Postdoctoral Researcher in Intellectual History

Tallinn University

Tallinn University invites applications for three Postdoctoral Researcher positions in intellectual history to commence on 1 September 2018 (the expected start date is negotiable and the maximum duration of the contract is 36 months):

Job description of the Postdoctoral Researcher in intellectual history

General description
Post-doctoral researcher is a researcher who has been awarded a doctoral degree or equal qualification within the last five years, excluding the time spent on parental leave and time served in the Defence Forces.
The postdoctoral researcher positions are available within the 5-year European Research Council funded project “BETWEEN THE TIMES – Embattled Temporalities and Political Imagination in Inter-war Europe”, led by Dr. Liisi Keedus. The project explores:

  • 1) conceptions of time and historicity in inter-war Europe, comparatively and interdisciplinarily, including how these translated into methodological innovation and social discourses; and
  • 2) the possibilities of thinking politically and historically beyond the narratives of progress. Further details on the project.

The post-doctoral researchers will join a team of two doctoral students, three postdoctoral researchers and several senior researchers at the interdisciplinary and international School of Humanities. The project funding allows for international research trips and conference attendance and the researchers are given support for publishing in international peer-reviewed journals. They are expected to conduct their own research on a topic closely related to or on a case study of the project, write and publish academic papers, as well as assist in organising academic and public outreach activities.

Job requirements
The candidate must fulfill all the general requirements of the position of researcher stipulated in the Employment Relations Rules of Tallinn University, annex 9, as well as the following requirements for joining the project team:

  • Doctoral Degree in Intellectual History, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Literature, Political Science, Linguistics, History or a related field.
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct research of a high quality in 20th century intellectual history, 20th century history of humanities and the social sciences, on interwar Europe or on the case studies of the project, or on political theory.
  • A record of research publications relevant to the project.

Job responsibilities
According to annex 1 and annex 9 of TLU Employment Relations Rules. Guidelines for the research design and its practical execution will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor of the research project.

Load: 1,0 FTE
Gross salary: 2200 euros
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Language skills: Excellent level of spoken and written English (at least on the level C1)

Additional information: Practical questions on the competition should be directed to, questions about the research project and the nature of the work should be sent to Dr Liisi Keedus,

Required application documents
The candidates are expected to submit by 2nd of May 2018 (including) to Personnel Office of Tallinn University (Narva mnt 25, room T-218, 10120, Tallinn, or digitally signed to, with the title “Academic competition” all the required documents. Detailed list of required documents

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