28/09/2020
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Post-doctoral Researcher


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Tallinn University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Cultural studiesOther
    Cultural studiesRussian studies
    HistoryArt history
    HistoryOther
    Language sciencesOther
    LiteratureOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    02/11/2020 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Estonia › Tallinn
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/01/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    853385

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Tallinn University announces the public competition to fulfil the position of a post-doctoral researcher in the project "Translated Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena" from 1st January 2021. The employment contract shall be concluded for a fixed term of up to 36 months.

 

General description

Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), is being carried out at the School of Humanities, Tallinn University (2020-2024, https://translatingmemories.tlu.ee). Principal Investigator (PI) is Dr. Eneken Laanes. The project is recruiting one Postdoctoral Researcher. Appointment will start on 1 January 2021 and the maximum duration of the contract is 36 months.

Aims of ‘Translating Memories’

The 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.

The project has an opening for one postdoctoral researcher. This is a renewed call with a narrowed down regional focus.

Postdoctoral position in ‘Memories of WWII and Socialist Past in Polish or Belarussian or Baltic literature, film, art or museums, 1990–2020’

The main aim of the sub-project is to examine how the memories of WWII and socialist past are represented in one or several aesthetic media of memory within one or several national and transnational contexts in East Central Europe, with a specific focus on Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia. Preference will be given to literature, film and art over museums.

Job responsibilities

According to annexes 1 and annex 5 of TLU Employment Relations Rules. Guidelines for the research design and its practical execution will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor of the research project.

The postdoctoral researchers will join a team of three doctoral students and two other postdoctoral researchers and several affiliated 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.

Job requirements

Post-doctoral researcher is a researcher who has been awarded a doctoral degree or equal qualification within the last five years, excluding the time spent on parental leave and time served in the Defence Forces. The candidate must fulfill all the general requirements of the position of researcher stipulated in the Employment Relations Rules of Tallinn University, annex 5, as well as the following requirements for joining the project team:

  • Doctoral Degree in a relevant discipline (Slavic Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Art History, Heritage Studies, Memory Studies or in a related field). Post-doctoral researcher is required to have a non-TLU doctoral degree.
  • 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.

Offer

Workload: 1,0 FTE, maximum duration of the contract 36 months.

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 postdoctoral researcher is expected to live in Tallinn and work at the premises of Tallinn University.

Required application documents (shall be submitted only in English)

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.

More Information

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 of Humanities latest in December 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.

Additional comments

The candidates are expected to submit by 2nd of November 2020 (including) to Personnel Office of Tallinn University (Narva mnt 25, room T-218, 10120, Tallinn, or to konkurss@tlu.ee), with the title “Academic competition” the following documents (submit documents in PDF-format if possible):

  • A signed application-motivation letter addressed to the Rector in which the candidate provides an overview of the aims that he or she will pursue in the project period;
  • 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;
  • 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.
  • Copies of the documents proving the qualification to hold the position and its annexes. Originals of the document proving qualification and its annexes or certified copies may be requested from the candidate. If a degree has been earned abroad, an assessment from the ENIC/NARIC Centre certifying the correspondence of that qualification to the requirements established for the employment position, may be requested from the candidate.
  •  A list of research publications that sets out in a separate section the research work published in international editions that have an international editorial board and employ a peer review system;
  • Link to the full text of, or, if it is not possible, a file of one representative research publication.

Required application documents shall be submitted only in English and signed by the candidate.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Other: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent
    OTHER: Good

Skills/Qualifications

Job requirements

Post-doctoral researcher is a researcher who has been awarded a doctoral degree or equal qualification within the last five years, excluding the time spent on parental leave and time served in the Defence Forces. The candidate must fulfill all the general requirements of the position of researcher stipulated in the Employment Relations Rules of Tallinn University, annex 5, as well as the following requirements for joining the project team:

  • Doctoral Degree in a relevant discipline (Slavic Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Art History, Heritage Studies, Memory Studies or in a related field). Post-doctoral researcher is required to have a non-TLU doctoral degree.
  • 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.

Map Information

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Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Tallinn University
Estonia
Tallinn
10120
Narva mnt 25

EURAXESS offer ID: 562345

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