Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Environmental or Medical Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Oulu announces a two-year Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Environmental or Medical Humanitiesto start at the beginning of March, 2015.

This researcher position is placed at TheAge of Adjustments – Critical and Historical Perspectives on Governing Citizens, Health and the Environment research community (RC) at the University of Oulu http://www.ouluageads.com/. The RC focuses on environmental and medical humanities. We apply research tools from the human sciences to the study of the environment, health and social engineering. We are interested in versatile and partly intertwining issues, such as sustainability, commodification of the biosphere, recreation, tourism, normality, deviance and illness and health, as well as social technologies. Particularly, we aim at a multidisciplinary (e.g. cultural anthropology, history, human geography and philosophy) research on the emergence of practical applications of proactive adaptation and governance.

The RC aims at creating a dynamic forum for PhD students and junior and senior researchers for familiarising each other’s work; for sharing insights, case study methods, problems and results; and for developing collaborative partnerships. The community aims at organising annual conferences, smaller seminars, and variety of workshops and lectures that will address all kinds of topics in the fields in question. The RC was rated as ‘outstanding’ (6/6) in the previous research assessment exercise at the University of Oulu in the category of new research initiatives in 2013.

The position will be filled for two years, starting from 1st of March 2015 at the earliest. The post is located in Oulu. The salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be set on levels 5–6 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, supplementary remuneration will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 46.3% of whatever salary scale (5–6) is set for the post. In practice, the salary will be about 3300 – 4300€ at the start of the period. Additional funding will be available for international collaboration and mobility.