Professor in English, specializing in American Literature

Uppsala University – Department of English

Location: Uppsala University, Sweden
Starting Date: 2019-04-01 (to be negotiated)
Application Deadline: 14 May 2018

The Department of English at Uppsala University, Sweden seeks to appoint a Professor in English, specializing in American literature, on a full time, ongoing basis to develop and enhance its strong teaching and research profile in American literature. This position is the only one of its kind in Sweden, and the department hosts the only doctoral programme specialization in American literature in the country.

We welcome applications from candidates with a sustained record of international excellence in research and a robust publication portfolio. The successful candidate will have a track record in research collaboration and external grant capture, a proven record of postgraduate supervision at doctoral level and of teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, and be able to show strong evidence of their leadership skills. The department is keen to enhance its American literature research profile in the areas of transnational studies and migration, the environmental humanities, narratives of risk and vulnerability, and Black Atlantic research and we are particularly interested in applications from candidates whose work lies in these areas.

As Professor of English specializing in American literature you will:

  • teach and supervise at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and contribute to curriculum development
  • make an outstanding and sustained contribution to the research profile of the department through your own research, your development of research projects and collaborations, through securing external funding, and through activities contributing to knowledge exchange and public engagement
  • undertake a leadership role in developing the American literature section of the department and its doctoral specialization
  • undertake senior managerial duties within the department and university when necessary

While the working language of the department is English and teaching and supervision will occur in English, any appointee who is not proficient in Swedish at the start of employment will be expected to acquire a good working knowledge of the language within two years.

Uppsala University welcomes applicants of all genders and with different backgrounds, abilities and life experience.

For detailed information about the vacancy, including how to apply, please select this link:

For further information about the position, please contact, Head of Department Merja Kytö, +46 (0)18 471 1251, e-mail