Associate Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Research

Uppsala University Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Associate Senior Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Research

Published: 2020-12-17

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 Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. The Department is today a young, dynamic and international academic environment with around 80 employees and 300-400 students from all over the world. More information about the Department can be found here:

Period of employment: The post of Associate Senior Lecturer may be held for up to four years with the possibility of promotion to Senior Lecturer.

Duties: Research and teaching within peace and conflict research.

The field of peace and conflict research is the study of the causes, dynamics, and resolution of violent conflict. Education and research at the Department are problem-driven, and the focus is on explaining empirical phenomena and their patterns, thereby integrating theory, methods, and empirical research.

Teaching includes course coordination, supervision and course administration. The employment may also include administrative tasks. Research is, however, guaranteed at a minimum of 51 percent of full-time employment.

Duties also include actively applying for external research funding, as well as following developments within the discipline and developments in society at large of relevance for teaching at the university.

Qualifications required: To be eligible for employment as an associate senior lecturer, applicants must hold a PhD in peace and conflict research or related field, or have achieved equivalent scientific expertise and must meet the requirements for teaching skills. Applicants who have completed a PhD, or achieved equivalent expertise, no more than five years before the application deadline, will be given primary consideration. Applicants who have obtained a doctorate earlier may also be considered if there are special reasons. Special reasons include leave of absence due to illness, service in the armed forces or other part of the national defense organization, commissions of trust within professional, union and student organizations, parental leave or other similar circumstances. The applicant must have published research in the field in one or more international peer-review outlets. The applicant should have completed five weeks of department-relevant teacher training at the higher education level, or be deemed to have equivalent knowledge. In the latter case, the training in university teaching should be carried out in the first two years of employment.

It is a requirement that the educational expertise, the academic competence and the professional skills are relevant to the field and the duties that are to be included in the appointment.

Under Uppsala University's appointment regulations, it is also a general eligibility requirement that teachers possess the personal qualities necessary to capably perform the duties of the position.

Excellence in English (orally and written) is a requirement. Swedish language proficiency is not required for this position. Presently, all teaching in the Department is in English, as well as most seminars and meetings. According to the Language Act, Swedish is the language of public administration. Since Uppsala University is a government agency many administrative meetings and documents are in Swedish, and translations cannot always be made as a routine.

Assessment criteria: When selecting among eligible applicants, special emphasis will be placed on research expertise. The applicant’s research and teaching qualifications will be assessed primarily in qualitative terms. An applicant’s quantitative advantage, i.e. an applicant who has been working for a longer period of time, will thus not be decisive.

Research expertise: Research expertise refers to research qualifications. In the assessment of research expertise, primary consideration will be given to research quality. Publications in prestigious academic journals and with major academic presses are meritorious. Importance will also be given to the scope of research, in terms of both breadth and depth.

Teaching expertise: Although special emphasis will be placed on research expertise, teaching expertise will be assessed as carefully as research expertise. Teaching skills refer to educational and teaching qualifications. The scope of teaching experience, in terms of breadth, depth, and quality, will also be considered.

Administrative skills and other proficiencies are also significant to the post and will be given due weight. Administrative skills are demonstrated, among other things, through the ability to plan, organise and prioritise work effectively and in a purpose-adapted manner. Attention will also be given to the applicant’s ability to interact with both the scientific community and the community at large.

Additionally, special emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s potential to contribute to the future development of both research and education.

Qualifications should be documented so that both quality and scope can be assessed.

When Uppsala University appoints new teachers, the applicants selected are those who, following a qualitative total assessment of expertise and merits, are judged to have the best potential to carry out and develop the relevant duties and contribute to a positive development of the department.

The Recruitment Group may in this recruitment come to use interviews, trial-lectures and referrals. The applicant should therefore submit a list of referees with insight into the applicant’s professional skill as well as personal qualities that may be of relevance for the position, e.g. ability to cooperate, ability to lead and working methods.

Personal circumstances (such as full or part-time parental leave, trade union appointments, military service, or other) that may benefit the applicants in the assessment of qualifications should be included in the list of qualifications and experience (Curriculum Vitae). Such personal circumstances should be documented and possible to verify.

Additional Information (Requirements for Tenure and Promotion after 4 Years):

The term for this position in Swedish is “biträdande lektor”. The university’s official translation (in British English) is Associate Senior Lecturer. The successful candidate to this position is entitled to be evaluated for promotion to Senior Lecturer with tenure (in Swedish: “universitetslektor”), before the end of the fixed-term employment. For promotion after the four years on tenure track, the requirements for promotion in the Higher Education Ordinance, in Uppsala University regulations, and in complementary regulations by the Faculty of Social Sciences must then be fulfilled.

How to apply: A complete application should be submitted to Uppsala University’s on-line recruitment portal. It should comprise:

  • Letter of application
  • List of appendices
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Account of academic qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Account of teaching qualifications
  • Account of other qualifications
  • Academic works and any educational works being brought to bear
  • List of referees

Instructions to applicants for appointment as Associate Senior Lecturer

Note! Applications and appendices must be submitted digitally on the recruitment portal Varbi.  Any cited publications that are not in digital format must be sent in three copies to the Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala University, Box 256, 751 05 Uppsala. Please clearly mark the envelope/package with the reference number UFV-PA 2020/4850.

For more information, please see:

Appointment regulations for Uppsala University

and the Faculty’s complementary guidelines

In the event of any disagreement between the English and the Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Salary: Individually negotiated salary.

Starting date: 01-09-2021 or as otherwise agreed

Type of employment:Temporary part-time position, fours years.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Erik Melander, och Ashok Swain,

For information regarding the process, please contact Maria Andersson, 018-471 1905,

Please submit your application by 17 February 2021, UFV-PA 2020/4850.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University's recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Type of employment: Full time , Permanent position

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4850

Last application date: 2021-02-17

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