Five salaried doctoral student positions in archaeology, history, the study of religions, or literary studies (comparative, English, French, or German literature)

Linnaeus University

Sweden

March 6, 2022

Description

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Linnaeus University is located in the southern Swedish region of Småland, with campuses in Växjö and Kalmar. The university has 2 100 employees and more than 44 000 students and offers over 200 degree programmes and 1 500 single- subject courses. Research at Linnaeus University is of high quality, nationally as well as internationally, not least at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, where research in global humanities, including world archaeology, global history, world literature, colonial and postcolonial studies, and intermedial and multimodal studies, is prominent.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, now announces five salaried doctoral student positions with a specialisation in global humanities, in any of the following disciplines: archaeology, history, the study of religions, and comparative, English, French, or German literature.

Subject area for the position Archaeology, comparative literature, English literature, French literature, German literature, history, or the study of religions.

Location until further notice Växjö

Linnaeus University has two main campuses, one in Växjö and one in Kalmar. The research school is located in Växjö, but PhD-students are expected to participate in activities at both campuses.

Form of employment and hours 48 months temporary employment, full time.

The employment as a doctoral student is limited according to Chapter 5, Section 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The total employment period may not exceed the equivalent of full-time third-cycle (postgraduate) studies for four years. However, besides their own studies, someone employed as a doctoral student may to a limited extent work with education, (artistic) research, and administration, in which case the period of employment will be extended proportionally. Such work may not exceed 20 per cent of full-time work.

The current (January 2022) starting salary for a doctoral student is SEK 28 850 per month (subject to tax).

For more information about employment and working conditions at Linnaeus University, see the website of the Office of Human Resources.

Starting date 1 September 2022.

Job description Duties include third-cycle (postgraduate) studies up to a doctoral degree, corresponding to a maximum of four years of full-time studies in one of seven possible third-cycle education subjects: archaeology, history, the study of religions, comparative literature, English literature, French literature, or German literature. Third-cycle programmes include compulsory and elective courses of 60 credits (ECTS) and a doctoral thesis corresponding to 180 credits. For more information about third-cycle programmes at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, see the information on the Faculty's website and the general study plans (syllabi) in each subject area:

Archaeology, history, and the study of religions: General study plan for third-cycle studies in subject within Cultural Sciences

Comparative literature, English literature, French literature, and German literature: General study plan for third-cycle studies in Comparative literature

As a doctoral student you will be part of the faculty's new Doctoral Programme in Global Humanities. As such, you will play an important part in the faculty's research environment, as well as at your home department. You will be expected to contribute actively by regularly attending seminars, workshops, research retreats, courses, and other activities organised by the programme and/or your home department, and to interact regularly with other doctoral students, researchers, and teachers at the faculty. You will be expected to spend most of your working hours at the Växjö campus of Linnaeus University, unless your research or other work requires otherwise (e.g., fieldwork or archival research).

Context of the position The proposed doctoral projects must fall within the field of global humanities, as defined on the website for the faculty's Doctoral Programme in Global Humanities. The programme is an international and inclusive research environment, and applicants of any nationality, based anywhere in the world at the time of the application deadline, are welcome to apply.

As a doctoral student, you will be employed by the department to which your subject belongs. Consequently, you will be expected to contribute to your department's research environment and activities, in addition to those of the Doctoral Programme in Global Humanities. You may also be affiliated to a research centre or group at the faculty, such as the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, the Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies, the Centre for Applied Heritage, the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures, the Archaeothanatology Working Group, the Medieval Forum Linnaeus, or the Digital Humanities Project.

At least one of the five positions will be in history and the successful candidate will be a part of the National Graduate School of Historical Studies, which requires basic proficiency in Swedish. This requirement only pertains to this position. No knowledge of Swedish is required for the other four positions (which may be in any of the seven possible third-cycle education subjects, including history).

Qualifications

General entry requirements according to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 7, Section 39):

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if that person:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification normally an MA;
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • Specific entry requirements according to the requirements of Linnaeus University:

  • Proficiency in English, corresponding to the general entry requirements for university studies in Sweden (at the bachelor's level). For further information, see the website of the Swedish Council for Higher Education
  • AND one of the following:

  • At least 120 credits of passed courses in archaeology or the equivalent, of which at least 30 credits must be at the second-cycle level, including an independent project of least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • At least 120 credits of passed courses in comparative literature, English literature, French literature, or German literature , of which at least 30 credits must be at the second-cycle level, including an independent project of at least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • At least 120 credits of passed courses in history or the equivalent, of which at least 30 credits must be at the second-cycle level, including an independent project of at least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • At least 120 credits of passed courses in the study of religions or the history of religions or the equivalent, of which at least 30 credits must be at the second-cycle level, including an independent project of at least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
  • AND, for one of the five positions, which will be in history and be part of the National Graduate School in Historical Studies:

  • Ability to understand spoken and written academic Swedish ( note that this requirement only pertains to one of the five positions; the other four positions (in any of the seven possible third-cycle subjects, including history, do not require proficiency in Swedish ).
  • All entry requirements must be fulfilled by the time of the application deadline.

    For more information about specific entry requirements and additional information about the education, see the general study plans (syllabi) for education at the third-cycle level (see links above).

    Application

    The application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • A cover letter in which you explain your reasons for applying for the position (max two pages); the letter should also clearly state which of the four possible research subjects the application concerns, and whether it concerns the position linked to the National Graduate School in Historical Studies.
  • Your CV (max two pages).
  • Attested copies of degree certificates/transcripts demonstrating your eligibility for the position (including proof of proficiency in English and, if the application concerns the position linked to the National Graduate School in Historical Studies, proof of basic proficiency in Swedish).
  • A research plan (max 10 000 characters excl. references), including purpose, theory, research questions, method, and time plan.
  • A copy of the applicant's MA thesis or the equivalent.
  • Names of and contact details for up to three referees.
  • For more information about the application procedure and to apply, please visit the webpage “Work at the University .

    Deadline for applications is 6 March 2022.

    Assessment criteria

    Selection of applicants will be made with regard to their ability to assimilate the education at the third-cycle level. The assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  • The relevance, originality, and feasibility of the research plan in relation to the field of global humanities, as defined on the website for the doctoral program.
  • The applicant's academic qualifications, particularly the quality and relevance of their MA thesis or the equivalent.
  • Other relevant qualifications and references.
  • Further information

    Director of the Doctoral Programme in Global Humanities: Stefan Amirell

    Head of the Department of Cultural Sciences (archaeology, history, study of religions): Malin Lennartsson

    Head of the Department of Film and Literature (comparative literature): Anders Åberg

    Head of the Department of Languages (English, French, and German literature): Anna Greek

    HR partner: Josefin Grahn

    Union representatives can be reached via the university's switchboard 0772-28 80 00.

    Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.

    Please apply by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.