Job opportunity: Research Position at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS)

Job opportunity: Research Position at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS)

The Special Research Programme for International Studies at UI offers an 80% position for 3 years or 100% for 2 years. Located in Stockholm at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Closing date is 8 November 2021.

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska institutet, UI) is looking for a post-doc level researcher to join the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS). The applicant is expected to have an established interest in areas such as international relations, security, human rights, governance, rule of law, democratization, development policy etcetera, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe (i.e., Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine).

The position is part of UI’s Special Research Programme for International Studies, funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and located at the newly established policy-oriented Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS). Participants of the Special Research Programme need to adhere to high standards of scientific quality and are required to publish internationally in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books. Successful candidates are expected to be a part of our research milieu, to participate in our seminars, and collaborate with other UI researchers on joint projects.

In addition to scientific research, you are expected to participate in the broader activities of UI and SCEEUS. This may include tasks such as writing or contributing to policy briefs and recommendations, articles for the general audience, providing expert advice, and commentary to the news media.

The position is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities who have successfully completed a doctoral degree no more than 5 years ago. UI strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Qualified applicants have been awarded a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., Sociology, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Economics, Development Studies, International Relations or Law. We are primarily looking for younger scholars at the postdoc level.

The most important merits are your scientific achievements and promise, as evidenced particularly by your PhD thesis, as well as your internationally peer-reviewed publications. Advanced proficiency in spoken and written English is required. You must also have good communication skills, demonstrated by your ability to collaborate with other researchers, both nationally and internationally. Knowledge of the Swedish language and of Swedish society is an advantage, but not a requirement. Interest and experience in policy-oriented analysis, publishing for a general readership, and multidisciplinary research environments are advantageous. Relevant language skills from the region are assumed.

Assessment Criteria

Special emphasis will be placed on academic excellence demonstrated through research merits and quality of the applicant’s doctoral thesis. Strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of the proposed research project, evaluated on basis of the academic quality of the research content, the feasibility of the project, the research design, and its contribution to international research. Strong emphasis will be placed on the ability to collaborate with relevant actors outside of academia, experience of policy related tasks (the ability to complete analytical tasks, take part in events aimed at a general audience), and ability to cooperate well with colleagues and fellow researchers.

Evaluation is on the merit of your letter of intent, project description, and your CV; we expect you to be based in the Stockholm area during your employment here, and that you will spend the bulk of your employment working at UI/SCEEUS.


The short-listed candidates will be called to an interview, taking place in Stockholm, or you may be interviewed via weblink.

Time-limited employment

The position is 80% for 3 years or 100% for 2 years. Salaries are fixed, taxable, and increase according to collective agreements. The starting date will be decided between the successful applicant and UI.


Your application must include:

  1. Cover page including your full name, age, gender, postal address, telephone, e-mail, current employment and position, details of two referees including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, and, if applicable, your Swedish social security number (personnummer).
  2. Letter of intent (3–5 pages) in which you clarify:
    1. Why you apply for this position.
    2. Your project proposal and a research plan of maximum 2 pages (what research questions you are interested in within the given theme, your understanding of past research, your ideas on theoretical approach and research design, time plan).
    3. Your experience of policy-oriented analysis and research communication.
  3. A degree certificate and certificates that demonstrate your eligibility for the position.
  4. A copy of your PhD thesis.
  5. One additional scientific publication (peer-reviewed article or book), and one policy-oriented or general readership publication.
  6. A statement [statements] from the other author[s] of co-authored research indicating the extent of your personal contribution to the publication in question.
  7. Full CV including a list of publications.

E-mail your application including pdf attachments to Mark your email “SFP SCEEUS Application 2021”. The closing date is 8 November 2021.

For more information on UI, see our website. Questions can be addressed to Sofie Berglund (research coordinator) via email:


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