Post-doctoral Fellows in Peace and Conflict Studies

Umeå University - Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is now hiring 1-2 post-doctoral fellows in peace and conflict studies. The post-doc position(s) are fixed term employment, 24 months, full time in residence at Umeå University, Sweden.

The holder of the position will be based in Umeå and conduct research (at least 80%) and teach at the most 20% of full time employment. The first day of employment is 1 September 2018, or as agreed, but no later than January 2019.

The Department of Political Science at Umeå University has about 60 employees and conducts research in fields such as peace and conflict studies, representative democracy, municipalities and administration, and sustainable development (for more information, see

Successful applicants will be part of the research program Varieties of Peace, financed by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the research program, please visit

Eligibility for employment as a post-doctoral researcher is restricted to applicants with a doctorate in peace- and conflict studies, political science or other relevant subject, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to a doctorate. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed the degree prior to this should be given equal priority if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical employment, appointments of trust in trade union organizations or similar circumstances.

Proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement.

Assessment criteria
We welcome applications concerning research on post-conflict societies, conceptualizations of peace, different methods to study peace and comparisons between different types of peace and post-conflict societies. The most important selection criterion is the contribution to the research program’s overall goals, as expressed in the applicant’s proposed research plan (see below). The ability to conduct research independently and the ability to participate in international research collaboration are important skills.

The application shall include:

  • A personal letter
  • A CV
  • A critical reflection of your own previous research (maximum 1000 words)
  • A maximum of 3 scientific publications
  • A certified copy of diploma(s)
  • Contact information to 3 references from whom letters of recommendation can be solicited.
  • Other relevant qualifications
  • A research plan (maximum 2500 words) demonstrating how the applicant’s research agenda would contribute to the research program Varieties of Peace and specifically how it addresses the two research questions: 1) What characterizes peace after the peace processes initiated in the 1990s and how does it vary? 2) How can this variation be described and explained?

Please apply online via Varbi, no later than 3 April 2018. Documents which cannot be submitted to Varbi can be sent to the following address: Anna Jarstad, Umeå University, Department of Political Science, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden. Clearly state the the reference number for the position AN 2.2.1-159-18 on the shipment.

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Anna Jarstad at

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