A Fixed-term Position for a Postdoctoral Reseacher in the Faculty of Social Sciences (Gender Studies)
Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Tampere invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher for a fixed term of up to 3 years, starting as of 1 August 2018.
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The project “Gender, party politics and democracy in Europe: A study of European Parliament’s party groups” (EUGenDem) at the University of Tampere will run from August 2018 – July 2023 and is directed by Professor Johanna Kantola. It is funded by European Research Council (ERC-Consolidator Grant 2017). The project provides a systematic analysis of the gendered policies and practices of European party politics. The research comprises a comparative study of the European Parliament’s (EP) party groups and generates empirical findings about the significance of gender in the current party political transformations in Europe.
The project EUGenDem is conducted in Gender Studies, at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere. The University of Tampere is an internationally renowned research-led university and one of the few in the world to specialize in social sciences (more information on Finland and Tampere).
The postdoctoral researcher will study the European Parliament’s political groups’ gendered practices in terms of their formal and informal institutions. The job involves six months of ethnographic fieldwork and conducting interviews in Brussels. Part of this field work must be completed in the autumn 2018.
The postdoctoral researcher’s duties include qualitative data gathering and analysis, high level academic publishing, participation in regular team meetings and presenting research at seminars and academic conferences.
The appointee to the position of postdoctoral researcher must hold a PhD degree in a relevant field. Research experience in the European Union; European (party) politics; gender and politics; and ethnography are an asset. The appointee must have the ability to conduct independent scientific research. The candidate should have excellent analytical and methodological skills and be able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary scientific community. The successful candidates are expected to have excellent skills in written and oral English. Skills in Finnish or Swedish are not required.
Salary and probationary period
The salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be paid according to the personal performance, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. At commencement, the monthly salary of a postdoctoral researcher will typically range between 3100 – 3550 €. The post is subject to a four month probationary period.
The application process
Applications should be written in English and submitted electronically via the University of Tampere’s electronic recruitment system (link below) by 15:45 (UCT +3:00) on May 3, 2018. The interviews of the top candidates will be held during the week 22.
The following documents should accompany your application:
(1) A CV (excluding publications, max. 4 pages)
(2) A numbered list of publications compiled according to the Academy of Finland guidelines. Please indicate your five most important publications.
(3) Contact information for two referees
(4) A research statement (max. 4 pages) consisting of a brief description of previous research experience (including academic networks and non-academic co-operation), its relevance to this position, and statement of motivation for the position applied fo
For further information on the position please contact professor Johanna Kantola, johanna.kantola(at)uta.fi.
For queries related to the application process please contact HR Specialist Sari Pasto, sari.pasto(at)uta.fi.