Uppsala University, Department of History of Science and Ideas

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in 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 over 45,000 students, more than 7,000 employees and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion.

The Department of History of Science and Ideas is a vibrant and excellent research environment, with a particular emphasis on history of medicine, intellectual political history, history of science, intellectual history, media history and history of education. Around 40 teachers, researchers and guests work in the milieu, including ca 15 PhD students. See our website for more information. http://www.idehist.uu.se/

Qualifications: To be eligible the applicant must have a Master’s Degree in the humanities or social sciences relevant to research in the broad field of history of science and ideas (see our website for examples). We encourage applicants from all countries to apply and the dissertation is written in English. Swedish reading and listening comprehension is expected within two years.

Please note that admission to a PhD programme at Uppsala University is highly competitive and that a Master’s Degree at the time of application is a prerequisite.

Position: Successful candidates will pursue their doctoral studies full-time in Uppsala and are expected to participate actively in departmental activities such as seminars, workshops, etc.

The position is a 4-year full-time employment (starting salary is currently 27 300 SEK/month) which qualifies for all Swedish social benefits, such as paid parental leave. The position might also entail teaching and other assignments up to 20% of the full-time position (extending the position proportionally).

Application: Your application can be written in English or Swedish and should include: 1) a brief CV, outlining your academic progress to date, 2) a copy of your MA thesis, 3) a statement (of no more than 1500 words) outlining your proposed research. This outline should describe your research question and how it is related to the current state of research. The outline should also have a short discussion of possible sources for answering your question and methodological considerations regarding the potential of these sources, 4) an authorized copy of your Master’s degree and course grades, 5) name and e-mail addresses of at least two referees.

Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala university's rules and guidelines. http://regler.uu.se/Rules_and_regulations_in_English/

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: Fixed salary. 

Starting date: September 1 2020, or soon thereafter. Applications will not be returned.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. 

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Head of Department, Frans Lundgren, tel.+46-18-4711580, e- mail: Frans.Lundgren@idehist.uu.se, or Director of PhD studies, Thomas Karlsohn, tel. +46-18-4717287, e-mail: Thomas.Karlsohn@idehist.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 31 March 2020, UFV-PA 2020/725 .

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 https://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/join-us/. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/725
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 27.Feb.2020
Last application date 31.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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