and contribute to positive development of the organization.

In this recruitment, the recruitment committee may use interviews, a test lecture, and references. The applicant should therefore provide a list of (at most two) referees who can vouch for the applicant’s professional skill as well as personal qualities of relevance for the position, such as ability to cooperate, leadership skills, and working methods.

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.

Personal circumstances (such as parental leave), that may benefit the applicants in the assessment of qualifications should be included in the list of qualifications and experience.

Application procedure: The application, completed in full and written in Swedish or English, shall be submitted through Uppsala University’s electronic recruitment system.

For this recruitment, the application should preferably be written in English. It must include:

  • Personal letter, including list of attachments
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Description of research qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Description of other qualifications
  • Academic and any pedagogical works that are brought to bear (at most 10)
  • A clear statement of the amount of the applicant’s teaching experience, expressed in hours.

Any publications referred to that are not available digitally and cannot be scanned, should be sent in two copies to Språkvetenskapliga fakulteten, Uppsala University, Box 256 SE -751 26 Uppsala, Sweden; note UFV-PA 2019/3430. 

For further information: see Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University and the Faculty of Language’s supplementary appointment guidelines.

Salary: Individual salary to be negotiated.

Starting Date: 2020-08-01, or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Part time, permanent position, probationary period may apply.

Scope of employment: 50%

For further information about the position please contact: Professor Carina Jahani, Carina.Jahani@lingfil.uu.se, tel 018-471 7869, or Joakim Nivre, Head of the Department, Joakim.Nivre@lingfil.uu.se, tel 018-471 7009. 

Please submit your application by 7 January 2020, UFV-PA 2019/3430.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 2020-08-01
Salary Individuell lönesättning tillämpas
Number of positions 1
Working hours 50%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2019/3430
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 28.Nov.2019
Last application date 07.Jan.2020 11:59 PM CET

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