Uppsala University (Sweden) seeks Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Research

Application deadline: February 13, 2022

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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 Department is one of the world’s leading research environments in peace and conflict research with nearly forty faculty and researchers working at the forefront on topics related to political violence and peace. The Department, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, is a dynamic and international academic environment with around 90 employees and teaching at the bachelor, master, and PhD level with students from all over the world.

The field of peace and conflict research is the multidisciplinary study of the causes, dynamics, and resolution of violent conflict and peace. Education and research at the Department are problem-driven, and the focus is on explaining empirical phenomena and their patterns, thereby integrating theory, methods, and empirical research. More information about the Department is available here.

Duties The position involves teaching, assessment, research and administration. Teaching includes responsibility for courses, course administration and supervision of students. The duties of the position also include actively seeking external research funding and keeping abreast of developments within your own subject area and developments in the wider community that are relevant for your teaching role at the University.

Required qualifications To qualify for appointment as a senior lecturer, you must have been awarded a PhD or have equivalent research competence, have demonstrated teaching expertise, be able to work with other people and otherwise meet the suitability requirements needed to perform your duties well.

Your teaching expertise, research expertise and professional skill must be relevant to the subject matter and the duties that the position involves.

For now, all teaching and most seminars and meetings are held in English. To meet the qualification requirements, documented ability to write and teach in English is a requirement. Since Uppsala University is a state agency with Swedish as the main language, administrative meetings and documents are often in Swedish and cannot always be translated. It is therefore desirable that an employee learns Swedish as soon as possible in order to fully contribute to the collegiate activities at Uppsala University.

Assessment criteria When selecting among qualified applicants, equal weight will be given to research and teaching expertise.

Applicants must have demonstrated research expertise by independent, high-quality research contributions. The applicant’s contributions to the international and national scholarly community will be assessed on the basis of the quality and scope of scholarly publications, among other criteria. Publications in highly esteemed academic journals and with major academic presses are meritorious. The nature and specific circumstances of the subject will be taken into account when assessing the required international track record.

When assessing research expertise, research quality will be the principal consideration. The scope of the research, meaning primarily its depth and breadth, will also be taken into account. Furthermore, consideration will be given to the ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop research and third cycle (doctoral) education, the ability to obtain research funding in competition, and the ability to collaborate and engage with the wider community through research.

Teaching expertise will be evaluated as carefully as research expertise. Teaching expertise must be well documented to make it possible to assess quality. When assessing teaching expertise, the quality of teaching will be the principal consideration. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of both breadth and depth, will also be taken into account, as will the ability to plan, initiate, lead and develop education, and the ability to base teaching on research. Teaching expertise should also include the ability to collaborate and engage with the wider community through education.

Assessment criteria: other expertise Administrative and management expertise are important for the position and will be accorded weight.

Administrative expertise may be demonstrated by the ability to plan, organise and prioritise work in an efficient and appropriate way, and the ability to specify and keep to timetables. Expertise in this area includes overall operational planning, the ability to manage resources in a way that reflects operational priorities, and the ability to work in a structured manner based on awareness of goals and quality.

Management expertise is demonstrated by the ability to lead operations and staff, make decisions, take responsibility and motivate others, providing them with the conditions needed for the efficient achievement of shared goals. Expertise may also be demonstrated by the ability to coordinate a group, to help create a sense of involvement, participation and job satisfaction, and to deal with conflicts.

Qualifications must be documented in a manner that makes it possible to assess both their quality and their scope.

When the University appoints new teachers, it will select the applicants who, upon a qualitative overall assessment of their competence and expertise, are judged to have the best potential to perform and develop the duties concerned and to contribute to the positive development of the department/equivalent.

In this recruitment, the recruitment committee may make use of interviews, trial lectures and references. Applicants should therefore provide a list of reference persons who can shed light on the applicant’s professional proficiency and on personal qualities that are relevant to the position, such as team-working abilities, leadership abilities and working methods.

Personal circumstances (parental leave, part-time employment because of childcare, union responsibilities, military service, etc.) that may be considered to the applicant’s advantage when evaluating qualifications should be indicated in connection with the account of qualifications and experiences.

Application process Please submit your complete application via Uppsala University’s recruitment system, including:

  • Application letter with list of attachments
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Presentation of research qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Presentation of teaching qualifications
  • Presentation of other qualifications
  • A clear account of the scope of your teaching experience, expressed in number of hours
  • Scholarly (maximum 10) and (if any) educational publications cited
  • List of reference persons (name, contact details, previous working relationship)

Instructions for drawing up the application

Please note: Your application, including attachments, must be submitted electronically in the recruitment system Varbi. Any publications cited that are not available in electronic format should be sent in triplicate to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 256, 751 05 Uppsala. Mark the package with the reference number UFV-PA 2022-4945

For further information, see the University’s Appointment Regulations

and the faculty’s supplementary guidelines for appointments

About the position
This is a permanent, full-time position. The salary will be set individually. Starting date by agreement. Place of work: Uppsala.

Further information about the position is available from Professor Ashok Swain (Head of Department), tel. 018-471 7653, e-mail: ashok.swain@pcr.uu.se

Questions about the appointment procedure may be addressed to Faculty Officer Terese Kanellopoulos Sundström, tel. 018-471 25 72, email samfak@samfak.uu.se

We look forward to receiving your application by 13 February 2023, UFV-PA 2022-4945

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