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UI Research Positions on Great Power Relations and Middle East in Sweden, 2015

Swedish Institute of International Affairs is inviting applications for research positions on Great Power Relations, and the Middle East. UI is primarily looking for younger scholars at the postdoc level. The temporary project employment at UI is at 60-80 per cent of full time for up to three consecutive years. All researchers in the Special Research Program have the same salary (in 2015 SEK 36,080 at full time). The closing date for applications is 2nd February, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Positions are available in the following two themes: Great Power Relations and the Middle East.
Course Level: Positions are open for conducting research at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.
Scholarship Provider: Swedish Institute of International Affairs (the positions are part of UI’s Special Research Program on International Studies, funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs)
Award can be taken at: Sweden

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Eligibility:
-Applicant must have a PhD in a discipline relevant for the thematic position you apply for. UI is primarily looking for younger scholars at the postdoc level.
-The most important merits are your scientific achievements, as shown particularly through your PhD thesis, and your internationally peer-reviewed publications. Your expertise and publications should be clearly relevant for the thematic position you apply for. You will be fluent in English with good communication skills, demonstrated by the ability to collaborate with other researchers, both nationally and internationally. Knowledge of the Swedish language is an advantage, but not a requirement. Of advantage is also experience of policy-oriented analysis, popular science communication, and multi¬disciplinary research environments.

Open for International Students: Citizens of Sweden can apply for research positions.

 Description: UI is looking for Researchers, preferably at the postdoc level. The positions are part of UI’s Special Research Program on International Studies, funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Research within this program adheres to high standards of scientific quality, and a requirement to publish internationally in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books. In addition, researchers are expected to participate in UI’s internal research seminars, collaborate with other UI researchers, and participate in UI’s public events and in dialogue with policy practitioners. The latter includes writing policy briefs and popular science articles, providing expert advice to policymakers, and providing commentary to the news media. Temporary positions are open for applications in the following two themes:
-Great Power Relations: Institute will consider applications on all aspects of contemporary great power politics, for example relations between the United States, Russia, the European Union, and China, as well as other “rising”, “declining” or “perpetuating” powers. Specific themes of particular interest are global power shifts, the return of geopolitics and neo-imperialism, and how great powers manage the clash between forces of globalization and fragmentation. Critical studies of great power practices and discourses are also welcome.
-The Middle East: Institute will consider applications on all aspects of contemporary Middle East politics and security, for example the Israel/Palestine conflict, relations among states in the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State and other violent groups. Of interest are also the role of civil society, trade, development, human rights, and transnational relations. Regional dynamics are of particular interest, including relations between international and domestic actors.

 Number of award(s): Not Known

 Duration of award(s): The temporary project employment at UI is at 60-80 per cent of full time for up to three consecutive years.

What does it cover? All researchers in the Special Research Program have the same salary (in 2015 SEK 36,080 at full time), and is decided by the board of the Program, whose members are appointed by the Swedish Government. Office space including a desktop computer is provided.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Decisions will be announced via e-mail at the latest in mid-April 2015.

How to Apply: Applications should be sent by email, including attachments. Application must include:
-Cover page including your full name, postal address, telephone, e-mail, current employer and position, two reference persons including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, your preferred starting date (earliest starting date is 1 July 2015), how many years you apply for (1-3 years), what percentage of full-time you apply for (60-80) and, if applicable, your Swedish “person number”;
-Letter of intent (max 5 pages) in which you clarify: Which research position you apply for; Why you apply for this position; 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, and time plan) and Your experience of policy-oriented analysis and research communication.
-An electronic copy of your PhD thesis;
-An electronic copy of one additional scientific publication (peer-reviewed article or book), and one policy-oriented or popular science publication;
-Full CV including a list of publications.

Application Deadline: The closing date for applications is 2nd February, 2015.

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