Postdoc in European Research (1-2 positions)
University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Social Sciences

Postdoc in European Research (1-2 positions)

Diary id: PAR 2018/14

Employment level: Time limited employment (temporary)

Location: Faculty of Social Sciences

Apply by: 2018-03-25

The Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg (CERGU) is a multidisciplinary centre supported by the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Business, Economics and Law. The position consists of a unique double affiliation with the multidisciplinary centre combined with employment and office located at a relevant department within one of the three faculties: the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Business, Economics and Law.


CERGU was established in 1995, and the centre’s network-based structure allows our scholars to combine disciplinary depth with multidisciplinary insights on European issues (see CERGU’s mission is to promote multidisciplinary research on Europe and serve as a knowledge hub stimulating multidisciplinary and policy-relevant debate on European challenges. CERGU has a strong emphasis on ‘talent development’ of young researchers. We offer a welcoming and stimulating atmosphere and provide an opportunity for early career scholars to pursue their own multidisciplinary research project in European research, in line with CERGU research themes, for two years.


Subject area
European Research


Subject area description

CERGU has four thematic areas of research:
Cultural Borders
Mobility & Migration in Europe
Institutions, Parties & Movements
External Relations, Security & Trade


These themes are described in more detail on the CERGU website. We encourage potential applicants to describe in their application the extent to which their proposed project and merits may benefit from, and contribute to, the CERGU environment and our thematic areas of research.


Job assignments

Postdoctoral researchers will be expected to engage in a multidisciplinary environment whose overall ambition is to pursue high quality research with the potential to have a significant impact on European research. We will expect the postdocs to contribute to the research environment while independently conducting their own proposed research. In addition, the postdocs will be expected to organise a small conference or workshop during their employment, and to present their research at international conferences. The vast majority of the work should take place in Gothenburg in order to also actively participate in CERGU activities, such as weekly breakfasts, regular working seminars, international conferences, guest seminars and public events.


Normally the postdoc positions are combined with up to 20% teaching, however, this must first be agreed upon with the relevant home department. Many of the researchers affiliated with CERGU also carry out parts of their teaching within the educational programs of European Studies (Centre for European Studies, CES, as well as within their home departments.




A doctoral degree is compulsory for a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg. Since the postdoc position is designed to give new PhDs the opportunity to strengthen and develop their scholarly proficiency, priority will be given to those whose doctoral degree was granted within 3 years of the application closing date. Applicants must not have previously been employed as a postdoc at the University of Gothenburg.



In assessing candidates, particular attention will be given to scientific proficiency. Both the project description (research plan) and previous research merits of relevance to the proposed project (CV) will be considered.The proposed research project must have a clear European dimension in relation to CERGU’s research themes, be of high scientific relevance, and be possible to complete within two years. The research plan should also include information on dissemination strategies. The assessment will consider how the proposed project may benefit from, and contribute to, the CERGU environment and our thematic areas of research.



The position is 80%, for two years, placed at a department suitable to the project and academic background, from 1st of September 2018, or as agreed upon. The positions are normally combined with up to 20% teaching, but this must be agreed upon with the relevant home department.


For further information:

Linda Berg, Director, +46 (0)31 786 4062,, Birgitta Jännebring, Research Coordinator, +46 (0)31 7864286,, or Bengt Larsson, Chair of the Steering Group:



Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:


How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you must create an account in the online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application system. Any documents that are not available in electronic format should be mailed to: Birgitta Jännebring, CERGU, Box 711, SE-40530 Gothenburg, Sweden, by March 25, 2018.


CERGU’s Steering Group will make the final decision about appointments in consultation with the relevant departments, based on assessments made by a working committee, the steering group members and potential external reviewers. A list of top candidates will be selected by early May, interviews will be conducted mid-May and successful candidates will be notified by mid-June.


Application online (in English) should include:

- A letter explaining the applicant’s motives for applying to CERGU and the connection to one (or more) of CERGU’s thematic areas of research and potential relevant department
- An abstract of the research plan, max 150 words (including project title)
- The research plan (max 10.000 characters, including list of references)
- CV
- The dissertation and other relevant publications (max 3 additional publications)


Closing date: March 25, 2018

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