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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Science, with a focus on the development of Local Governance indicators

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Science, with a focus on the development of Local Governance indicators

Ref PAR 2022/1549

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Political Science is an open and socially engaged institution, in the middle of the city and in the middle of the debate. In 2022, the ShanghaiRanking’s Academy of World Universities ranked the department number 1 in Sweden, 5 in Europe and 19 in the world in political science. We are very research-active and offer a lively research environment with several thematic seminar series and internal workshops. Our research revolves around elections, democracy, corruption, forms of government, globalization, the environment and politics, as well as European issues. The department hosts research programs such as the Center for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), the QoG Institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD) and the Swedish Electoral Research Program. We have education at all levels, undergraduate advanced level and postgraduate level, as well as independent courses. Teaching is given in both Swedish and English. In total, about 1,400 people study with us. The Department of Political Science has around 160 employees.

The Governance and Local Development Institute (GLD) is directed by Professor Ellen Lust. GLD aims to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. Read more about the research program on our website at http://www.gld.gu.se/ 

GLD’s flagship project – Local Governance Process Indicators (LGPI) – provides a new approach to measuring, analyzing, and improving local governance. The LGPI employs household surveys to gather micro-level data from communities, including data on experience, perception, and satisfaction regarding cross-cutting governance issues: specifically, batteries for health, education, security, voice and participation, and governance metrics. Thus, the LGPI collects, assesses, and benchmarks detailed information on local governance and service delivery issues. Read more about the LGPI here – https://gld.gu.se/en/projects/flagship-project-lgpi/local-governance-process-indicators-lgpi/.

The Department of Political Science and the Governance and Local Development Institute invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow to conduct research within the framework of the project “Local Governance Process Indicators (LGPI).” This is a 2-year position, full-time, in-residence postdoctoral researcher, with a flexible starting date in 2023.

Subject Area

Social Science, including political science, economics, development, sociology, and related fields.

Subject area description

Social science is the study of social phenomena, including political science, governance, economics, development, sociology, and related fields. 

Job assignments

Employment as a postdoctoral fellow aims to give the employee an early opportunity to develop their independence as a researcher after completing their doctoral degree and to create the conditions for further qualifications. The person employed as a postdoctoral fellow must mainly conduct research. Teaching can be included in the work duties, but to a maximum of one-fifth of the working time.

As a postdoctoral researcher with GLD, you will be expected to spend your time on GLD- or project-oriented tasks including: the development of validation strategies for the Local Governance Process Indicators, identification of experts in various fields that will help validate the indicators, and participation in survey questionnaire development. You will also collaborate with Professor Ellen Lust and other researchers in the program, as relevant, to disseminate findings through articles and presentations.

There will be excellent opportunities for intellectual development and mentoring as well as for developing an independent research agenda within the overall context of the project. There are ample opportunities for developing a strong academic network.

Eligibility

Eligible to be employed as a postdoctoral fellow is someone who has a doctorate in a relevant social science or computational field at the latest at the time the employment decision is made. In the first instance, those who have completed their degree no more than three years before the end of the application period should be considered. Even those who have completed their degree previously can be considered if there are special reasons.

For more information regarding eligibility please visit The appointment procedure GU 2022/38

Assessment

We are looking for you who have the necessary skillset to successfully carry out the job assignments as described.

The following qualities are required:

  • You must have a PhD in developmental economics, political science, sociology, or a related field, with a strong interest in and experience of local governance
  • Knowledge of and experience with research in Africa, preferably Kenya, Malawi and/or Zambia
  • Deep understanding of local governance including that by a range of actors (state, customary, religious, etc.)
  • Experience with a wide range of related theories such as those on identity politics, corruption, and clientelism, security and dispute resolution, and service provision.
  • Proven ability in research, scientific writing, and publication in academic journals
  • Proven strengths in quantitative research methods
  • Proven excellence in English (written and spoken)

The following qualities, while not required, are meritorious:

  • Proven ability to engage with the policy sphere
  • Knowledge of Chitumbuka, Chichewa, Nyanja, Bemba, or Swahili
  • Previous experience with index creation and/or validation

To be successful in this position, you must have an eye for detail, good organizational skills and be able to solve problems. You need to have very high communication and collaboration skills, while also having a knack for independent work.

