Postdoctoral researcher

Fixed-term position
The application deadline is

Ref no: ORU 2.1.1-02472/2021

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to our humanities division at the School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, for a fixed-term position.

Subject area

The subject area for this position is Studies in the Humanities, which at Örebro University has five subject specialisations: Comparative literature, English, History, Rhetoric and Swedish language.


Örebro University is a rapidly growing higher education institution with a strong research standing both internationally and nationally. Studies in the Humanities and the Humanities Division is a dynamic research environment. Research is conducted within all specialisations and include subject-didactic perspectives.

As a subject, Studies in the Humanities thematises cultural awareness and language practices in a humanistic, cultural and historical perspective. With an openness to different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, the subject specialisations are united in their common focus on questions dealing with our understanding and interpretation of the world, both as individuals and as belonging to different groups, and the values being inherent in these interpretations.  Another common ground is the focus on interaction and communication within and across cultural boundaries.

We now have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher. The successful candidate has obtained a doctoral degree within one of the specialisations (or equivalent) that make up Studies in the Humanities and is conducting research that is linked to at least two of these specialisations (or equivalent). In addition, we expect the candidate’s research to also link to at least one of the research themes communicative leadership, multimodality, or power and identity.

Duties and responsibilities

The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop primarily their research skills. The successful candidate is expected to formulate their own research problems, pursue their research autonomously, and disseminate their findings through publications. Moreover, they are expected to participate in the research environment’s seminars and contribute to the environment. Furthermore, they are encouraged to apply for research funding from external funding bodies.

If agreed, duties will also include teaching.


Those qualified for appointment as a postdoctoral researcher are applicants who have been awarded a doctoral degree in a subject matter relevant for the position or have a degree from abroad deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. The degree is to have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. If special grounds exist, a person who has been awarded their doctoral degree prior to that should also be considered. Such grounds comprise leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, positions of trust in a trade union or other similar circumstances.

Assessment criteria

A basis for the assessment is the applicant’s ability to disseminate information and communicate; collaborate and engage with the wider community; and facilitate utilisation of the university’s research; as well as the ability and suitability to cooperate with other members of staff and contribute to the development of university operations.

Particular attention is to be paid to the applicant’s prospects of contributing to the future development of both research and education. Importance is also attached to a demonstrated ability and ambition to embark on a career within academia.  

We are looking for a candidate who has obtained their doctoral degree in one of the specialisations (or equivalent) that make up Studies in the Humanities at Örebro University. The applicant’s research output is to relate to at least two of the division’s specialisations. Documented and planned research within at least one of the research themes communicative leadership, multimodality, or power and identity is considered a particular advantage.

Experience of international collaboration is considered an advantage.


This is a two-year, part-time position corresponding to 75% of full-time working hours. The scope may increase if teaching hours can be offered. At Örebro University, salary depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

For more information about the position, contact Head of Subject Patrik Winton +46 19 30 30 96, email: This is an email address, or Head of School Greger Andersson, +46 19 30 14 94, email: This is an email address.

Örebro University actively pursues equal opportunities and gender equality as well as a work environment characterised by openness, trust and respect. We value the qualities that diversity adds to our operations.


The application is made online. Click the button “Apply” to begin the application procedure.

For the application to be complete, the following electronic documents must be included:

  • Covering letter, outlining how you believe you can contribute to the continued development of Örebro University
  • CV with a relevant description of your overall qualifications and experience
  • Account of research qualifications and experience
  • Research plan for the upcoming two years (maximum of 5 A4 pages)
  • Copies of relevant course/degree certificates and references verifying eligibility and criteria met
  • Relevant scientific publications (maximum of 10 and in full-text format)

Only documents written in Swedish, English, Norwegian and Danish can be reviewed.

The application deadline is 24-05-2021. We look forward to receiving your application!

We decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

As directed by the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet), we are required to deposit one file copy of the application documents, excluding publications, for a period of two years after the appointment decision has gained legal force.