Researcher in Sustainable Heritage

Published: 2022-01-13

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The Sustainable Heritage Research Forum (SuHRF) is a platform for interdisciplinary research at Uppsala University Campus Gotland in the field of sustainable heritage. By stimulating interdisciplinary research initiatives and supporting the development of research collaborations, its main aim is to strengthen the research environment at Campus Gotland. SuHRF involves all departments at Campus Gotland and is administered by the Department of Art History/Conservation. For more information about SuHRF, please follow the link SuHRF’s activities are built around three themes: Energy and Climate, Cultural Heritage and Regional Development and Society in Change – conflict, identity and politics, of which the later is the theme of 2022 and also of this year’s SuHRF Symposium, i.e. the annual conference organised by the research forum.

Heritage studies is an interdisciplinary academic field. Researchers from various disciplines work together on questions such as how heritage is defined, selected, described, preserved, used and valued. Relevant to this year’s theme Society in Change – conflict, identity and politics is that heritage is used to create identities and strengthen communities and groups in society. However, it might also be misused, for example as a means of power in conflicts, and thereby reinforce borders and contribute to exclusion and hostility between groups. The SuHRF Symposium 2022 will focus on how sustainable heritage research can contribute to knowledge about dynamics between cultural heritage and societal changes, and how this is played out and expressed in contemporary society.

We are looking for a researcher with expertise in sustainable heritage with specific emphasis on the abovementioned theme to join our SuHRF team. The researcher is expected to be involved in the planning of, and also to participate in, SuHRF Symposium 2022. Furthermore, the duties include supporting and facilitating interdisciplinary research collaborations at Campus Gotland, either by writing research applications together with researchers at Campus Gotland and external partners, or by initiating and developing ideas for research collaborations. Tasks will be defined in detail by SuHRF and the researcher. The workplace is at the Department of Art History/Conservation at Campus Gotland in Visby.

Eligible to apply for the position are researchers holding a PhD. Experience of and scientific expertise in heritage studies or another relevant discipline is a requirement. Particular attention is paid to the applicant’s research background in relation to sustainable heritage, specifically the research area and duties outlined above. The assessment of applications is based on the applicant’s ability to work interdisciplinary, and to formulate and be granted research funding. The applicant must show very good cooperation skills and the ability to not only initiate but also contextualise specific research ideas to the general aims of SuHRF. Furthermore, the ability to work independently and write and speak English well is taken into consideration. Experience from international heritage organisations as well as from working with sustainability issues is commendable for the position. Administrative skills, such as the ability to plan, organise and prioritise work in an efficient and adapted way, will be given weight.

About the employment
Fixed-term employment 3 months, full time. Starting date as soon as possible, but no later than 2022-10-01. Individual salary setting is applied. Workplace: Campus Gotland, Visby.

How to apply
The application must include:

  • CV, including list of 3-5 scientific publications relevant for the position.
  • A cover letter including (i) a description of how the applicant intends to contribute to SuHRF’s main aims, and to the specific aims of initiating interdisciplinary research projects and strengthening the research environment at Campus Gotland, (ii) an account of scientific and other activities that are relevant for the duties, and (iii) a reflection on the importance and relevance of the applicant’s own research in relation to the duties.

Information about the position is provided by: the Deputy Head of Department, Gustaf Leijonhufvud, e-mail or phone +46 498 108337.

Please submit your application by February 4th, 2022, with reference UFV-PA 2022/27.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Deadline: 2022-02-04 at 23:59
Unit: Department of Art History

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Post expires on fredag februar 4th, 2022