Great emphasis is placed on personal suitability for the position. We will make an overall assessment and the applicant who is considered to be best qualified to carry out and develop the tasks described above will be appointed to the position.

Employment 

The employment is limited (temporary) for 2 years, full-time and is currently placed at the Department of Political Science. Starting date – as early as possible or as agreed.

For more information please visit The appointment Procedure, GU 2022/38

Contact information for the post 

If you have questions regarding the employment, or details about the projects in which this position is organized, please contact Rose Shaber-Twedt, rose.shaber-twedt@gu.se  

If you have any questions regarding the employment procedure, please contact Helena Jensen, Helena.Jensen@gu.se

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande 

Application 

To apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to create an account in our recruitment system. Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline. 

We kindly ask you to write your application in English as the application may be reviewed by English-speaking staff. In the selection process, English will likely be spoken in the interview and to any references.

The application should include the following:

  • Statement of how the applicant’s research agenda would contribute to the GLD Institute, included in a broader cover letter
  • A C.V. (including a list of publications)
  • One English-language writing sample (may be a previously published work or one in progress)
  • A list of at least three references (with contact information) from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited

Applications must be received by: 2023-01-10

Information for International Applicants

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit:

https://www.gu.se/en/about-the-university/welcome-services

https://www.movetogothenburg.com/

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply

Post expires on Tuesday January 10th, 2023

Doctoral student in molecular biology with focus on RNA biology

Ref PAR 2022/1611

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology conducts high-quality research and education in chemical sciences and molecular life sciences. Our research and education focuses on a deep understanding of chemical and biological processes in cells and in the environment. We address important societal issues such as antibiotic resistance, cancer, brain diseases, environmental problems and climate change. In this way, we contribute to achieving the UN’s global goals for sustainable development in the areas of good health and well-being, sustainable energy for all, sustainable cities and communities, and combating climate change.

The department is an international environment with interdisciplinary collaborations in both research and education, and contributes strongly to the University of Gothenburg’s top ranking in life science.

The department is responsible for postgraduate education in the subject area Natural Sciences with a focus on chemistry, biophysics, biology and educational science. In addition, the department hosts educational programs in molecular biology, genomics and systems biology, chemistry, organic chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as prescription education. The department collaborates with various societal actors such as schools, business and authorities. The Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology has around 200 employees. We are located in central premises both on Campus Johanneberg and on Campus Medicinareberget in Gothenburg.

In the research group of Per Sunnerhagen, we study how gene regulation is affected by cellular stress. In particular, we work in RNA biology, i.e. the post-transcriptional level. The new PhD student will examine how the eukaryotic cell adapts translation and RNA turnover to stress conditions. Specifically, we are interested in pathways regulating RNA decay and localization of RNA to stress granules.The research focus is on fundamental science, but with a view for its applications in society. Several types of perturbations of post-transcriptional regulation under stress have been implicated as drivers in human diseases including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Post-transcriptional regulation is also important for survival of microorganisms and plants under stress. We use eukaryotic genetic model organisms because they allow rapid and precise investigations, the results of which can then be transferred to e.g. human cells. 

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university’s doctoral student pages. 

https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/?languageId=100001&skipSSOCheck=true

Duties   

The PhD project will comprise elements of both experimental and computational work. The extent and types of experimental work will be determined by the interest and qualifications of the applicant. The PhD student is expected to contribute to experiment planning, execution and analysis, as well as to writing manuscript writing and literature searches. Active participation in research presentation at seminars and conferences is encouraged.

We expect the PhD project to develop continuously through discussions between the PhD candidate, the supervisor, and other group members. 

Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree.    

As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.    

Eligibility   

Education at third-cycle level requires general eligibility and, where appropriate, specific eligibility as set out in the general syllabus for the subject.  

The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are:    

  1. having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or
    2. the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or  
  2. the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad. 
    To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding program of relevance to the planned third-cycle program, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications. *Relevant for the planned third-cycle education Relevant third-cycle programs include molecular biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, synthetic biology, genomics and systems biology. The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).

