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Linnaeus University is located in Växjö and Kalmar in the southern Swedish region of Småland. The university has 2 100 employees and more than 44 000 students and offers over 200 degree programmes and 1 500 freestanding courses. Research at Linnaeus University is of high quality, nationally as well as internationally, not least at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, where research in intermedial and multimodal studies, digital humanities, environmental humanities, global humanities, colonial and postcolonial studies, young adult fiction, and popular culture is prominent.
The Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS) is a world-leading interdisciplinary research centre studying relations and interactions between media. IMS is situated within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Linnaeus University in Växjö.
IMS now announces four salaried positions for doctoral students as part of the graduate school Multimodality and Intermediality: Humanist Research in a Digital World (MIDWorld) funded by the Swedish Research Council, for third-cycle level education at the doctoral level in any of the following subjects: Comparative literature, English literature, French literature, and German literature. IMS research within any of these disciplines also include other media than literature such as film, music, art and computer games.
Subject area for the position
Comparative literature, English literature, French literature, or German literature.
Location until further notice
Linnaeus University has two main campuses, one in Växjö and one in Kalmar. The research school is located in Växjö, but PhD students are expected to participate in activities at both campuses.
Form of employment and hours
48 months temporary employment, full time.
The employment as a doctoral student is limited according to Chapter 5, Section 7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. The total employment period may not exceed the equivalent of full-time third-cycle (postgraduate) studies for four years. However, besides their own studies, someone employed as a doctoral student may to a limited extent work with education, (artistic) research, and administration, in which case the period of employment will be extended proportionally. Such work may not exceed 20 per cent of full-time work.
The current (1 January 2023) starting salary for a doctoral student position is SEK 29 450 per month (subject to tax).
For more information about employment and working conditions at Linnaeus University, please visit our website.
1 September 2023.
The doctoral students will be part of the new Doctoral Programme of Multimodality and Intermediality. Humanist Research in a Digital World (MIDWorld). The graduate school is a collaboration between the Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies and the Multimodal Communication Research Group of the Centre for Humanistic Studies at Örebro University, coordinated by Örebro University. The graduate school will accept a total of nine doctoral students.
The MIDWorld doctoral programme implements humanist research for a digital world. The main goal of the doctoral programme is to provide the next generation humanist researchers with intermedial and multimodal tools to analyse and understand the conditions of communication, media use, learning, work, creation and knowledge distribution in a digitized society and to address the challenges of a digitized society.
MIDWorld builds an interdisciplinary graduate school that offers doctoral students a combined intermedial and multimodal research perspective that draws on a wide range of subjects, including, for example, Language Studies, Literature, Film and Media Studies, History, and Rhetoric, and is further supported by competence in AI and Computer Science.
The doctoral students will play an important part in the faculty’s research environment and at their respective departments. They will be required to contribute actively by regularly attending seminars, workshops, retreats, courses, and other activities organized by the programme and their home departments and to interact regularly with other doctoral students, researchers, and teachers at the faculty. Doctoral students are expected to spend most of their working hours at the Växjö campus of Linnaeus University, unless their research or other work requires otherwise (e.g., fieldwork, archival research, or research visits abroad).
The duties include third-cycle (postgraduate) education up to doctoral degree, corresponding to a maximum of four years of full-time studies in one of four possible third-cycle subjects: Comparative literature, English literature, French literature or German literature. The third-cycle programmes include mandatory and elective courses of 60 credits (ECTS) and a doctoral thesis corresponding to 180 credits. For more information about the third-cycle programmes at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, see the information on the Faculty’s website and the general syllabus in the literary subject area: General syllabus for third-cycle education in the fields of literary studies.
Context of the position
The four doctoral students in MIDWorld will be part of the Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS) in Växjö.
