Principal for Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study
The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study is seeking to appoint a Principal for a period of up to six years (renewable). The starting date is negotiable, but no later than summer 2018.
The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) is an institute for advanced study, primarily in social sciences and humanities. A natural sciences programme is also currently being established. SCAS is a national research institution hosted by Uppsala University (Government Ordinance 1995:1079). It has contacts with research institutions and foundations throughout the world and has expanded in recent years. It is housed in the Linnaeum and Prefektvillan buildings in the Botanical Garden in Uppsala, and in the nearby Villa Therese Andersson.
SCAS is governed by a National Board with representatives from six Swedish universities. It also has an Academic Senate which currently has a membership of seven international researchers.
The Visiting Fellows programmes are a key feature at SCAS, bringing more than 30 prominent foreign and Swedish researchers to the Collegium each year, for an academic year or a semester. SCAS offers an environment that allows the Visiting Fellows to concentrate on their own research interests while also encouraging dialogue across disciplinary, national and generational boundaries. English is the main working language for research activities. The administration is mainly conducted in Swedish, though English is also used to a considerable extent.
SCAS is a member of a group of nine leading institutes for advanced study (SIAS). It is also a member of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study and engages in close cooperation with similar institutes in other parts of the world.
Duties of the Principal:
The Principal has overall responsibility for scholarly and administrative development at SCAS. The post of Principal of SCAS allows time for personal research activities.
The responsibilities of the Principal include planning and selection of participants in the Visiting Fellows programmes and other scholarly programmes at a level that secures and enhances the status of SCAS as one of the leading institutions of its kind in Europe and the world. The responsibilities also include securing funding for existing and new Visiting Fellows programmes.
The Principal has a particular responsibility for the national programme for young scholars beyond the postdoctoral level that SCAS conducts in collaboration with and funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond). The programme enables the selected scholars to spend a year at SCAS and a year at one of its sister institutions abroad. For the Principal, this means establishing and maintaining close cooperation, characterised by mutual confidence, with several of the world’s foremost research environments.
The Principal’s duties involve scholarly and administrative work and ensuring a lively scholarly environment and a good social environment for Visiting Fellows from around the world. They also involve continuous contacts with the councils, foundations and funds that contribute to the financing of SCAS’s Visiting Fellows programmes and other scholarly programmes.
The Principal is also responsible for planning and conducting scholarly seminars and symposia.
Person specification for the role of Principal:
The person we are seeking will be an effective professor and academic leader, highly respected in their own field and with an overview of, interest in and familiarity with scholarly activities more broadly. Experience of working at an internationally leading institute for advanced study is desirable.
You should also have:
- Experience of planning and conducting scholarly programmes involving the participation of researchers from different disciplines and/or countries.
- An ability to work with, develop and maintain relations with various types of stakeholders, including research funding bodies.
- An ability to operate in an English-language research environment and to participate in and lead negotiations with representatives of both Swedish and non-Swedish research councils, funds, foundations and institutes for advanced study.
- Experience of management and leadership from scholarly or knowledge-based activities, including staff and budget responsibilities, and experience of responsibility for leadership in research environments or research programmes.
In the recruitment, importance will be attached to personal qualities and to the social and communicative abilities that are required to perform the duties well.
Information about the post is available from
Professor Anders Malmberg, Chairman of the Board of SCAS, Anders.Malmberg@uu.se, tel. +46 704 250 175.
We look forward to receiving your application, written in English, by 18 September 2017. UFV-PA 2017/ 2345.
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Placement: The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Ellena Papaioannou, Seko
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Suzanne Borén Andersson, TCO/ST 018-471 6251
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/2345
Last application date: 2017-09-18