Postdoctoral positions with a research focus on migration law
Sort on published: 2017-02-16
Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 42,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6.7 billion.
To strengthen our research environment for migration law, the Department of Law at Uppsala University is now announcing two positions, each for two years, as postdoctoral fellow with a focus on migration law.
Subject description: Migration law is a dynamic and, for Sweden, relatively new area of law in which the need for research is great. Migration law concerns the international, regional and national legal frameworks that regulate various forms of migration, such as those related to protection, economics and the family. Central issues for this area are nation-states’ and individuals’ rights and obligations, different migrant groups’ legal status and government policies on migration and migrants. Since crossing borders is a core aspect of migration, the international law perspective is highly significant for this field of research. Another aspect of the boundary-crossing nature of the subject is that migration law cuts across traditional subject divisions. It thus touches on various branches of law, such as international, public, EU, administrative, procedural, family and labour law.
In recent years, the Faculty of Law at Uppsala University has established itself as one of Sweden’s leading research environments in the field of migration law. The Faculty has, in particular, worked to promote migration law in a Swedish perspective, an area that has previously been explored only on a very limited scale. One central feature of this work has been the formation of the Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (L/UMIN), a joint research environment for migration law at the two university faculties of law in Uppsala and Lund. The network comprises both doctoral students and senior researchers working on national and international aspects of migration law. Information about this research environment is available on its website, www.migrationlawnetwork.org. The research network will be open to the postdoctoral researchers.
Postdoctoral project orientation: All project proposals in which migration law is a central and integral part of the research project are relevant within the framework of this call. Since migration law is by definition, as mentioned above, a field with international as well as national elements, projects reflecting this are welcomed; but this is not an absolute requirement.
Duties: The fellowships are configured so that 80% of the holders’ time will be spent on research and 20% on teaching or administrative tasks.
The holders of the two positions now available are expected to contribute, both independently and in cooperation with other researchers, to the research and teaching environment at the Department of Law. Moreover, they are expected to publish high-quality research and otherwise promote the development of the Department’s academic milieu.
Some funds for travel will be available, but applicants should endeavour also to apply for external funding for such purposes.
Eligibility: The purpose of the postdoctoral research fellowship is to give recent PhD graduates a chance to further consolidate and develop their skills, and primarily their academic proficiency.
To be eligible for a postdoctoral fellowship, the applicant must have a PhD or a degree from outside Sweden deemed to correspond to a doctorate. The degree must have been attained within the three years preceding the end of the application period. If special reasons apply, the doctorate may have been awarded earlier. ‘Special reasons’ means sick leave, parental leave, service in the Armed Forces and elected positions in trade-union organisations, student organisations or the like.
Application: The applicant must submit a project description along with a time schedule, list of writings in jurisprudence, an account of the applicant’s own academic research, a doctoral degree certificate and any other documentation that may be of value for the assessment of academic ability. The application must be submitted through Uppsala University’s recruitment system, and comprise:
Project description with time schedule in Swedish or English. Applicants are free, within the framework described above, to design their own projects. The project description must cover issues relevant to the project, its subject context, the research situation, theoretical connections, questions of materials and methods, and reflections concerning the news value and legal value of the project. The project description should not exceed 5 A4 pages or 17,000 characters including spaces.
Applicants must also submit a non-specialist summary of the project in Swedish or English not exceeding 2,000 characters including spaces.
CV in Swedish or English.
List of the academic writings referred to. Among these works, the applicant must specify a maximum of 10 academic writings that are primarily referred to.
Degree certificate(s) and other relevant documents.
A letter of recommendation or details of at least one referee.
The academic works (max. 10) primarily referred to, numbered according to the publication list.
Three copies of any publications referred to that are not available in electronic format and cannot be scanned in should be sent to the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Box 256, SE–751 05 Uppsala. Mark the envelope with the following reference number: UFV-PA 2017/389.
As part of the application procedure, a limited number of personal face-to-face or, alternatively, telephone interviews may be conducted on the basis of the applicant’s project description and appendices.
Application period etc.: The application must reach the Department of Law by 31 March 2017 at the latest. To be considered, the application must be complete. Supplementary material after the end of the application period are not permitted.
The Faculty of Law: The Faculty of Law in Uppsala, the oldest faculty of law in the Nordic region, was already in existence when the University was founded in 1477. Its activities comprise a broad range of research fields and specialities. Well-established core and postgraduate education of high repute is also provided here.
The Faculty includes the Department of Law, which employs more than 200 people, of whom just over 100 are researchers or teachers. Today, research is under way in a total of 15 research subjects and 9 areas of civil law. This research is in a highly expansive and creative phase. New recruitment of researchers has taken place over the past few years and several research areas have been developed and strengthened. There are currently some 50 doctoral students working on various subjects at the Faculty.
Information about the position is provided by Rebecca Thorburn Stern, docent (associate professor) in international law and coordinator for L/UMIN (phone +46-(0)18-471 7432, email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Head of Department Margareta Brattström (phone +46-18-471 16 23, email email@example.com).
We welcome your application not later than 31 March 2017, ref. UFV-PA 2017/389.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Law
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 2
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Marie Ols, TCO/ST 018-471 2459
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/389
Last application date: 2017-03-31