PhD Position in American Literature

Uppsala University Department of English


PhD Student in American Literature

Published: 2020-11-06

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of English contains five areas of specialization in both teaching and research: English Linguistics, English Literature, American Literature, Irish language and Culture and SINAS, the Swedish Institute for North American Studies. Research at the department is conducted within all these areas. The doctoral program in English is divided into three sections, one specializing in English Linguistics, one specializing in English Literature, and one specializing in American Literature.

Research in American Literature and Culture includes all literatures and related disciplines produced on the territory of what is now the United States from colonial times to the present, along with the work of Americans abroad. Some recent and current research areas include American literature and globalization, transnational American literature, the literature and culture of neoliberalism, American literature and the security state, postwar avant-garde poetry and poetics, the environmental and energy humanities, the New American Cinema, punk rock, and Archipelagic American Studies.

Our doctoral students in the Department of English are integrated into our research environment. Further, doctoral students in the American Literature specialization have also joined national and international networks by attending conferences and summer schools, as well as spending periods as visiting scholars at universities abroad. Abstracts of recently completed doctoral theses are available online.

For this position, Uppsala University invites applicants for a doctoral position in English, specializing in American Literature. We are looking for a dynamic and committed scholar who works well independently and who is willing to cooperate in and to contribute to the community of researchers working in the department. We particularly encourage proposals on innovative American poetry and poetics (1945 – present), the postwar avant-gardes across two or more disciplines (e.g., literature, music, cinema), and the cross-fertilization of North American and European avant-garde poetry and poetics.

Qualifications: To be eligible to apply for the doctoral position, the applicant must have completed a Master’s Degree in English before the application date. We encourage applicants from all countries to apply. The doctoral dissertation is to be written in English.

Please note that admission to a PhD programme at Uppsala University is highly competitive and that a Master’s Degree in English at the time of application is a prerequisite.

Position: The successful candidate will pursue doctoral studies full-time in Uppsala and will be expected to participate actively in departmental activities including, e.g., work-in-progress seminars, workshops, personnel meetings, etc.

The position is a 4-year full-time employment, which qualifies for all Swedish social benefits such as paid parental leave. The position might also entail teaching and other assignments up to 20% of the full-time position (extending the position proportionally). All doctoral students have dedicated office space and are expected to be present full-time in the Department. The Department of English homepage ( provides further information about the doctoral programme in English. To locate this information on our homepage, select the link to “Research” and then follow the link to “PhD Programme”.

Application: Your application should be written in English. The list of the required application materials for a complete application is found at

Rules governing PhD candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s Rules and Regulations at (the English-language version is available at

The doctoral program in English is regulated by the general syllabus for the subject, available at

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: September 1, 2021 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Erik Smitterberg, Director of PhD Studies, mailto:

Please submit your application by 8 February 2021, UFV-PA 2020/4156.

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Placement: Department of English

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/4156

Last application date: 2021-02-08

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