Sort on published: 2018-04-09
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.
The activities of the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences at Uppsala University are wide-ranging, with advanced education and research at 39 departments and units in six faculties. About 2,000 teachers and researchers work in this Domain. Humanities and social sciences at Uppsala University are characterised by subject depth and excellence, as well as breadth and diversity.Uppsala University hereby announces a vacancy as:
The appointee will be employed as head of the Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS). This position as Research Director and head of CIRCUS is permanent and full-time, with a five-year funding period that may be extended for up to five further years. The terms and conditions of employment allow some scope for the appointee’s own research. The date of commencement will be by agreement, as soon as possible and in autumn 2018 at the latest.
To develop and support scholarly collaboration and problem-driven research across departmental, faculty and domain boundaries, the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences has established a new centre, the Centre for Integrated Research on Culture and Society (CIRCUS). Operations are initially planned for a five-year period. Work will be conducted in the Centre’s own premises and the intention is to offer advanced support and an environment for interdisciplinary and thematic research, short research stays, conferences and seminars. Through calls for applications addressed at competing researchers in the Domain, the Centre will provide support for networks, research initiation, workshops and other, similar activities that are carried out in the environment. CIRCUS is also intended to be a highly visible platform for, and to give a profile to, thematically integrated cultural and social science research of high relevance outside academia.
The task of the Research Director, who will also head the Centre, is to establish and lead research activities, independently and with a high degree of autonomy, in consultation with the CIRCUS Board. The Director is responsible for inspiring, coordinating and leading researchers at Uppsala University in multidisciplinary research collaborations. The duties include developing scholarly content and programme forms in CIRCUS’s activities. With the support of the Centre’s other staff, the Director is responsible for ongoing work in its activities. The planning and organisation of selected research activities are intended to help establish CIRCUS as a nationally and internationally leading multidisciplinary environment. The Director’s duties also include ongoing collaboration with external research funders and influencing research policy with a view to strengthening funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
The Research Director will consult and report to a governing board appointed by the Disciplinary Domain Board. Once the Director has taken up the appointment, an external reference group of researchers with relevant experience from similar environments and a firm foothold in the international research community will be appointed. As head of the Centre, the Research Director is in charge of CIRCUS’s other administrative and communication staff (initially three or four people).
The Research Director, who also heads the centre, must be a professor and researcher of high standing, both nationally and internationally, in their field. Moreover, the Director will be an experienced research leader who has worked on major research projects and programmes. The person we are looking for must also have a good overall grasp of, interest in and familiarity with humanities and social science research, over and above their own research focus.
The position requires good knowledge of Swedish and English.
For this appointment, being able to show documented experience of the following would enhance the applicant’s eligibility, and is desirable in the person we are looking for:
- an ability to inspire researchers to carry out and implement multidisciplinary collaborations
- good national and international networks
- good management and communication skills and a strong commitment to development of scholarship
- experience of having successfully initiated, led and implemented multidisciplinary research projects and programmes, and also work in multidisciplinary or integrative research environments
- experience of academic commissions of trust, such as carrying out assessments in a research council, serving as a specialist advisor and in other assignments as an academic expert
- experience of management and leadership with human resource and budget responsibilities from scholarly or knowledge-based activities.
In this recruitment, emphasis will be placed on personal qualities as well as the social and communication skills required to perform the tasks well. Furthermore, the University will primarily consider the candidate who, after a comprehensive assessment, is judged to have the best prospects of implementing and developing the tasks concerned and contributing to favourable development of the Centre’s work.
Uppsala University values the qualities that gender balance and diversity confer on activities. We therefore look forward to applicants of all sexes and diverse birth backgrounds, functional abilities and life experience.
The application must include the following:
- a brief covering letter on how the applicant views the appointment in question and the role of research leader
- a brief account of scholarly and other activities relevant to the current appointment (CV)
- an account of qualifications in the field
- a list of selected publications
- an account of other qualifications.
NOTE. The application and attachments must be submitted electronically in the Varbi recruitment system.
Information about the appointment is available from Anna Singer, Deputy Vice-Rector of the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org) phone +46 (0)18-471 2035.
For further information on CIRCUS (in Swedish), see uu.se/circus.
We welcome your application by 15 May 2018 at the latest, ref. UFV-PA 2018/782.
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2018/782
Last application date: 2018-05-15