At IMS, linguists, literary, film, design, music, art history and media scholars explore the complex mix of media and modes in communication with intermedial, multimodal and media and communication approaches. IMS research investigates intermedial and multimodal aspects of media in relation to four core themes, Meaning Making, Narration, Learning, and Truthfulness, and strives to address the societal challenges of a mediatized society via four clusters: IMS Green, IMS News, IMS Memory, and IMS Literacy. These transdisciplinary research clusters explore intermedial and multimodal aspects of current social challenges such as how film, literature and games mediate scientific knowledge about the ecological climate crisis (IMS Green); the multimodal and transmedial challenges of journalism and the spreading of disinformation (IMS News); contested cultural heritage and memory cultures in the digital age (IMS Memory); and the role of media and modes in education (IMS Literacy).
For the doctoral programme MIDWorld, IMS calls for research proposals on intermediality, multimodality and challenges of a digitized society broadly, but encourages proposals situated within any of our four research clusters (IMS Green, IMS News, IMS Memory, IMS Literacy).
MIDWorld and IMS are an international and inclusive research environment, and applicants of any nationality, based anywhere in the world at the time of the application deadline, are welcome to apply.
The doctoral students will be employed by the department to which their third-cycle subject belongs and will be expected to contribute to the environment of their respective department, in addition to MIDWorld and IMS.
No knowledge of Swedish is required for the positions. The working language within the programme is English.
General entry requirements according to the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (Chapter 7, Section 39):
A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:
Specific entry requirements according to the requirements of Linnaeus University:
- has been awarded a second-cycle qualification [normally an MA];
- has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
- has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
A person meets Linnaeus University’s entry requirement for third-cycle courses and study programme if he or she,
- has proficiency in English, corresponding to the general entry requirements for university studies in Sweden (at the bachelor’s level). (For further details, see the information provided by the Swedish Council for Higher Education)
AND one of the following:
- has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 120 credits of which at least 30 credits are at second-cycle level including an independent project of at least 15 credits, in one of the following subjects, comparative literature, English literature, French literature or German literature, or equivalent studies within the humanities.
All eligibility requirements must be met by the time of the application deadline.
For more information about specific entry requirements and additional information about the doctoral education at Linnaeus University, see the general syllabi for third-cycle education (see links above).
The application must be written in English and consist of the following documents:
- a cover letter explaining the motives for applying to the position (max two pages); the letter should also clearly state which of the four possible third-cycle subjects you are applying for;
- the applicant’s CV (max two pages);
- attested copies of transcript/s of records demonstrating the applicant’s eligibility for the position (including proof of proficiency in English for non-native speakers);
- a research plan (max 10 000 characters excl. references), including purpose, theory, research questions, method, time plan, and how you position your project within MidWorld and, if applicable, in one of the research clusters (i.e. IMS Green, IMS, News, IMS Memory or IMS Literacy);
- a copy of the applicant’s MA thesis or the equivalent;
- names of and contact details for up to three referees.
For more information about the applications procedure and how to apply, please visit Linnaeus University’s job page.
Deadline for applications is 30 March 2023. Interviews with selected applicants will commence in April 2023.
Selection of applicants will be made with regard to their ability to assimilate the education at the third-cycle level. The assessment will be based on the following criteria:
- the relevance, originality and feasibility of the research plan in relation to intermediality, multimodality, and challenges of a digitized society, as defined on the website for the doctoral program;
- the applicant’s academic qualifications, particularly the quality and relevance of their MA thesis or the equivalent;
- other relevant qualifications and references.
Directors of MIDWorld Växjö: Niklas Salmose and Beate Schirrmacher.
Head of the Department of Film and Literature (comparative literature): Piia Posti
Head of the Department of Languages (English, French, and German literature): Anna Greek
HR-partner Department of Film and Literature (literary studies): Sandra Kron
HR partner Department of Languages (English, French, and German literature): Josefin Grahn
Deadline for applications is March, 30 2023.
Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.
Please apply by clicking on the Apply button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 (Local time in Sweden) on the closing day.