Assessment criteria   

The applicant should hold a master’s degree or be close to finishing. Relevant masters programs include molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and systems biology. The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English.

The assessment will attach particular weight to documented qualifications for one or more of the following areas: Gene expression analyses, yeast molecular genetics, protein and RNA biochemistry, genomics and bioinformatics, statistics and data processing, synthetic biology. It is not a requirement to have qualifications in all these areas; one or a few may be sufficient. There is flexibility to adapt the PhD project according to the particular areas of strength and interests of the applicant.

In selecting between applicants who meet the general and specific entry requirements, their ability to benefit from third-cycle studies will be taken into account. We are looking for a candidate with a strong motivation and interest in a PhD education. We attach much weight to the ability for independent thinking and initiative.  

Employment    

Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg.   

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years full time

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Gothenburg

First day of employment: As soon as possible based on agreement


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

University applies local agreement on salaries of graduate students.

Contact information 

Professor Per Sunnerhagen

Institutionen för Kemi och Molekylärbiologi

Göteborgs Universitet

per.sunnerhagen@cmb.gu.se 

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:   
https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande    

Application   

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

You must include the following, in PDF format

  • Personal letter
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts showing that you meet with the general entry requirement
  • Proof of completion of  English 6 course or the acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies
  • Two references (name, e-mail, telephone number, relation)

If your degree is from a university outside of Sweden, check what you need to submit at https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-you-need-to-know1/Applying-for-studies/Documenting-your-eligibility-for-studies/Instructions-for-Masters-applicants/Specific-requirements-for-my-country1/ where you can also see what you need to submit in order to fulfill the English language requirement.

If your degree has not been verified by a Swedish authority you need to provide contact details to the issuing university, registrar or similar, that can verify the degree at our request. 

Applications must be received by: 2023-01-20 

Information for International Applicants 

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit: 

https://www.gu.se/en/about-the-university/welcome-services 
https://www.movetogothenburg.com/ 

  

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply

Post expires on Friday January 20th, 2023

Doctoral position in practical philosophy, with a focus on biodiversity and the economy

Ref PAR 2022/1553

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science (FLoV) at the Faculty of Arts has about 100 staff members and a student body corresponding to about 350 full-time equivalents. It is home to a large number of national and international research projects and offers courses and degree programs for philosophers, logicians, linguists, language technologists, theorists of science, historians of philosophy, philologists and philosophy teachers. The Department also arranges doctoral education and development work in its various academic domains.

Practical philosophy is a prominent research environment at the university and has a special focus on applied ethics (including financial ethics and bioethics) and moral responsibility.

We are currently looking to hire a doctoral candidate in the intersection of environmental and economic ethics. The candidate will join the Financial Ethics Research Group which consists of philosophers and economists dedicated to ethical and political issues raised by the financial system (in the broadest sense). More specifically, the candidate will be connected to the research program Mistra Finance to Revive Biodiversity, which is a program funded by Mistra- the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research. Additional funding is due to Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency.

General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university’s doctoral student pages. 

https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/?languageId=100001&skipSSOCheck=true

Subject area

Practical philosophy

Subject area description

The term “biodiversity” denotes the variety and variability of life on Earth, including the variety of species and ecosystems. Unfortunately, mankind’s failure to recognize the importance of and to successfully manage biodiversity has led to what is now considered a sixth mass extinction of species. The continued loss of biodiversity is eroding the foundation of all societies and economies, including our Western system of financial capitalism. Yet it has been difficult to express this loss in economic or financial terms, which may be one of the reasons why previous efforts to halt biodiversity loss have failed.

Voices are now being raised for making economic agents, such as multinational companies and financial investors, become more engaged in these efforts. After all, in financial capitalism, companies and investors command substantial stewardship over the allocation of resources which could be put to use to revive biodiversity. But in order to do so, these economic agents must be provided with both suitable knowledge and powerful incentives to consider the effects of their activities on species and ecosystems. So precisely how can this be achieved? And, more generally, is it really possible to connect environmental and economic values in a sufficiently robust manner?

