Postdoc in modern history with a specialization in culture and preparedness

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We look for a postdoc in modern history with a specialization in culture and preparedness.

Work assignments 

You will be part of an environment with several recently initiated research projects on themes related to cultural perspectives on preparedness, war, and security, as well as media and everyday perceptions of threats and security. The environment includes modern history research that is part of a large multidisciplinary research program on apocalyptic imaginaries, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. In addition, there is a project on warning sounds and citizen information which uses historical, media studies, and ethnographic approaches, funded by Vetenskapsrådet. We would like to see that the research you conduct is in an exciting way related to or expands on one of these themes and that you strengthen and enrich the environment and existing research with your own line of research. You will work in a team with Professor Marie Cronqvist and her research group. Describe your intended research in a research plan that you attach to the application. The research plan shall include purpose and research questions, a literature review, and a description of theory, method, and sources. It should not exceed five pages including references.

As postdoc, you will principally carry out research. A certain amount of teaching may be part of your duties, up to a maximum of 20% of working hours. The position requires regular physical presence at the workplace and active participation in joint seminars and other research-related activities. Some research administration, such as the organization of conferences, symposia, or workshops may also be included.


To be qualified to take employment as postdoc, you must have been awarded a doctoral degree or have a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree.  This degree must have been awarded at the latest by the point at which LiU makes its decision to employ you.

It is considered advantageous if your doctoral degree is no older than three years at application deadline for this job. If there are special reasons for having an older doctoral degree – such as taking statutory leave – then these may be taken into consideration. 

We are looking for candidates with a doctoral degree in history or other areas within the humanities or social sciences. Documented experience of working with historical perspectives or cultural heritage with a focus on the 20th century is a requirement for the position. Knowledge and experience of research on cultural dimensions of preparedness and security in a historical perspective is an advantage. The position requires very good proficiency in spoken and written English.

It is important that you have a positive attitude and that you combine independent creativity and research engagement with a willingness and ability to collaborate in various forms.

The workplace

You will be employed at the Division of History, Arts, and Religious Studies (HKR) at the Department of Culture and Society (IKOS), located at Campus Valla in Linköping. The department has about 30 employees and houses the interdisciplinary research environment in Historical Studies, which also runs its own higher seminar. Historical Studies at HKR is currently in a favorable and expanding situation in the light of a major donation, and here you will get the opportunity to contribute and help shape the environment. We look forward to welcoming you!


Division for History, Arts, and Religious Studies (HKR). (Link)

The research programme ”At the end of the world: A transdisciplinary approach to the apocalyptic imaginary in the past and present”. (Link)

The research project “Soundscapes of warning: The past, present and futures of ‘Viktigt meddelande till allmänheten (VMA)” (Link)

The employment

This post is a temporary contract of two years with the possibility of extension up to a total maximum of three years. The position as a postdoc is full-time.

Starting date according to agreement. 

Salary and employment benefits

The university applies individual salaries.

More information about employee benefits is available here.

Union representatives

Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure

Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button. Your application must be received no later than August 1, 2024. 
Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered. 
Please attach your selected research publications electronically, in pdf or word format, in the application template. Research publications, e.g. monographs, which cannot be sent electronically should be sent in three sets by mail to the University Registrar at Linköping University, University Registrar, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden. The publications must be received by Linköping University no later than the deadline for application. 

Please note that printed publications will not be returned. They will be archived at Linköping University. 
In the event of a discrepancy between the English translation of the job announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent. 

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Marie Cronqvist

Professor, Head of Research Environment

+46 13 28 68 49

Kjell O Lejon

Professor, Head of Division

+46 (0)13 285667

Petra Winsa

HR manager

+46 (0)13 28 24 37

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