Postdoctoral Researcher Studying Judicial Independence

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Where
Umeå University
City
Umeå
Country
Sweden
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Job Description

Umeå University is dedicated to providing creative environments for learning and work. We offer a wide variety of courses and programmes, world leading research, and excellent innovation and collaboration opportunities. More than 4 000 employees and 30 000 students have already chosen Umeå University. We welcome your application!

The Department of Law is expansive and currently has close to sixty employees. The department is responsible for the law program and individual legal courses, and also participates in several other academic programs. For more detailed information, see our website: here.

The Department of Law is looking for a postdoc to join a multidisciplinary research team. This is a two-year full-time position starting August 1, 2019 or upon agreement. The position consists of 20% teaching and 80% conducting research.

Project description and working tasks

The postdoctoral project is part of the six-year project “Judicial independence under pressure? Building an infrastructure for multidisciplinary research of the Court of Justice of the European Union”. The project is carried out by a research group consisting of researchers in law and political science at five research institutions (across four countries). The main purpose of the project is to create a multidisciplinary platform for a long-needed improvement of the research on law and politics in Europe. At the core of the project will be a comprehensive database with detailed information on all cases and judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which will contribute to the goal of better understanding the conditions for judicial independence under political constraints. Together with the rest of the project team, the successful candidate will participate in designing and developing the database, organizing and participating in activities, and conducting research using the database. The postdoc will be co-supervised by Mattias Derlén (Umeå University), Johan Lindholm (Umeå University), and Daniel Naurin (Gothenburg University and University of Oslo).

Requirements and Qualifications

Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree, or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent to a doctoral degree, in law, political science, international relations, or another discipline relevant to the project. Absent exceptional circumstances (sick leave, parental leave etc.), preference is given to applicants that have received the doctoral degree in the last three years. Postdoctoral researchers who will teach or supervise should have relevant education.

The main assessment criteria for the appointment are documented research skills and academic track record and we are looking for a highly motivated and responsible candidate who wants to develop as an individual scientist as well as a research team member. When selecting among applicants, the selection committee will particularly favor applicants having education in or experience with any of the following: law and politics, including judicial politics; studies of the CJEU or other courts; studies of European law and/or politics; empirical legal studies; law and economics; statistics; programming; network analysis; and text mining. An ability to perform research independently as well as in a team and excellent skills in the English language, both oral and written, are essential.

Application
The application should include

  • a cover letter summarizing your qualifications, your scientific interests, and your motives for applying (max 2 pages),
  • curriculum vitae (CV),
  • a list of publications,
  • copies of relevant degree certificates,
  • copies of relevant publications,
  • contact information for one or more references,
  • transcripts of university studies,
  • any other document you wish to invoke.

Further details regarding the positions are provided by Professor Johan Lindholm, telephone +46 90-786 56 03 or e-mail johan.lindholm@umu.se

Applications must be submitted via our e-recruitment system. Log on and apply via the bottom of the page. Applications must be submitted no later than March 1, 2019.

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.