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Linnaeus University is located in Växjö and Kalmar in the southern Swedish region of Småland. 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, particularly within the university’s six centres of excellence in research, of which the Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (LNUC Concurrences) is one.

LNUC Concurrences and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities now announces at least three salaried positions for doctoral students with an orientation toward colonial and postcolonial studies in any of the following disciplines: archaeology, comparative literature, English literature, history, and the study of religion. 

Subject area for the position
Archaeology, comparative literature, English literature, history, or the study of religions
Location until further notice
Växjö
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 position 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
The duties include third-cycle (postgraduate) education up to doctoral degree, corresponding to a maximum of four years of full-time studies in one of five possible third-cycle education subjects: archaeology, comparative literature, English literature, history, and the study of religions. The third-cycle programmes include obligatory and elective courses of 60 credits (ECTS) and a doctoral thesis corresponding to 180 credits. For more information about the 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 and English literature:
General study plan for third-cycle studies in Comparative literature

The doctoral students play an important part in the research environment of LNUC Concurrences and at their respective departments and are expected to contribute actively by regularly attending seminars, workshops and other activities organized by the centre, the research clusters or their home departments. Doctoral students are expected to spend most of their working hours at the Växjö campus of Linnaeus University, unless their research or other work requires otherwise (e.g., fieldwork or archival research).

The doctoral students linked to LNUC Concurrences will also be part of the new Doctoral Programme in Global Humanities, which will be launched by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in 2022. They will be required to take part in the activities organised by the programme, such as seminars, retreats and courses, and to interact with the other doctoral students and teachers in the programme. For more information, see the information about the Doctoral Programme in Global Humanities on Linnaeus University’s website.

Context of the position
The proposed doctoral projects must be linked to the research field of colonial and postcolonial studies and to the research carried out within LNUC Concurrences, including the three research clusters of the centre. Currently, these are the Aesthetics of Empire Research Cluster, the Cluster for Colonial Connections and Comparisons, and the Cluster for Migration, Citizenship, and Belonging. The main supervisor must be a senior member of the centre.

LNUC Concurrences is an international research environment and welcomes applicants of any nationality, based anywhere in the world at the time of the application deadline. For more information about the centre, see the LNUC Concurrences website

The doctoral students will also be part of the Doctoral Programme in Global Humanities at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, which is currently under implementation and planned to start in September 2022.

Eligibility requirements

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 he or she:

  1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification [normally an MA]
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements according to the requirements of Linnaeus University:

  • has proficiency in English, corresponding to the general requirements to be eligible for university studies in Sweden (at the bachelor’s level). See further the information provided by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

 AND one of the following: 

  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 120 credits in archaeology or the equivalent, of which at least 30 credits must be at second-cycle level, including one independent project of least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 120 credits in comparative literature, of which at least 30 credits must be at second-cycle level including one independent project of at least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 120 credits in English, of which at least 30 credits must be at second-cycle level including one independent project of at least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 120 credits in history or the equivalent, of which at least 30 credits must be at second-cycle level including one independent project of at least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad,
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 120 credits in the study of religions or the history of religions or the equivalent, of which at least 30 credits must be at second-cycle level including one independent project of at least 15 credits, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

All eligibility requirements must be fulfilled by the time of the application deadline.

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

Application
The application must be written in English and consist of the following documents:

  1. a cover letter explaining the motives for applying to the position (max two pages)
  2. CV of the applicant (max two pages)
  3. attested copies of transcript/s of records demonstrating the applicant’s eligibility for the position (including proficiency in English for non-native speakers)
  4. a research plan (max 10 000 characters excl. references), including purpose, theory, research questions, method and time plan
  5. a copy of the applicant’s MA thesis or the equivalent
  6. names of and contact details for up to three referees.

For more information about the applications procedure and to apply, see the job page of Linnaeus University.

Deadline for applications is 31st of January 2022.

Assessment criteria

Selection of applicants will be made with regard to the applicants’ ability to assimilate the education at postgraduate level. The assessment will be based on the following criteria:

  1. the relevance, originality and feasibility of the research plan
  2. the academic qualifications of the applicant, particularly the quality and relevance of their MA thesis or the equivalent
  3. other relevant qualifications and references.

Further information

Director of LNUC Concurrences: 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 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.