Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research

The Department is one of the world’s leading research environments in peace and conflict research with nearly forty faculty and researchers working at the forefront on topics related to political violence and peace. It is a dynamic and international academic environment with around 90 employees and 300-400 students from all over the world. The Dag Hammarskjöld Chair in Peace and Conflict Research was created in 1985, in memory of the second Secretary-General of the United Nations who died while on a peace mission in 1961. More information about the Department can be found here: http://www.pcr.uu.se 

We are seeking an internationally recognized scholar who is interested to contribute to further developing the Department’s strong research and teaching environment.

Description of the subject area: The field of peace and conflict research is the multidisciplinary study of the causes, dynamics, and resolution of violent conflict and peace. Education and research at the Department are problem-driven, and the focus is on explaining empirical phenomena and their patterns, thereby integrating theory, methods, and empirical research.

Duties: Overall responsibility for research and third-cycle (doctoral) education in the field and its development. Teaching and supervision in courses and programmes at all levels.Teaching and much of the supervision and scientific discourse at the department is performed in English.

Own research. The appointee will be able to dedicate at least half of their working hours to their own research. In addition, the appointee will be eligible for a paid sabbatical of one semester after a number of years in the post. The appointee is expected to participate in, planning and leadership of research projects (including applications for research funding) and engaging in dialogue about research and developments in the field of peace and conflict research to actors outside of academia. Duties of an administrative nature, including management roles at department and other levels at Uppsala University, may also occur.

Required qualifications: A person who has demonstrated both research and teaching expertise is qualified for employment as a professor (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section 3). Research expertise must have been demonstrated by independent research contributions and by achievements that are of very high quality by international standards. The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in planning, initiating, leading and developing research; an ability to obtain research funding in competition; and well-documented expertise in supervising third-cycle (doctoral) students.

Teaching expertise must be demonstrated by an extensive educational portfolio. Furthermore, the applicant must demonstrate well-documented expertise in supervision at first-cycle (undergraduate) level, second-cycle (Master’s) level and third-cycle (doctoral) level, and must otherwise meet the requirements laid down in the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University (Section 32) and the Faculty of Social Sciences Supplementary Guidelines (section 2b).

The teaching expertise, research expertise and professional skill must be relevant to the subject matter of the position and the duties that the position will involve. Because the teaching at the Department is given in English, to meet these qualifications, applicants must have a documented ability to teach in English.

Since Uppsala University is a government agency, most administrative meetings and documents are in Swedish and translations cannot always be provided. This is why an employee should  learn Swedish as soon as possible in order to fully contribute to the collegial activities at Uppsala University.

As stipulated in the Appointment Regulations for Uppsala University, one general qualification required for teaching staff is that applicants must be able to work with other people and otherwise meet the demands of suitability required to perform their duties well.

Assessment criteria: research and educational expertise
The assessment criteria used in the appointment of a teacher at Uppsala University will be the degree of the expertise required as a qualification for employment.

When making an appointment to this professorship, weight will be primarily given to research and educational expertise, with particular attention being given to research expertise. However, in an overall assessment of the criteria, an applicant whose educational expertise is deemed far superior to that of an applicant with slightly superior research expertise may be ranked ahead of the latter applicant.

In assessing research expertise, research quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of the research, in terms primarily of its depth and breadth, will also be taken into account. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national academic community will be assessed on the basis of such criteria as the quality and scope of their scholarly publications in the most relevant publishing channels for the subject. The international track record required will be assessed according to the nature and specific circumstances of the subject.

Research expertise must have been demonstrated through independent research contributions that both qualitatively and quantitatively considerably exceed that which is required for docent status.

The applicant must normally have been principal supervisor of at least one doctoral student up to and including the thesis defence, unless there are special grounds otherwise.

Teaching expertise will be evaluated as carefully as research expertise. In assessing teaching expertise, teaching quality will be the primary consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be taken into account. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the capacity to plan, initiate, lead and develop education and teaching, as well as the ability to base teaching on research in the subject concerned, subject didactics, and teaching and learning in higher education.

Assessment criteria: other expertise
In addition, the assessment will take into account the degree of administrative and other expertise that is relevant with regard to the subject matter and duties of the position. Attention will also be paid to team-working abilities and skill in developing and leading activities and staff, and the potential to contribute to synergies within and beyond the department. Further, attention will be paid to the ability to collaborate with the wider community and to communicate research and development issues.

Experience of management responsibility, demonstrated by responsibilities at department level or similar, is regarded as a valuable qualification.

When the University appoints new teachers, it will select the applicants who, upon a qualitative overall assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to perform and develop the duties concerned and to contribute to the positive development of the department/equivalent.

Qualifications must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both their quality and their scope.

In this recruitment, the recruitment committee may make use of interviews, trial lectures and references. Applicants should therefore provide a list of reference persons who can shed light on the applicant’s professional proficiency and personal qualities that are relevant to the position, e.g. team-working abilities, leadership abilities and working methods.

Personal circumstances (parental leave, part-time employment because of childcare, union responsibilities, military service, etc.), that may be considered to the applicant’s advantage when evaluating qualifications should be taken up in connection with the account of qualifications and experiences.

Application process: A complete application is to be submitted via Uppsala University’s recruitment system and should comprise:

  • Letter of application
  • List of attachments
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Presentation of research qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Presentation of educational qualifications
  • Presentation of other qualifications
  • Scholarly (maximum 10) and (if any) educational publications cited
  • List of reference persons (name, contact details, previous working relationship) 

Instructions for drawing up the application

Please note: The application, including attachments, is to be submitted electronically in the recruitment system Varbi. Any publications cited that are not available in electronic format should be sent in triplicate to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 256, 751 05 Uppsala. Mark the package with the reference number UFV-PA 2022/3290.

For further information see the University's Appointment Regulations

and the Faculty's supplementary guidelines for appointment

About the position: The position is permanent and full-time. Starting date by agreement. Placement: Uppsala

Further information about the position is available from: Professor Ashok Swain, Head of Department, email; ashok.swain@pcr.uu.se 

Questions about the appointment procedure may be addressed to: Faculty Officer Ellinor Fiebranz Andersson, email samfak@samfak.uu.se

We look forward to receiving your application by 1 February 2023.

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.





Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreed
Salary Individual wage setting
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2022/3290
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 07.Nov.2022
Last application date 01.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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