Researcher in Ethnology

The division of Ethnology at the Department of Ethnology, History of Religion and Gender Studies is one of the departments at the Faculty of Humanities with about 70 employees and 14 doctoral students. The research at the department is focused on various topics situated in different contexts in time and space. The three disciplines share a commitment to make the cultural and social world intelligible by means of fieldwork and studies of all kinds of textual sources. The division of Ethnology at Stockholm University has about 20 employees and “Museums and cultural heritage”, and “Diversity and globalization” are two prominent themes in education as well as research.
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Project description
The Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies invites applications for a 2-year part time (0.5FTE) research position within the division of Ethnology to work on the Swedish Research Council funded project: ‘The afterlives of migration: Integration, ordinary ethics and intimate citizenship’. The study aims to examine the concept of integration through the narratives of those who are considered to be “integrated” in Sweden and United Kingdom. Earlier studies have shown that an integrated migrant is often seen as someone who has gained a certain level of upward social mobility and social recognition. But what does this mean for each individual? What does it mean to belong, on what terms, for how long? With what costs? The study approaches these questions by examining integration both as a process and as an outcome. By focusing on everyday dilemmas, in work life, family life, and social networks, the understanding of integration is deepened as an ongoing process that actualizes both vulnerability and a sense of belonging. The study has two main areas: (i) examination of key themes in national policy documents on initiatives related to integration in Sweden and England over the past 10 years (2013-2023); (ii) how individuals narrate their everyday lives and dilemmas in the context of integration discourses. The material therefore consists of both text-oriented discourse analysis of policy documents and government investigations, as well as biographical narratives.

This qualitative study is led by Professor Fataneh Farahani (Stockholm University, Sweden) and Professor Yasmin Gunaratnam (Kings’ College, University of London, UK).

Main responsibilities
The successful candidate will be an experienced social science or humanities researcher who will undertake discourse analysis of key immigration policy documents and directives in Sweden and the UK related to the integration policies. The responsibilities will include reviewing and identifying government documents (between 2013-23) and relevant academic and policy literature. The research fellow will contribute to the research design, undertake discourse analysis of policy documents, assist in developing a coding framework for qualitative interview data analysis (in NVivo), dissemination and academic publications. The research fellow will provide support in recruiting participants to individual and focus group interviews, contribute to the project’s public presence and will participate in relevant project meetings and events.

Qualification requirements
Researchers are appointed primarily for the purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
Applicants are expected to:

  • Hold a relevant PhD or an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study
  • Be fluent in both oral and written Swedish and English
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience of discourse analysis and the coding of qualitative research materials
  • Demonstrate interest in and/or knowledge of immigration policies in Sweden and the UK.

The doctoral degree must have been completed before the employment decision is made. Comprehensive knowledge in migration and border studies are considered as merits. The area of responsibility includes the review and identification of government documents (between 2013 and 2023) in Sweden and UK and relevant academic and policy literature. Contribution to the research design, conducting discourse analyzes of policy documents, assisting the development of a coding system for documentary and qualitative interview data analysis (in NVivo). The researcher should also help in recruiting participants for individual and focus group interviews, contribute to the project’s public presence and should participate in relevant project meetings and events.

Because the position involves considerable collaboration with project members and some project management responsibilities, personal skills such as good communication and analytical skills, ability to work independently and take the initiative, and a well-developed sense of team responsibility are considered as additional merits.

Terms of employment
The employment is permanent with a scope of 50-75 %, start date according to agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Fataneh Farahani,, and professor Yasmin Gunaratnamn,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University’s 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Cover letter that explins:
    why you are interested in the position in the advertisement
    what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

Stockholm University contributes to the development of sustainable democratic society through knowledge, enlightenment and the pursuit of truth.

Deadline: 2023-04-10 at 23:59
Unit: Dep. of Ethnology, Hist. of Religions & Gender Stu

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Monday April 10th, 2023