This doctoral position allows the candidate to explore the topic of environmental versus economic aspects of biodiversity in greater detail. We welcome proposals that are grounded in environmental ethics or economic ethics (or both). Furthermore, the candidate is expected to propose and explore his or her own ‘twist’ or perspective on the topic, on the basis of stringent philosophical analysis and argumentation. Some examples of interesting research questions in this regard are:

  • What is the value of biodiversity? Does it have intrinsic or only instrumental value? Can this value be captured by some more specific ethical or economic theory?
  • Can and should we put a price on biodiversity? That is, can and should we use markets and economic thinking in order to protect species and ecosystems? Or would this count as “commodifying” nature in an unethical way?
  • What duties, if any, do economic agents like companies and investors have to protect biodiversity? How do such duties square with their traditional economic role?
  • What policies can the state legitimately pursue to safeguard biodiversity? Do these include substantial regulations of markets and financial flows? Should we understand biodiversity loss as a market externality?
  • To what degree should we permit investors to prioritize biodiversity over other important environmental goals, such as climate change adaption and mitigation? How much should policymakers guide investors in weighing biodiversity preservation versus other similarly important objectives?
  • To what extent can existing economic theories capture or explain the value of biodiversity? Is the mass extinction of species a failing of the economic sciences?

We also welcome further perspectives and questions related to the overall topic as developed by the candidate.

Job assignments  

The doctoral candidate’s main responsibilities will be to write a doctoral dissertation in the area mentioned above, and to complete obligatory course work. He or she may also undertake a limited amount of teaching, administration or research not directly connected to her or his dissertation topic. Such duties extend the position accordingly.

The candidate is expected to carry out the vast majority of his or her work in Gothenburg and to participate on a regular basis in the department’s activities, especially the seminars in practical philosophy. He or she is also expected to take an active part in the activities of the relevant research group, including meetings, seminars and conferences. The working language within the group is English. There will be funds available for travel and shorter visits to other universities.

Eligibility   

To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements

A person meets the general entry requirements under Chapter 7, Section 39 of the Higher Education Ordinance if he or she:

  1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 higher education 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

Admission to the third-cycle program in Practical Philosophy requires:

  1. 30 higher education credits in Practical Philosophy as a second-cycle subject, at least 15 of which must be from a degree project or equivalent knowledge,
    2. the type(s) of English skills needed to be able to benefit from compulsory parts of the course and to be able to actively participate in seminars and similar activities. For further information about the general and specific requirements please refer to study syllabus at the following link: https://www.gu.se/en/flov/doctoral-studies

Assessment   

Applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study program. We will base this assessment primarily on (1) the candidate’s research proficiency as it is demonstrated in submitted theses and other documents, and (2) how well the project draft fits with the research conducted in the relevant research group.

Admission may also include an interview in addition to a review of qualifications submitted. Admission decisions are made by the Head of Department following preparation at the Department.

Employment   

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, HF 5 kap 7§ Doctoral position

Extent: 100 %

Location: Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science, Gothenburg

First day of employment: By agreement

The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.   

Contact information 

Queries about possible topics for study should be directed to Professor Joakim Sandberg, Project leader +46 (0) 31 – 786 4571 joakim.sandberg@gu.se
http://flov.gu.se/english/about/staff_/?userId=xsajoa

Queries about the recruitment process should be directed to Jennifer Stråle, HR officer, jennifer.strale@gu.se

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:   
https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande   

Application   

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Complementary documents, such as non-digital publications/books should be sent in two copies to the following address and marked with reference number. University of Gothenburg, Att: HR Administrator, FLoV, Box 200, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.

For the application to be considered complete it must include:

  1. An introductory letter of 1.000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages), preferably shorter.
  2. A CV, including a list of publications (if applicable).
  3. Theses, degree projects and any publications. These are assessed based on the following five quality criteria, of which the final two have the heaviest weighting: Suitable subject definition, relevant questioning, suitable command of the subject and structuring of the thesis, suitable use of language, formalities, academic quality, independence.
  4. A project draft no more than 2,500 words in which the applicant stipulates the more specific research question that will be studied, describes the theories and perspectives that will be explored, and motives his or her direction in relation to existing research. The project draft is assessed on the basis of the following criteria: whether the draft displays familiarity with previous and current research, whether the research questions are viable and grounded in current research, whether the draft is judged to be realistic as regards its implementation at third-cycle level, and whether the draft shows that it is likely the applicant will make a valuable contribution to research in the field.
  5. Other documents such as letters of recommendation.

