Postdoctoral position in cultural anthropology, profile Engaging Vulnerability

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 30 Nov 2023

Published: 2023-11-07

Postdoctoral position in cultural anthropology, profile Engaging Vulnerability

Engaging Vulnerability is a multidisciplinary research program funded 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 cultural anthropology, philosophy, ABM, rhetoric, history, comparative literature, media and communication, art and design studies, art history, aesthetics, and history of ideas.

The program is now seeking one post-doc in cultural anthropology, 100%, from February 1, 2024 to January 31, 2026. The successful applicant is expected to conduct research that contributes to and develops the issues that are the focus of the Engaging Vulnerability program. A description of the program and its activities can be found on . In order to be considered, the application must explain clearly how the proposed project constitutes a contribution to the overall aims of the program.

Duties include conducting research, research administration and teaching one course (or the equivalent) per semester. Teaching and administration are not to exceed 20% of the fulltime position. Research may be newly established and/or may consist of transforming an unpublished doctoral dissertation into a monograph published by a leading international publisher. The successful applicant is expected to participate actively in the program’s seminars and activities, be a resource for Engaging Vulnerability’s graduate students, and contribute to the development of a vibrant research environment, both within the program and at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology. Together with the advisory board of the Engaging Vulnerability program, the successful applicant is also to plan for the program’s future activities and focus.

PhD degree in cultural or social anthropology or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in cultural or social anthropology. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Applicants who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline will be prioritized in this search. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Under special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc.

Additional qualifications

Assessment of the applications will be based primarily on the candidate's ability to conduct creative anthropological research of significant relevance to the Engaging Vulnerability program. Research may focus on people, animals, the environment and/or it can be about phenomena or theoretical perspectives that extend and deepen the way we might think about vulnerability. For the purpose of evaluation, more emphasis will be placed on the quality and relevance of the scholarly work than on the number of publications. The ability to publish in relevant, high profile contexts is an important part of this position and evidence of such ability will be considered in the assessments. The position requires the ability to work independently, good interpersonal skills, the ability to establish academic contacts around the world, the ability to formulate research questions in a way that arouses international interest, the ability to publish in relevant scholarly forums, and the ability to convey the research questions and results to a wider audience. Besides working with the Engaging Vulnerability team, the successful candidate is also to be active at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, which is the program’s administrative home.

The application should include:

 The full application must be submitted through Uppsala University's recruitment system and include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of your PhD diploma
  • A maximum of four scientific works (at least one of which must be a monograph or a compilation thesis)
  • Brief account (1000 words) of scientific and educational activities;
  • Research plan (2500 words, excluding references)
  • Contact details of two reference persons (name, telephone and e-mail)

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of two years according to central collective agreement. Full time position. Starting date February 2024 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala 

For further information about the position, please contact:

Sverker Finnström, Engaging Vulnerability, tele +46 18 4717371, [email protected]
Mats Utas, Head of Department, [email protected]

Please submit your application by 30 november 2023, UFV-PA 2023/3922.

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Placement: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben [email protected]
ST/TCO [email protected]
Saco-rådet [email protected]

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2023/3922

Last application date: 2023-11-30

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