Postdoc position in gender studies

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Umeå Centre for Gender Studies announces a postdoctoral position with a focus on gender studies. The position is full-time for two years with placement at the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University. The position includes own research with at least 80% of full-time. The amount of teaching is to a maximum of 20% of full time.

Starting date is February 1, 2024 or by agreement.

Work tasks

The person employed as a postdoctoral fellow will conduct their own research with a gender studies focus. The research must be described by the applicant in a research plan attached to the application for the position. As a postdoc, you are also expected to contribute to the department's common research environment and to be part of and contribute to an educational environment. 

Teaching and supervision at undergraduate and graduate level and possibly doctoral level, as well as certain other research-related administrative tasks may be included to a maximum of 20% of the working time.


For this position, applicants must have a doctoral degree in gender studies or equivalent scientific competence deemed relevant in relation to the research conducted at Umeå Center for Gender Studies. Read more here about the research at Umeå Center for Gender Studies . Those who have a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to the above can also be considered qualified. Qualified to be employed as a postdoctoral researcher is anyone who has completed a doctoral degree no later than the time the employment decision is made. You may not have previously been employed as a postdoc for more than one year in the same or related subject area at Umeå University to be eligible for the position.

First consideration should be given to those who graduated no more than three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, those who have completed a doctoral degree earlier may be considered. Special reasons refer to leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical service, positions of trust in trade unions or other similar circumstances.

A requirement is that the applicant is able to express themselves well in English in speech and writing, and a good knowledge of Swedish in speech and writing is an advantage.

Assessment criteria

We welcome applicants who conduct or have conducted gender studies research. The most important basis for assessment is the contribution to the research area as described in the applicant's research plan and previous scientific production. The ability to conduct independent research and the ability to participate in research collaborations are also important merits.

Teaching is included as part of the employment and documented experience of teaching at basic and advanced level and university pedagogical training is therefore relevant qualifications. However, since the main part of the postdoctoral position consists of own research, scientific competence is more important than pedagogical and educational competence when assessing the applicants' qualifications.

Other assessment criteria include a good ability to cooperate, and other suitability that is considered a prerequisite for full implementation of tasks.

About the position

The position is at the Umeå Center for Gender Studies at Umeå University and the place of employment is Umeå. Regular attendance at the workplace is a requirement and active participation and involvement in the unit's activities  is expected. 

The position is a fixed-term, full-time position for two years. The employment includes own research to at least 80% of the working hours.


The application should be written in Swedish or English and contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, and your motives for applying (maximum 2 pages)
  • CV/resume
  • A critical reflection on own research conducted (maximum 1000 words)
  • Maximum 3 scientific publications
  • Certified copies of grades and diplomas
  • Research plan/proposal (max. 2500 words) describing the research that you plan to carry out within the framework of the position
  • Contact details of at least two references
  • Any other qualifications that you wish to refer to

You apply via our recruitment system Varbi. Applications must be received no later than December 5, 2023. 

For further information, please contact head of department Åsa Karlsson Sjögren, [email protected], +46 90 786 62 48.

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About Umeå Centre for Gender Studies

UCGS provides education in gender studies at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level. Umeå Centre for Gender Studies is one of the largest arenas for gender education and research in Sweden. It is a vibrant and creative research environment that promotes interdisciplinary meetings and collaborations and where we actively strive to meet current societal challenges through knowledge development and education.  We are a gathering place for research and education in gender research at Umeå University, responsible for creating a cohesive and powerful organization for that research.

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