Applications must be received by: January 9, 2023

Information for International Applicants 

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit: 

https://www.gu.se/en/about-the-university/welcome-services 
https://www.movetogothenburg.com/ 

  

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply

Post expires on Monday January 9th, 2023

PhD position in Conservation with a specialisation in textile conservation

Ref PAR 2022/995

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

 “Kulturvård” is the art to preserve, develop and in a sustainable way use material and immaterial “objects” from the past. As a discipline “kulturvård” on the one hand studies conditions for the survival of these object from cultural, societal, scientific and crafts perspectives, on the other hand, studies the social and cultural processes which lead to a situation where specific “objects” are considered as heritage. The term “object” is here used generically and comprises all kinds of material and immaterial phenomena.

The Department of Conservation offer master’s and bachelor’s degrees in the integrated conservation of built environments and the conservation of cultural heritage objects, in addition to bachelor’s programs in building crafts, and garden and landscape crafts. Our research is focused on the built environments, cultural heritage objects, and the craftsmanship for sustainable conservation. We use critical perspectives and participatory approaches to develop skills and models of maintenance, restoration, reuse, adaptation, and reconstruction of tangible and intangible cultural heritage resources. We collaborate with universities and other organisations at the local, national, and international levels, and this has been supported by the strategic location of the Department in Gothenburg and Mariestad.

University-wide information about what it means to be a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the University’s doctoral student pages: https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/

Job assignments

As a doctoral student at the Department of Conservation your main task is to develop and carry out a research project in textile conservation. You will work with a group of researchers and teachers specialised in the conservation of cultural heritage objects also responsible for a bachelor’s and a master’s program in the conservation of cultural heritage objects. As a doctoral student you will collaborate with scholars of other subjects and topics that range from craft sciences to the management of heritage.

The doctoral study program at the Department of Conservation consists of four years of full-time study. The announced position, however, is planned for five years, divided into 80 per cent doctoral education and 20 per cent other teaching tasks. During the five years, you are expected to develop and follow an individual study plan (ISP) with a supervisor, complete formal coursework, actively conduct your PhD thesis works, and present your research findings at formal seminars at the Department of Conservation. You are also expected to participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars as well as publish research findings in scientific journals and / or books.

Eligibility 

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second cycle (advanced-level) degree in the subject area conservation, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in the subject area conservation, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications. While the Swedish language is not a pre-requisite, applicants should prove an acceptable command of spoken and written English.

Assessment

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80. The main criteria for assessment is the applicant’s ability to benefit from third level education. The job assignment requires a background and experience in textile conservation and its development. This should be clearly explained and demonstrated in the application’s documents. Documented professional experiences in textile conservation and other related fields as well as ability to work in a research group will be considered as merits in the assessment process.

Employment 

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 5 years
Extent: 100 % including teaching 20%
Location: Department of Conservation, Gothenburg (UGOT)
First day of employment: 2023-03-01 or according to agreement

After you have been admitted to doctoral studies, you will be offered a doctoral position at the University of Gothenburg.

The rules for employment as a doctoral student can be found in the decree SFS 1993:100.

The first appointment as a doctoral student may be for a maximum of one year and may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not exceed equivalent to four years of full-time doctoral studies.

The University applies local agreements on the remuneration of doctoral students.

Contact information 

For further information please contact:

Anneli Palmsköld, Head of Department 
+46 31-786 47 14, anneli.palmskold@conservation.gu.se

Johanna Nilsson, Senior Lecturer 
+46 31 786 37 06, johanna.nilsson@conservation.gu.se

Unions 

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/jobba-hos-oss/hjalp-for-sokande 

Information for International Applicants

Choosing a career in a foreign country is a big step. Thus, to give you a general idea of what we and Gothenburg have to offer in terms of benefits and life in general for you and your family/spouse/partner please visit: 

https://www.gu.se/en/about-the-university/welcome-services 
https://www.movetogothenburg.com/ 

Appointment Procedure

Submit your application via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking the “Apply” button. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.  

