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Post-doc MENA programme

12 February 2020

UI is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the MENA programme.

Location: Stockholm, Swedish Institute of International Affairs
Closing date: 3 April 2020.

The position is part of UI’s Special Research Programme on International Studies and funded by the Swedish Foreign Ministry. UI researchers adhere to high standards of scientific quality, and are required to publish internationally in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books. As a researcher at UI, you are expected to be a part of our research milieu, to participate in our research seminars, and collaborate with other UI researchers on joint projects. In addition to scientific research, which constitutes the bulk of your work, you are expected to participate in UI’s public events and in our continuous dialogue with policy practitioners. This includes writing policy briefs and articles for the general audience, providing expert advice, and commentary to the news media.

The position is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities. UI strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

The MENA program is looking for research projects that take a comparative approach to issues transcending national borders pertaining to the Middle East. We welcome suggestions for multi-disciplinary approaches to such issues.

*Qualified applicants have been awarded a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. Sociology, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Economics, Development Studies, International Relations and International Law. We are primarily looking for younger scholars at the postdoc level. The most important merits are your scientific achievements and promise, as evidenced particularly by your PhD thesis, as well as your internationally peer-reviewed publications. Advanced proficiency in spoken and written English is required and needs to be documented. You must also have good communication skills, demonstrated by your ability to collaborate with other researchers, both nationally and internationally. Knowledge of the Swedish language and of Swedish society is an advantage, but not a requirement. Interest and experience in policy-oriented analysis, publishing for a general readership, and multidisciplinary research environments are advantageous.

*Assessment Criteria
*/Special/ /emphasis /will be paid to academic excellence demonstrated through research merits (peer-reviewed publications, research cooperation, research grants)./ /

/Strong/ /emphasis /will be paid to the quality of the proposed research project. Evaluated on basis of academic quality of the research content, the feasibility of the project, the research design and its contribution to international research;

/Strong emphasis/ will be paid to the ability to collaborate with surrounding society and experience of policy relevance (the ability to complete analytical tasks, take part in events aimed at a general audience). Evaluated on the basis of your letter of intent, project description, and your CV; you are expected to spend the bulk of your working time at the UI in Stockholm.

/Strong emphasis/ will be paid to a documented ability to cooperate well with colleagues and fellow researchers. This may be evaluated on the basis of references;

/Strong emphasis will be paid to /proficiency in any Middle East language.

* **Interviews
*The short-listed candidates will be called to an interview, taking place in June in Stockholm or via Skype.

*Time-limited employment
*The position is 80-100 per cent of full time for up to three consecutive years. Salaries are fixed, taxable, and increase according to collective agreements. The successful applicant will start by 1 September 2020.

*Your application must include:

1. Cover page including your full name, age, gender, postal address, telephone, e-mail, current employment and position, details of two referees including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, and, if applicable, your Swedish social security number (personnummer);
2. Letter of intent (3-5 pages) in which you clarify:
1. Why you apply for this position.
2. Your project proposal (what research questions you are interested in within the given theme, your understanding of past research, your ideas on theoretical approach and research design, time plan).
3. Your experience of policy-oriented analysis and research communication.
3. A degree certificate and certificates that demonstrate your eligibility for the position,
4. A copy of your PhD thesis;
5. One additional scientific publication (peer-reviewed article or book), and one policy-oriented or general readership publication; a statement [statements] from the other author[s] of co-authored research indicating the extent of your personal contribution to the publication in question.
6. Full CV including a list of publications.

E-mail your application including pdf attachments to <>. Mark your e-mail “SFP MENA Application 2020”. The closing date is 3 April 2020.

Decisions will be announced via e-mail late June.

Link to the MENA programme <>

Link to the Special Research Programme on International Studies (in Swedish) <>

Questions can be addressed to Anna-Karin Jonsson, email: <>.


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