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 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of English is a well-established research community with scholars working in the fields of English Linguistics, English Literature, American Literature, North American Studies (SINAS), and Irish Language and Literature.

Central areas examined by scholars in the English Literature section of the Department of English include the following: the making and unmaking of Englishness in English literature; the politics of gender and of race in British writing; the global flows and distribution of English Literature (in the times of the British empire and in the post-colonial and trans-national present); and literary ethics and aesthetics. Recent and current research includes work on the colonial and post-colonial dimensions of literary culture and reception, Joseph Conrad, William Shakespeare, the literary history of sub-Saharan African writing, the literary history of terrorism, the cultural history of the modern period in Britain (1700–), and the history of science.

Our doctoral students in the Department of English are integrated into our research environment. Further, doctoral students in the English Literature specialisation have also joined national and international networks by attending conferences and summer schools, as well as spending periods as visiting scholars at universities abroad. Abstracts of recently-completed doctoral theses are available online.

Uppsala University invites applicants for a doctoral position in English, specialising in English Literature. We are looking for a dynamic and committed scholar who works well independently and who is willing to cooperate in and to contribute to the community of researchers working in the department. We particularly encourage proposals on a topic in the period 1700–1850 from candidates with research interests in colonial and post-colonial dimensions of literary culture and reception.

Qualifications: To be eligible to apply for the doctoral position, the applicant must have completed a Master’s Degree in English before the application date. We encourage applicants from all countries to apply. The doctoral dissertation is to be written in English.

Please note that admission to a PhD programme at Uppsala University is highly competitive and that a Master’s Degree in English at the time of application is a prerequisite.

Position: The successful candidate will pursue doctoral studies full-time in Uppsala and will be expected to participate actively in departmental activities including, e.g., work-in-progress seminars, workshops, personnel meetings, etc.

The position is a 4-year full-time employment, which qualifies for all Swedish social benefits such as paid parental leave. The position might also entail teaching and other assignments up to 20% of the full-time position (extending the position proportionally). All doctoral students have dedicated office space and are expected to be present full-time in the Department. The Department of English homepage (https://www.engelska.uu.se) provides further information about the doctoral programme in English. To locate this information on our homepage, select the link to “Research” and then follow the link to “PhD Programme in English.”


Your application should be written in English. The list of the required application materials for a complete application is found at https://www.engelska.uu.se/education/phd_level/

Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, §§ 1–7; Chapter 6, Sections 25–36; Chapter 7, Sections 34–41, and in Uppsala University’s Rules and Regulations at https://regler.uu.se/ (the English-language version is available at https://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1).

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.

Starting date: 2021-02-01 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Angela Hoffman, Director of PhD Studies, angela.hoffman@engelska.uu.se. For further information on eligibility requirements, contact Lars Hagborg, lars.hagborg@uadm.uu.se, or Dimitrios Iordanoglou, dimitrios.iordanoglou@uadm.uu.se, who are the Senior Faculty Administrators at the Office for Humanities and Social Sciences, Uppsala University.

Please submit your application by 31 August 2020, UFV-PA 2020/936.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services.

Submit your application through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of English

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

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
ST/TCO tco@fackorg.uu.se
Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/936

Last application date: 2020-08-31

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