The application should include:

  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • a cover letter (max 2500 words) specifying a preliminary research theme selected and outlining why they are suitable for the position
  • certificates from relevant education and employments
  • samples of thesis work and/or other written work
  • additional relevant documentation to support the application and
  • the names of two referees.

The applicant may later be asked to supplement the application documents with interviews and/or complementary documentation and/or asked to further develop a research plan.

Applications must be received by: 2023-01-06

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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Post expires on Friday January 6th, 2023

Doctoral positions in Musical performance and interpretation

Ref PAR 2022/1494

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Academy of Music and Drama conducts education and research in musical performance and interpretation, performing practices, and music education, as well as teacher training. Together with HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design, we form the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg, which is the broadest arts faculty in Scandinavia.

Subject description

The doctoral (Third cycle) subject musical performance and interpretation works with issues that are relevant to the field of music, artistic research and society in general. The subject encompasses the entire field of music, regardless of genre or form of expression, and includes the specializations of interpretation, composition, improvisation, and music theory.

The doctoral student carries out an independent artistic research project in which his or her own artistic practice forms a central part of the knowledge development. Other research methods are drawn from both the scientific and artistic fields. Musical performance and interpretation strives for interaction and cross-fertilisation between artistic and scientific forms of work and the development of new research methods.

The aim of the doctoral education is to train artistic music researchers, musicians and sound artists with the ability to independently conduct research projects that contribute to the development of knowledge and methods in the subject. The studies result in a documented artistic research project or thesis and lead to a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Arts degree.

You will find more information about the doctoral education at https://www.gu.se/scen-musik/var-forskarutbildning

Duties  

The studies comprise 240 credits, which is equivalent to four years of full-time study. The education consists of a course component of 60 credits and a dissertation component of 180 credits. The course part is organized through compulsory faculty-wide basic courses, a compulsory subject-specific introductory course and individually chosen courses. In addition, there are compulsory doctoral seminars at the department. 

As a doctoral student, you will be part of the collegiate of Music at the Academy of Music and Drama and you are expected to interact with the education at bachelor and master levels. Similarly, your active participation in the research environment of both the department and the faculty means that you are physically present and involved in the daily work.

By agreement with the doctoral student, departmental duty (teaching) may be offered in the position with up to 20% of full time spread over the entire study period. In the case of departmental duty, the position is extended by the corresponding period.

Doctoral students who teach must complete a basic course in teaching and learning in higher education of 5 credits if they do not already have the corresponding knowledge. It is possible to take additional courses in teaching and learning in higher education at the University to complete one’s teaching portfolio, but outside the doctoral position.  

A good command of English is a prerequisite as the research and doctoral studies are conducted in an international environment.

Research environment

The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg has over the past decades built up an environment where research and education can interact, an environment that allows both cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty research projects as well as projects strongly focused on artistic immersion. Doctoral students meet regularly in interdisciplinary artistic forums both within the department and at faculty level, including the artistic research school that the department runs together with its sister department within the faculty, HDK-Valand – the Academy of Art and Design. The Faculty has two research platforms in artistic research: the conference and publishing platform PARSE (Platform for Artistic Research) which organizes an international research conference every two years https://parsejournal.com/ , and PLACE (Public Life, Arts & Critical Engagement) https://www.gu.se/en/research/place-public-life-arts-and-critical-engagement . These platforms serve as meeting places and resources for doctoral students and researchers with regular events, conferences and seminars.

The Academy of Music and Drama and the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts are part of several international networks with collaboration partners all over the world, including in music, performing arts, music education, and artistic research. More information about our research is available at https://www.gu.se/en/music-drama/our-research

Eligibility

According to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Admission to doctoral (third cycle) studies, requires basic and special qualifications.

Basic eligibility for doctoral studies is granted to those who:

– has completed a degree at the advanced level, or

– completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits at advanced level, or

– has otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in or outside the country.

The Dean of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts may grant an exemption from the requirement for basic eligibility. However, eligibility always requires that the applicant is deemed to have the other abilities needed to complete the education.

