Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Agrarian History (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala)

RHN 49/2019 | Opportunity

Division of Agrarian History, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences/Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU), Uppsala

Closing date for applications: 1 May 2019


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Agrarian History (100%)

Ref SLU ua 2019.2.5.1-996

The Division of Agrarian History is part of the Department of Urban and Rural Development. Agrarian history is a historical discipline that studies the development from the oldest to the present time. The subject deals with agricultural production and technological change, social and economic conditions, people in the agrarian society and their relation to nature, the landscape and to society at large. The main focus is on research and education on northern European conditions, including Sweden, although a wider international agrarian history is also important for the subject.

At the Department of Urban and Rural Development there are four divisions: Agrarian History, Environmental Communication, Landscape Architecture and Rural Development. The department is the largest within SLU for social sciences, humanities and design research. Questions about sustainable use and management of natural resources and landscapes are central to research and education at the department. The Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation and Sidas Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change are also part of the department.

Job assignments
The holder will conduct independent research in Agrarian History. He/she must be willing to interact with the students and to participate actively in the common activities of the Division of Agrarian History. The position involves a limited amount of teaching and/or supervision of Bachelor and Master's Theses. It is also expected that the holder during the two years write applications for coming external funding.

Scholarly proficiency is the main requirement for employment.

The holder of the position should be competent and experienced enough to be able to carry out independent research in Agrarian History.

To be qualified for employment as post doc, an individual must hold a PhD in Agrarian History or related discipline (e.g. Economic History, Economic Geography, History), awarded no more than three years ago (unless the applicant has been on parental leave or leave due to illness). Applications will also be accepted from persons who have not yet completed their PhD, but this condition must be satisfied at the time of employment.

For appointment, the candidate must have demonstrated a high degree of research expertise as manifested in the quality of the PhD dissertation and publications.

The application must include a research plan where the applicant presents her/his own ideas for research to be conducted.

In addition to the above, the following set of criteria will be applied in the assessment of candidates:

  • international experience
  • other results and distinctions which attest to the applicant's ability to do research
  • ability to engage and inform society at large about research

The evaluation will take the experience, knowledge and other personal qualities into consideration. The applicants’ ability to use their skills and experience to strengthen and supplement existing research activities within the Division of Agrarian History will also be considered.

Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, two years


First day of employment
September 1, 2019 or by appointment

Applications should be written in Swedish or English and must include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Research plan, maximum three pages
  4. Publication list and one selected paper (publication or working paper, as web link or PDF)
  5. Certificates, etc.

The applicant is encouraged to name a maximum of two persons who can give recommendations, but we do not consider recommendation letters with the application.

SLU promotes an equal opportunities code. We encourage both men and women to apply for this position.

Last day for application: 2019-05-01

Academic union representatives:

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.
SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person
Patrick Svensson
+ 46 18 67 3549