Postdoctoral position in Russian and Eurasian Studies, specializing in Social Science

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 01 Jun 2022

Published: 2022-04-27

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University and has an integrated multi-disciplinary long-term research program with an in-depth focus on recent developments in Russia, and in the post-Soviet sphere.

Russian and Eurasian Studies has been an established academic discipline at Uppsala University for almost fifty years. We study processes of social, political and economic transformation in Russia and the post-soviet area. But also international and regional cooperation, the EU’s and NATO’s eastward enlargement, energy policy, cyber-security, terrorism and ethnic conflicts and types of political regime and democratization. Of equal interest are language issues, language policy, minority politics and diaspora affairs, and issues related to transnational minorities, historical memory, gender and ethnicity from a historical, cultural, political and social perspective. Analytically, our research spans across multiple disciplines, such as the political science, peace and conflict research, international studies, cultural geography and demography, information and media, sociology, anthropology, history and linguistics.

IRES is home to the editorial teams of the Journal of Baltic Studies and Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies. The institute also has a well-established visiting scholars program that provides the opportunity to spend a longer or shorter period of time at the Institute. Over the years, over 80 visiting scholars from around the globe have carried out research at the Institute.

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Conducting research and participating in planning and leading research projects, including the submission of applications for research funding. Assisting the director of research in organizing and chairing research seminars. Assisting the director of research in research administration. Some teaching at the master level might also be included.

As the department aspires to strengthen its research in Russian and Eurasian studies, with its focus on empirical investigations of the contemporary Russia and the post-Soviet area, particular weight will be placed on qualifications in one of the following research areas:

Processes of social, political and/or economic transformation

Political regimes and democratization.

PhD degree in Social Science within the field of Russian and Eurasian Studies, or a foreign degree equivalent to a PhD degree in Social Science within the field of Russian and Eurasian Studies. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to 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.

We are seeking candidates with a documented research background in Russian or other post-Soviet society. Candidates should have a good overview of social sciences and master the main methodologies used in these areas of research. Good knowledge of Russian/Eurasian society is required. Proficiency in Russian and/or some other official language in the post-Soviet space is a requirement. Excellent command of written and spoken English is also a requirement for this postdoc position.

Assessment criteria, additional skills
In recruiting for this position, The Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) will primarily consider the applicant who, in the overall assessment of competence and expertise, is judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties within the position, as well as to contribute to a positive development of the research institute.

The application should include:

  • A short project description (maximum two pages).
  • CV, including a description of relevant qualifications and experiences, as well as a complete list of publications.
  • Copy of diploma and official transcripts.
  • Copy of dissertation (or a summary)
  • Contact information for at least two people who can submit reference letters that support your application. Indicate how these people are professionally related to you.

Personal circumstances (such as full or part-time parental leave, trade union appointments, military service, or other) that may benefit the assessment of applicants should be mentioned.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of two years, in accordance with the central collective agreement. Scope of employment: 100%. Starting date: 15 August 2022 or by agreement. Placement: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University, Sweden.

For further information about the position, please contact: Claes Levinsson, Head of Department, tel. +46 18-471 1696, e-mail

Please submit your application by 1 June 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1306.

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Placement: Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1306

Last application date: 2022-06-01

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