Research Adjunct - YUFE Career Tracks: Postdoctoral Programme on „European Identity“

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    Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    08/01/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Toruń


There is a great opportunity to work at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, the leading research university in Poland and the member of Young Universities for the Future of Europe - YUFE (https://yufe.eu)! Apply for a 3-year postdoc position financed by University Centre of Excellence IMSErt - Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments (www.imsert.umk.pl/en) and choose our University. We’re creating new quality in research! This offer is a part of the Postdoctoral Programme on "European Identity" which is provided by University of Bremen, the member of YUFE: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/575003

The YUFE Alliance is based on the joint vision of ten young research universities and four non-academic partners aiming to contribute to a more innovative, united, and competitive Europe addressing European and global challenges. It aims to bring radical change by becoming the leading model of a young, student-centered, open and inclusive European University based on the Quadruple Helix process, with cooperation between the education sector, the public and private sector, policy makers and citizens. The YUFE Alliance is united in commitment to build inter-connected education and research and innovation systems that are open, accessible and inclusive, founded on the principles of open science and social responsibility.

Description of the offer provided by Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and IMSErt


Discipline: The Field of the Humanities - Art Sciences, Archaeology, Philosophy, History, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Cultural and Religious Sciences, The Field of Social Sciences - Socio-economic Geography and SPatial Economy, Safety Studies, The science of social communication and the media, Political and Admintration Studies, Management Studies, Sciences of Law, Sociologcal Sciences, Education, Psychology, Economics and Finance

Gross Salary: 11500 PLN

Keywords: European identity, humanities, social sciences, postdoc, YUFE

Guided by our vision to create a European University, we pursue the following goals with this Postdoctoral Programme: 

● Build the first YUFE Career Track and improve career development opportunities within YUFE and beyond 

● Attract the most talented early career researchers to YUFE, providing excellent research conditions, dedicated mentoring and the opportunity to co-create one of the first European Universities 

● Foster research excellence in the field of European identity and responsibilities in a global world 

● Create an interdisciplinary network of experts in the field of European identityand responsibilities in a global world among the YUFE partner universities 

YUFE Alliance universities you can apply to as contract universities in the programme: 

● Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland 

● Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain 

● University of Antwerp, Belgium 

● University of Bremen, Germany 

● University of Cyprus, Cyprus 

● University of Eastern Finland, Finland 

● University of Rijeka, Croatia 

All YUFE Alliance universities can be chosen as partner universities for your mobility stay(s). 

These include: 

● Maastricht University, the Netherlands 

● Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland 

● Universidad Carlos III De Madrid, Spain 

● University of Antwerp, Belgium 

● University of Bremen, Germany 

● University of Cyprus, Cyprus 

● University of EasternFinland, Finland 

● University of Essex, the United Kingdom 

● University of Rijeka, Croatia 

● Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy 

This is the first call within the YUFE Postdoctoral Programme currently offering 7 positions at 7 of the YUFE universities (see list of contract universities above). We envision other calls in the coming years addressing other YUFE focus areas and possibly involving another set of contract universities. Note that all YUFE universities are involved as partner universities, faculty from partner universities serve as members on the selection committee, act as mentors and will host postdocs during their mobility stays. 

At the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń the post Postdoc – Research Adjunct on the European identity will be created within the University Centre of Excellence "Interaction - mind, society, environment". (IMSErt). More information on the website: https://imsert.umk.pl/en 

The postdoc position is part of a new project – Initiative of Excellence – Research University, under which Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun was selected as one of the ten best universities in Poland and supported by additional funds for the development of scientific potential. The Centre of Excellence IMSErt is the flagship institution within the project, the only one dedicated specifically to research in the humanities and social sciences. It is characterised by opening to new research areas, strong internationalisation, high competitiveness and scientific excellence. 

