10/02/2020

Research fellow (post-doctoral)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Tallinn University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Cultural studies
    HistoryArt history
    Other
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/04/2020 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Estonia › Tallinn
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    853385

Tallinn University announces open competition for two research fellow (post-doctaral) positions to commence on 1st September 2020 in the research project "Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena", funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The project is being carried out at the School of Humanities, Tallinn University (2020-2024). Principal Investigator (PI) is PhD Eneken Laanes.

Position: Research fellow (post-doctoral fellow) - 2 positions

Academic unitSchool of Humanities

The position will be filled by 01.09.2020 and the maximum duration of the contract is 36 months.
 

Aims of Translating MemoriesThe project explores post-Soviet Central and Eastern European attempts to make their local histories of the Second World War and the Socialist regime known globally. It examines these efforts through aesthetic media of memory – literature, film and art – that circulate globally and bring local experiences to global audiences and through the heated public debates that these works of art have provoked in different national and transnational contexts. What memorial forms have been used to make Eastern European memories intelligible in the global arena? What is gained and what is lost in this translation? What can the different ways that aesthetic acts of memory are received nationally and transnationally tell us about the frictions between these scales of memory and within the national itself? How has the globalisation of memory practices reinforced national memory in Eastern Europe? The project argues that the recently reinforced comparative and competitive political discourses about twentieth-century totalitarianisms in Eastern Europe can only be understood by exploring the arts that have developed more productive comparative and translational approaches and can therefore help to untangle the most recalcitrant nodes of confrontational political discourses and addressing the ethical and political complexity of remembering war and state terror.

The aesthetic media of memory (literature, film, art, museums) are studied in the contexts of wider memory cultures, including their relationship to the politics of memory of different (trans)national memory cultures in the region. The project aims to offer a comparative and transnational view of Central and Eastern European attempts to negotiate their entangled histories of twentieth-century totalitarianisms within the global framework.

Job requirements

Candidates for the research fellow (post-doctoral) position shall meet at least the requirements of career level II of research fellow (Annex 5, 9 and 10 of TLU's Employment Relations Rules). 

  • Doctoral Degree (non-TLU doctoral degree) in a relevant discipline (Slavic Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Art History, Memory Studies or in a related field). Doctoral degree must have been defended or obtained an equivalent qualification in a foreign country not more than five years ago, excluding the time taken for pregnancy and maternity leave, child care leave and conscription service or alternative service.
  • An excellent academic track record relevant to the project;
  • Demonstrable affinity with cultural memory studies;
  • Excellent English, academic writing and presentation skills (at least on the level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages); 
  • Good level of one or more Central and Eastern European languages relevant for the researcher’s individual project;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work both as an independent researcher and as a team member;
  • Good organisational, social and communication skills.

Job responsibilities

General work duties are determined in Annexes 1, 5 and 10 of the Employment Relations Rules of Tallinn University. Guidelines for the research design and its practical execution will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor of the research project.

The project has an opening for two Post-doctoral Researchers. The individual subprojects of the post-doctoral researchers will focus on different regions in Central and Eastern Europe and the role of aesthetic media of memory in their memory cultures in the post-Soviet period. Comparative projects within Central and Eastern Europe are particularly welcomed.

The post-doctoral researchers will join a team of three doctoral students and several senior researchers at the interdisciplinary and international School of Humanities. The project funding allows for international research trips and conference attendance and the researchers are given support for publishing in international peer-reviewed journals. They are expected to conduct their own research on a topic closely related to the project, write and publish academic papers, as well as assist in organising project-related academic and public outreach activities.

 

Workload: 1,0 FTE.

Salary:  max 2200 euros (incl. direct taxes as income tax, unemployment insurance and the funded pension payment which are withheld from the salary automatically by the employer).

Location: The post-doctoral researchers are expected to live in Tallinn and work at the premises of Tallinn University.

Additional information: Practical questions on the competition should be directed to konkurss@tlu.ee, questions about the research project and the nature of the work should be sent to Dr Eneken Laanes, eneken.laanes@tlu.ee.

 

Required application documents

The candidates are expected to submit the required applications documents (preferably in PDF-format) by 15th April 2020 to Personnel Office of Tallinn University (Narva mnt 25, room T-218, 10120, Tallinn, or digitally signed to konkurss@tlu.ee) with the title “Academic competition”:

  • a signed application-motivation letter addressed to the Rector, which contains an overview of the candidate’s objectives in carrying out study and research and development or creative activities;
  • research proposal of max 2000 words (not including footnotes, references and bibliography). It should outline the research that you wish to pursue and connect it to the “Translating Memories” project. It should demonstrate knowledge of the state of the art in the field, formulate a research question and include a description of methodology and a short bibliography. When drafting your research proposal please indicate also the ways in which your research would intersect with the project and contribute to it, as well as how your past research activities have prepared you for a position in the „Translating Memories” project team;
  • curriculum vitae, which shall include, among others, an overview of the candidate's teaching, research and development or other creative activity, and social and institutional activity;
  • copies of a document certifying the qualification required from the position, and its annexes. The University shall have the right to request that the candidate submit the original or certified copies of the document certifying the qualification and its annexes. If higher education has been obtained abroad, the University shall have the right to request that the candidate submit the evaluation of the Estonian ENIC/NARIC concerning the conformity of the candidate’s qualification with the requirements established for the position;
  • a list of research publications, separately highlighting research papers published in internationally distributed publications peer reviewed by an editorial board. It is recommended that a list of the candidate’s research publications is also available in the Estonian Research Information System (ETIS);
  • link to the full text of, or, if it is not possible, a file of one representative research publication.

The application documents shall be submitted in English.

Selection process

The academic staff will be recruited through international competition, in accordance with the Employment Relations Rules of the Tallinn University (§ 9-20). The selection procedure will be carried out by the election committee of the schools, appointed by the director of the same institute.

Selection will follow an open, transparent and meritbased recruitment process that involves the following phases:

  • Announcement of the competition by the rector;
  • Submitting the required application documents;
  • Assessment of compliance with the job requirements of the candidates by the election committee. Expert assessments, meetings with the candidates, etc.

The election of academic staff members will be held in the council of the school latest in June 2020.   

The Personnel Office shall contact every candidate concerning the results of the election as soon as possible, but not latest than 2 weeks after the decision.

The election committee of the unit, where the elected position is situated, shall contact the candidates to make the agreements of the time, place and topic of the public lecture and meetings, if necessary.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    OTHER: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Requirements for the candidates

Candidates for the research fellow (post-doctoral) position shall meet at least the requirements of career level II of research fellow (Annex 5, 9 and 10 of TLU's Employment Relations Rules). 

  • Doctoral Degree (non-TLU doctoral degree) in a relevant discipline (Slavic Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Art History, Memory Studies or in a related field). Doctoral degree must have been defended or obtained an equivalent qualification in a foreign country not more than five years ago, excluding the time taken for pregnancy and maternity leave, child care leave and conscription service or alternative service.
  • An excellent academic track record relevant to the project;
  • Demonstrable affinity with cultural memory studies;
  • Excellent English, academic writing and presentation skills (at least on the level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages); 
  • Good level of one or more Central and Eastern European languages relevant for the researcher’s individual project;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work both as an independent researcher and as a team member;
  • Good organisational, social and communication skills.

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Tallinn University
Estonia
Tallinn
10120
Narva mnt 25

EURAXESS offer ID: 491201

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