Call for applications: Research Position specializing in Japan’s international role
The Special Research Programme for International Studies at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska institutet, 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 16 May 2022.
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska institutet, UI) is looking for a post-doc level researcher to join our Asia Programme.
We are looking for research projects that focus on Japan’s international role in North-East Asia as well as globally. We welcome projects relating to security policy (relations with the US, EU and Asia, strategy regarding the Indo-Pacific), international trade and investment relations (in view of the EU-Japan EPA, EU-Japan SPA, CPTPP and RCEP) and well as official development assistance; projects that aim to understand Japan’s changing international role and the development of its international relations.
The position is part of UI’s Special Research Programme for International Studies funded by the Swedish Foreign Ministry. UI researchers adhere to high standards of scientific quality, and are required to publish internationally in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books.
As a researcher at UI, you are expected to be a part of our research milieu, to participate in our research seminars, and collaborate with other UI researchers on joint projects. In addition to scientific research, which constitutes the bulk of your work, you are expected to participate in UI’s public events and in our continuous dialogue with policy practitioners and other societal actors. This includes writing policy briefs and 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. International Relations, Political Science, Economic History, Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies, History and International 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 and needs to be documented as well as proficiency in reading and speaking Japanese. 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.
Special emphasis will be placed on academic excellence demonstrated through research merits (peer reviewed publications, doctoral thesis, research cooperation, research grants).
Strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of the proposed research project. This is evaluated on the basis of 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 surrounding society and experience of policy relevance (the ability to complete analytical tasks, take part in events aimed at a general audience). You will be evaluated on the basis of your letter of intent, project description, and your CV; and you are expected to spend the bulk of your working time at the UI in Stockholm.
Strong emphasis will be placed on a documented ability to cooperate well with colleagues and fellow researchers. This may be evaluated on the basis of references.
The short-listed candidates will be called to an interview, taking place in Stockholm, or may be interviewed via weblink.
The position is 80% for three years or 100% for two 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:
- A 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).
- A Letter of intent (3-5 pages) in which you clarify:
- Why you apply for this position.
- 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).
- Your experience of policy-oriented analysis and research communication.
- A degree certificate and certificates that demonstrate your eligibility for the position.
- A copy of your PhD thesis.
- One additional scientific publication (peer-reviewed article or book), and one policy-oriented or general readership publication; a statement [statements] from the other author[s] of co-authored research indicating the extent of your personal contribution to the publication in question.
- A statement [statements] from the other author[s] of co-authored research indicating the extent of your personal contribution to the publication in question.
- Full CV including a list of publications.
E-mail your application including pdf attachments to email@example.com. Mark your email “SFP AP Application 2022”. The closing date is 16 May 2022.