|Doctoral Researcher, Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Programme|
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We are looking to hire a highly motivated
to join the University of Oulu’s Faculty of Humanities, Unit of History, Culture and Communications. The Doctoral Researcher positionwill be based in a project focusing on soil biodiversity, and more broadly soil health, as a rising concern for different groups who interact with, work with, and seek to govern land (such as conservation, agriculture, forestry, gardening, urban planning, scientific research, policy and governance, and others). The project will be situated within the interdisciplinary arena of environmental social sciences, and will be led by Dr. Anna Krzywoszynska, Associate Professor at the University of Oulu.
This doctoral researcher position is based within both the research focus area of Biodiverse Anthropocenes (https://www.oulu.fi/en/research/arctic-interactions-resilience-and-global-change/biodiverse-anthropocenes) and the Cultural Anthropology programme. Cultural Anthropology at Oulu offers a progressive, stimulating, and international working environment, with strengths across environmental anthropology, political ecology, human-environment interactions, conservation, tourism, migration, and transdisciplinary environmental social sciences.
Located on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia in Northern Finland with over 13,000 students and over 3,000 employees, the University of Oulu is one of the Nordic countries’ largest universities and a global leader in studies of Arctic environments and peoples. The research unit of History, Culture and Communications combines cutting-edge expertise of cultural anthropology, archaeology, history, information studies, and the history of science and ideas.
Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Programme
Biodiverse Anthropocenes is a Research Programme of the University of Oulu supported by the Academy of Finland PROFI6 funding (2021-2026). This innovative and transdisciplinary research initiative brings together scholars from across the social and natural sciences to collaboratively investigate the biodiversity loss currently threatening multi-species well-being and planetary sustainability, and to generate future-oriented solutions both in the Arctic and around the planet. The Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Programme is framed around four core themes:
Together, these themes address the critical topics of: multiple pressures creating biodiversity loss; the responses of species, communities and ecosystems to ecological challenges; creative development and use of research methods for examining human-environmental systems; and, speaking with and listening to the public to use scientific knowledge to enhance sustainable and ethical practices. You will be invited to join as a member of Biodiverse Anthropocenes and take part in the programme’s various activities and events.
We are looking for a talented and highly motivated research-oriented person interested in how a concern with, and interest in, the life in soils intersects with broader debates around sustainability, biodiversity, climate change, and the Anthropocene.
More specifically, we welcome research ambitions that connect practices, knowledges, and affects around soil biodiversity with broader societal developments and current discussions on sustainability, governance, and resilience. The focus of the specific doctoral project is open, but could be, for example, on any of the following themes:
You are very welcome to propose any research topic of relevance to the intersection of soil biodiversity with other issues related to sustainability, climate change, and the Anthropocene.
Soil-human relations are a recent and rapidly developing area of research in social sciences and the humanities, and Dr. Krzywoszynska is a leading scholar in this research area. You will therefore benefit from Dr. Krzywoszynska’s extensive network of researcher and practitioner contacts, as well as from the intellectural richness of the Biodiverse Anthropocenes programme, and you will have a unique opportunity to produce original work within a new and dynamically growing research area.
You will be enrolled as a full-time doctoral researcher at the University of Oulu. You will work towards writing a doctoral thesis (either a monograph or article-based thesis, as per agreement with the supervisor) in the discipline of cultural anthropology. While the degree will be awarded in anthropology, the overall approach of the project and research will be interdisciplinary and will draw on and contribute to debates in sister fields of human geography, environmental humanities, and environmental sociology.
You will carry out research work, attend doctoral courses, disseminate research results in publications and at international conferences, and complete your doctoral thesis within four years. Other duties, if of interest and appropriate, may include teaching on undergraduate courses (approximately 5% of the total 1612 working hours per year), supervising Master’s theses and participating in student-related administrative tasks of the university and/or unit.
You must possess an applicable Master of Arts or Master of Science degree (or other applicable Master’s degree) completed with very good/excellent grades in anthropology, geography, social studies of science, environmental humanities, or related field in human sciences. In addition, we appreciate
See also the requirements for Doctoral degree studies set out by the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)
What we offer
How to apply
Applications should be submitted using the electronic application form by Thursday 6th October 2022 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and should include the following appendices:
1) A motivation letter (max. 1 page) summarizing your professional experience and expertise and describing why you are interested in this position. Information on personal research interests and future career plans can also be provided here.
2) A tentative research proposal (max. 3 pages) presenting your proposed research idea, estimated timescale, relevant methodologies and theories. You may consider wider connection to the Biodiverse Anthropocenes research programme here.
3) A writing sample (max. 10 pages) in English of your academic work (e.g. published or draft article, excerpt from your M.A. thesis, etc.)
4) Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae .
5) Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of your Master’s and Bachelor’s diploma and transcript, officially translated to either Finnish or English (if originally in another language).
6) Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a personal statement about you (note that these will only be requested if you are shortlisted for this position).
Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered. The top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified at the various stages of the selection process, including once it has been completed.
The salary of the selected doctoral researcher will be in accordance with the standard Finnish university salary system for teaching and research personnel at the level 2-4. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). The starting gross salary will be approximately 2300-2500€ per month (before taxes).
The position is fixed term for 4 years beginning on 1.1.2023 or as soon as possible thereafter and ending latest on 31.12.2026. A trial period of 6 months is applied to the position.
About our University and Oulu, Finland
Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. Oulu is a Northern Nordic city known for its stunning natural surroundings, vibrant cultural life and friendly, easy-going atmosphere. Residents enjoy Finland’s high standard of living, combined with affordable housing and lower living costs compared to larger cities in the south. The greater Oulu region is home to over 200,000 people making it the largest urban centre in the Nordics and one of the fastest growing regions in northern Finland. Find out more about Oulu: https://www.oulu.fi/university/living-in-oulu