For special qualifications required: 

  • at least 120 higher education credits (or equivalent) in subjects that are considered to have relevance to doctoral (third-cycle) studies in the subject, (or equivalent knowledge),
  • a documented specialisation of study includeing subjects oriented towards relevant issues in musical performance and interpretation,
  • an approved independent project (thesis) of at least 30 higher education credits (or, alternatively, several projects, which, together are considered to be equivalent of 30 higher education credits) in a subject that is considered relevant to doctoral studies in the subject,
  • a solid artistic experience at a high international level within the musical field.

Special eligibility is also granted to those who have acquired equivalent knowledge in other ways, within or outside Sweden.

Basis of assessment

Selection among qualified applicants is made in consideration of their ability to fulfil the doctoral (third-cycle) education. The following assessment criteria are applied to test this ability:

– artistic quality and originality in the subject musical performance and interpretation

– ability to think independently and critically in the subject area

– familiarity with research-related issues and processes

– ability to formulate a research-related project in the subject that is feasible, and anchored in both artistic practice and theory

– demonstrated interest in being part of and contribute to the educational and research environment of the institution

Interviews are part of the selection process. These are scheduled to take place in April 2023 and are a prerequisite for possible admission.

For more information, see the general syllabuses:

The two different degrees are both in artistic research. The doctoral student’s choice of degrees is discussed at the latest after the admission has taken place. 

Employment

Form of employment: fixed-term contract, 4 years

Scope: 100%

Location: Academy of Music and Drama. University of Gothenburg

Start date: 2023-09-01

After admission to doctoral level studies, you will be employed as a doctoral student. Regulations for employment as a doctoral student can be found in Regulation SFS 1998:80.

This is described more clearly in the document Rules for Doctoral Education at Gothenburg University – Doctoral Student Regulations Dnr V2018/603

https://www.medarbetarportalen.gu.se/digitalAssets/1809/1809246_doktorandregler-gu-2022-265.pdf  (to be translated)

The first appointment as a doctoral student may be for a maximum of one year. The appointment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time. A person may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years in total. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time doctoral education.

Applicants for admission to doctoral studies only, without a doctoral position funded by the institution, must submit a documented financial plan for the entire period of study (four years for full-time and a maximum of eight years for part-time). Conditions for funding other than a doctoral position are described under Rules for Doctoral Education at the University of Gothenburg – Doctoral Student Rules, section 5, pages 6-8.

The University applies local agreements on the remuneration of doctoral students.

Recruitment procedure

The work of the recruitment team is led by the subject representative in musical performance and interpretation. Other members of the recruitment group are researchers at the department, a doctoral student representative, a doctoral education officer and an external expert. Each application is read by several people. The applicants whose applications are ranked highest are invited to interviews. 

Contact details for the position

For general enquiries about admission, please contact:

Anna Frisk, Doctoral Studies Officer, anna.frisk@konst.gu.se

For specific questions about musical performance and interpretation, contact:

Maria Bania, subject representative for musical performance and interpretation, maria.bania@hsm.gu.se

Trade union organisations

Trade union representatives at the University of Gothenburg can be found here:

https://www.gu.se/en/work-at-the-university-of-gothenburg/how-to-apply

Application

You apply for admission to doctoral studies via the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and that it reaches the University by the application deadline.

The application must contain the following:

  1. a personal letter in which you justify your application and summarize your skills.
  2. a CV including professional experience, together with a list of publications and musical activities and documentation thereof or links to online documentation. In some cases, the assessment team may request access to additional artistic works.
  3. copies of diplomas/degree certificates and any other certificates that may be relevant to the application. Diplomas in languages other than Swedish and English need to be translated into English. Please note that if the applicant is applying with “equivalent knowledge”, this needs to be clearly presented and documented.
  4. a research project plan (maximum 6 pages) for your future dissertation project, including a description of the project’s aim, problem area, methods and implementation, as well as a timetable. The description should include a reflection on the relevance of the project and its importance for the artistic field. 

The recommended language for the application is English, but the application can also be written in Swedish/Scandinavian language.

Further information on doctoral education at the University of Gothenburg is available at https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/?languageId=100001&skipSSOCheck=true

Application deadline: 2023-02-01

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

Salaries are set individually at the University.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

Read the job description at the university homepage


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Post expires on Monday January 2nd, 2023