Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer Courses in peace and conflict studies. Currently approx. 90 persons are employed at the Department and at present some 300-400 students come from all corners of the world. Courses offered include undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as a Ph.D. programme. For more information about the department, visit www.pcr.uu.se.

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The department and the project Societies at risk: The Impact of armed conflict on human development, now seek to hire one teaching assistant/’amanuens’, for a termporary part time employment (20%), until 2 June 2023.

The project started in January 2022 with funding from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and will run through 2027. This multi-disciplinary program, led by Professor Håvard Hegre, brings together scholars from economics, epidemiology, political science, and conflict research to study the effects of armed conflict in much more detail and comprehensiveness than earlier studies. It takes a risk-analysis perspective, seeing the expected impact as a function of hazard, exposure, and vulnerability, and consider effects at both the macro and micro level, on economies, health, water security, political institutions, human rights, forced migration, and gender equality. The project is described more, here. Hazard will be modeled through an early-warning system, expanding the well-established ViEWS system, to alert observers to particularly detrimental occurrences of violence (pcr.uu.se/research/views). 

Duties for an amanuens position, can include teaching, administration or participation in research or artistic research. Expected duties for this position:

  • Data collection and preparation
  • Development of illustrations (maps, statistical or data-based graphs, visual summaries)
  • Development and write-up of documentation material
  • Workshop assistance and miscellaneous writing tasks
  • Programming tasks to improve presentation and data analysis in ViEWS
  • Statistical analysis of data
  • Brief case studies of regions/countries of particular interest for the forecasts
  • The teaching assist will report to the project leader, and work closely with research assistants and researchers within Societies at Risk.

For employment as a teaching assistant, it is a requirement that you are admitted as a student at undergraduate or advanced level. Furthermore, for this position, you need to; 

  • be an active student in the peace and conflict program at Uppsala University
  • be able to work independently, have excellent knowledge of quantitative methods, including machine-learning methods
  • be familiar with evaluation of prediction systems, have very good working knowledge and experience of R, Python and GitHub
  • have excellent writing skills in English.

Additional qualifications
The following is seen as meritorious; 

  • you are an active master student within the Master's programme of peace and conflict studies at Uppsala University
  • you have experience of developing templates and information material in Overleaf
  • you have knowledge in survey methods, statistics and empirical social research are merited skills
  • you have experience as project assistant is also an advantage
  • you are good at paying attention to detail and exactness, have analytical and problem-solving skills, and good interpersonal abilities (emphasis will be placed on personal suitability).

The application must contain a personal letter clarifying why you are interested in the service (1 page) and a CV.

About the employment
The employment is a: temporary position (4 months), and according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 12. Scope of employment: 20%. Starting date: 2 June, or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala.

For further information about the position, please contact: Håvard Hegre, havard.hegre@pcr.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 26 January 2023, UFV-PA 2022/5061.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment 2023-02-06
Salary individual salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 20
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2022/5061
Union representative
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 09.Jan.2023
Last application date 26.Jan.2023 11:59 PM CET

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