Postdoc in Digital Culture with a Specialisation in Digital History

Workplace description

Lund University hereby announces a vacancy for a two-year position as Postdoc in Digital Cultures with a Specialisation in Digital History. The position is based at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences and Division of ALM and Digital Cultures, in close cooperation with the DigitalHistory@Lund platform. The workplace has a multifaceted research environment and Digital Cultures is a subject under construction with a recently appointed professor. The focus is on the societal consequences of digitalisation and its effect on cultural, social, aesthetic and historical transition processes.

Duties and areas of responsibility

The holder of the position’s main duty is their own research. Teaching, supervision and other teaching-related duties may be involved within the framework of the position, but for not more than 20% of working hours.

Required qualifications

Requirements for the position are:

A completed doctoral degree or foreign degree deemed to correspond to a doctoral degree. A person qualified for the position as postdoc has completed a doctoral degree in digital cultures or a closely related subject such as media studies, information studies, digital humanities (or equivalent) with specialisations relevant to the position.

Documented good proficiency in spoken and written English is a requirement.

Assessment criteria

The grounds for assessment are a good ability to develop and conduct high-quality research, and teaching skills. The main criterion for a postdoctoral fellowship is research expertise. In all other respects, the assessment will be based on the requirements specified for the post. As documentation for the assessment of qualifications, applicants are to submit a project plan of the research they intend to carry out during their appointment. Only applicants whose research plan and previous work could strengthen the research team and the project as a whole will be considered for the position of postdoc.

Specific qualifications of additional merit

The position is a career development post and its purpose is to act as an initial step on a career path. Therefore, the candidate most likely to come into question is one who has completed a doctoral degree no more than three years prior to the last date for applications. If special grounds exist, the degree can have been completed earlier. Special grounds include leave of absence because of illness, parental leave, positions as elected representative in trade union organisations, military service or service/assignments relevant to the subject area. In such cases, certification concerning this is to be submitted in connection with the application.

An additional qualification of special merit is a research plan within the digital cultures field of knowledge with an orientation towards digital history. Applications with research questions that require a methodological approach involving computer-assisted analysis are particularly welcome. Assistance from a developer will be offered within the framework of the postdoctoral position.

Instructions for application and research plan

The application must include:

  • A CV.
  • A copy of the Ph.D. degree.
  • A list of publications (including DOI, ISBN or ISSN numbers).
  • A signed plan of no more than 1500 words (not including list of references) of the research project the candidate intends to pursue during the fellowship.

The research plan is to contain a description of:

  • Aim and research question.
  • Theory and method.
  • Relation to the international research front including the most important international work in the field of research.
  • Schedule and expected results.
  • The applicant’s qualifications and competence to conduct the project.

The applicant is responsible for making sure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions above and for submitting it to the University by the application deadline through the recruitment portal.