Postdoctoral Fellow in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible exegesis

Published: 2013-11-21

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication makes Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 41.000 students, 6,500 employees and a turnover of SEK 5,900 billion.

The position is for two years, beginning as soon as possible and at the latest April 1, 2014.

The Faculty of Theology is the oldest of nine faculties at Uppsala University and encompasses all areas of religious studies at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels (M.A. and PhD): History of Religions, Biblical Studies, Church and Mission Studies, Systematic Theology, Ethics, Psychology of Religion, and Sociology of Religion. The Faculty of Theology is the largest institutions for education and research in theology and religious studies in Sweden.

The position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Old Testament exegesis involves primarily the Fellow’s own a research project (e.g. a monograph project which is not a rewriting of the doctoral dissertation).

Duties: The primary responsibility of the Postdoctoral Fellow is to pursue her or his own research project. A certain amount of teaching at the department of Theology is also included – but not more than 20% of the working time. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be present at the Department at least three days per week and actively participate in the ongoing academic conversation within the discipline and at the department. 

Qualifications required: Doctoral degree (PhD) in theology/religious studies or an equivalent doctoral degree. Documented knowledge of sources and resent research in the area, as well as competence in scholarly methods used in Old Testament exegesis/Hebrew Bible. Good communication skills and ability to collaborate with colleagues in various disciplines in theology/religious studies are important. Proficiency in English is a requirement. 

Qualifications desired: Ability to understand written and spoken Swedish.

Requirements: The applicant for theposition as Postdoctoral Fellow must have completed a doctoral degree in religious studies or an equivalent doctoral degree less than three years before the application deadline. If there are acceptable reasons, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier. Such reasons include sick leave and parental leave or a leadership position in a labor union. 

The application may be written in Swedish or English and must include
- CV
- Copy of the official academic transcript of the doctoral degree in religious studies or equivalent PhD.
- Copy of the dissertation and of any additional academic publications (maximum three additional publications).
- A description of the following:

  • why you are interested in this position (ca. 500 words),
  • how you plan to take part actively in the ongoing academic conversation at the department (ca. 500 words)
  • your research project (including the problem addressed, theoretical perspective, methodology and a presentation of materials that you plan to analyze) and the project’s significance for Old Testament/Hebrew Bible  exegesis (4000–5000 words).

- Names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three academic references.
- Indication of your earliest availability to begin the period as Postdoctoral Fellow. April 1, 2014 is the latest starting date.

Criteria for selection: In the selection among qualified candidates, particular importance will be paid to (1) academic qualifications, (2) assessment of the academic potential of the proposed project, (3) the relevance of the project in relation to ongoing research in the discipline in the faculty, and (4) readiness and capacity to take part in the ongoing academic conversation in the discipline.

The University desires to recruit the colleague who, in an overall assessment of ability, competence and documented qualifications, has the greatest ability to develop and complete the proposed research project.

The University strives for gender equality, and women are especially invited to apply for this position. Personal circumstances (e.g. parental leave), which could help the assessment of an applicant’s qualifications, may be given with the list of the applicant’s merits and experiences.

Salary is calculated relative to qualifications.

Further information about this position is provided by Professor Göran Eidevall ph. +46 18 471 26 67, E-mail: Goran.Eidevall@teol.uu.se.  

You are welcome to submit your application until January 15, 2014 UFV-PA 2013/3167. Please use the link below to access the application form.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible exegesis

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Placement: Department of Theology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fast lön

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Anders Grundström, Saco-rådet 018-471 5380
Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST 018-471 1997
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2013/3167

Last application date: 2014-01-15

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