The Centre implements research in such disciplines as linguistics, archaeology, psychology, history of knowledge, memory studies, social geography, environmental studies, economics, finance and management and others. Five leading themes have been identified and will be implemented in the Centre: 

1. Past Environment, Societies and Cultures – Multidisciplinary Perspective; 

2. People, Space and Environment; 

3. Evolution of Communication Systems; 

4. Knowledge Complexity and Memory;

5. Sustainable Development and the Society of the Future. 

More Information


As a successful candidate: 

● you will be employed full-time as a postdoctoral researcher at one of the YUFE universities (“contract university”) for the duration of three years. The employment conditions and salaries of the contract university apply. Research expenses including travel allowances can be applied for – conditions vary between contract universities. 

● you will closely collaborate with colleagues of at least one other YUFE university (“partner university”). An outline of that collaboration and a mobility plan that proposes extended stays at YUFE universities other than your contract university are part of your application material. 

● you will be mentored by two faculty members - one at your prospective contract institution, one at your prospective (main) partner university. You propose these mentors together with your application. Both have to confirm their willingness to engage in mentoring. 

● you will work closely with your mentors, however, you will be given a high level of autonomy in pursuing your individual project and establishing your future research agenda. 

● you will have the opportunity to engage in teaching and supervising. Teaching obligations may differ depending on the contract university, but these activities shall not exceed 10% of the full-time employment. 

● you will be in close contact with the other postdocs in the programme. The YUFE postdoc cohort will be part of the broader YUFE research network on European identity that we wish to create. You will be expected to contribute actively to joint activities of the YUFE postdoc cohort (e.g., a (virtual) jour fixe, peer-to-peer counseling and evaluation of progress reports, an annual research network event, co-organisation of research conferences or workshops). 

● you will participate in a mid-term state-of-play event in conjunction with the annual research network meeting. The state-of-play event is designed to showcase the projects, foster collaboration and provide you with feed-back and guidance from an experts’ committee towards further career steps. 

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility and Requirements 

● Applicants must hold a PhD degree and have a research record in a subject area connected to the focus area of the programme. Applicants must be early career researchers who have completed their PhD no earlier than 3 years before the start of the programme. Thus the PhD must have been completed on or after 1 September, 2018. Parental and other care (or medical) related leaves can be taken into account – where relevant - and the eligibility window may be widened accordingly. 

● Applicants must present a research project pertaining to the programme’s focus on European identity and responsibilities in a global world. 

● Applicants must present a mobility plan for the duration of the position together with a suggestion of both a mentor at the prospective contract university and a mentor at the prospective (main) YUFE partner university. 

● Applicants must have a strong track record in research. 

● Experience of cooperation and networking in the scientific community is desirable. 

Required documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Professional curriculum vitae
  • Copy of doctorate certificate
  • Information about scientific, didactic and organizational achievements (abstract comprising candidate's most important areas of research, and scientific, educational, and other achievements)
  • List of publications (including the publishing house/journal, year of publication, and page number)
  • Declaration of consent to the processing of personal data contained in the job offer for the needs of the recruitment process, in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of The Council od 27 April 2016 (L119/1) (download here)
  • a project outline (max 5 pages)
  • a mobility plan (max 2 pages)
  • confirmation of mentors at contract and partner universities

Selection process

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (CEST) on Friday, 8 January 2021. The YUFE Expert Committee will complete its work by the end of March 2021 at the latest. Offers by individual institutions may differ in time but are expected to be made as soon as possible. The funding period starts with the new academic year 2021 of the contract university (August-October). In the case of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, employment is planned from October 1, 2021.

Additional comments

Click and read more: https://www.umk.pl/en/employment/?class=Offer&Lang=en&Id=3888

Please apply online in our application portal: www.uni-bremen.de/yufe-incoming 

For further information please contact the head of the University Centre of Excellence IMSErt - Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments, prof. Adam Kola: adamkola@umk.pl


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EURAXESS offer ID: 586455


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