Uppsala University, Department of History of Science and Ideas

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 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/ The department now announces a fully funded position where the holder will be an active member of the Engaging Vulnerability (EV) research program.

EV is a multidisciplinary research program funded for ten years (2015–2025) by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) with support from the Vice-Chancellor’s strategic funds, and the Faculty of Arts. The goal of the program is to conduct empirical research and develop perspectives that engage vulnerability as a productive resource rather than a lack or privation. Currently, research within the program is being carried out in the disciplines of anthropology, ethnology, philosophy, rhetoric, media and communication, comparative literature, design studies, musicology, and history of ideas. Information about the program and its activities can be found at http://www.engagingvulnerability.se. In order to be considered, the application must explain clearly how the proposed project constitutes a contribution to the overall aims of the EV-program.

The EV-program open up for dissertation projects on a very broad range of possible research questions and empirical areas within the history of science and ideas.

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 weekly seminars and workshops, etc. at the department and within the research programme.

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, how it is related to the current state of research and its relevance to the EV-programme. 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/?languageId=1. 

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.

Applications will not be returned.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: September 1 2020, or soon thereafter.

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.+46-18-471 15 80, 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, or Director of Engaging Vulnerability, Don Kulick, e-mail: Don.Kulick@antro.uu.se.

Please submit your application by March 31 2020, UFV-PA 2020/729.

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.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 2020/729
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 28.Feb.2020
Last application date 31.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET

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