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Postdoctoral fellow in Multilingualism or Swedish as a Second Language

Department of Language Studies




  • Type of employment Temporary position
  • Extent 100%
  • Place Umeå

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The Department of Language Studies conducts research in linguistics, Nordic languages, modern languages, literature, Sami languages and Sami studies, as well as language teaching and learning. Robust and interdisciplinary research environments are found within our research groups and research networks. Read more here: https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-language-studies/research/research-groups/ 

The Department of Language Studies announces a postdoctoral fellow in Multilingualism or Swedish as a Second Language, in educational contexts.

Job description
As a postdoctoral fellow, you are expected to conduct your own individually designed project, including publications and engagement with the surrounding community. You will also participate in the development of the subject's research environment, for example through participation in seminars, research networks and gatherings. You are also expected to attend other meetings and gatherings at the department, such as workplace meetings and staff days. The position includes teaching up to a maximum of twenty percent of the total working time. 

The position is placed at the Department of Language Studies but is also intended to support research into educational sciences at Umeå University as a whole. As a postdoctoral researcher you will thus contribute actively to the interdisciplinary career programme for newly graduated doctoral students that is run by Umeå School of Education.

In order to be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow, it is required to have completed a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree within or relevant to one or more of the advertised research areas. This qualification requirement must be fulfilled no later than at the time of the employment decision.

To be appointed under the postdoctoral agreement, priority should be given to candidates who completed their doctoral degree, according to what is stipulated in the paragraph above, no later than three years prior. If there are special reasons, candidates who completed their doctoral degree prior to that may also be eligible. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade union organizations, military service, or similar circumstances, as well as clinical practice or other forms of appointment/assignment relevant to the subject area.

Postdoctoral fellows who are to teach or supervise must have taken relevant courses in teaching and learning in higher education.

A precondition is that the applicant has not previously been employed as a postdoctoral fellow at Umeå University for more than a year within the same or equivalent discipline.

In the selection research expertise will be given primary importance.

Special importance will be given to research publications and the outlined project's originality and feasibility.

Great importance will be given to how well the planned project complements and challenges the research environment at the Department of Language Studies as well as the existing research environment's opportunities to contribute positively to the implementation of the planned project.

Good ability to express oneself orally and in writing in English, as well as good ability to collaborate, are also requirements for the position.

A complete application must include the following documents in Swedish or English: 

  • A cover letter where the applicant motivates their interest in starting a postdoctoral fellow position specifically at the Department of Language Studies and where the applicant's competence in relation to the position's content is specified (2-3 pages)
  • A project outline that demonstrates the project's originality, feasibility, and relevance to the department's research environment (3-5 pages) 
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Excerpts from Ladok, or equivalent, documenting completed university credits and a copy of the degree certificate for the doctoral degree 
  • A complete list of publications
  • Electronic copies of relevant research publications (max 5) 

The application must be submitted via the e-recruitment system Varbi no later than March 6, 2024

Further information
The employment is a full-time, fixed-term position for 2 years, starting November 1, 2024 unless otherwise agreed.

Place of work is Umeå University and a high attendance at the department is a requirement.

For more information about the position, contact Head of Department Daniel Andersson, daniel.andersson@umu.se.


Please note: the Swedish version of this advertisement is the official version.
In case of any differences in information between this and the official version of the advertisement, the official (Swedish advertisement) is the legally correct version.

We look forward to receiving your application! 

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2024-11-01, unless otherwise agreed.



Application deadline


Registration number

AN 2.2.1-128-24


Daniel Andersson, Head of department


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Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.