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Open-rank position on the history of Soviet glaciology in Central Asia

1-2 year open-rank position on the history of Soviet glaciology in Central Asia

at the Department of Geosciences, Geography Unit, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
This open-rank position is part of a Swiss National Science Foundation grant titled “Timescapes of ice: Soviet glacier science in Central Asia, 1950s-1980s”. The researcher will carry out research on the history of Soviet glaciology, with a focus on Kazakhstan, by exploring its background in Imperial Russian sciences, its establishment and institutionalization during the Soviet Union, its scientific and political discourses, and its sites and research practices in Central Asia.

Job description
• Archival and library fieldwork in Kazakhstan (archive of the Academy of science, National archive, interviews with stakeholders)
• Publication of one scientific article in an international peer-reviewed journal
• Co-editing of special issue in international peer-reviewed journal
• Co-organisation of conference panels and international conference
• Support of PI in grant administration

Qualifications
For application on PhD level:
• A Master’s degree with specialization in historical geography, environmental history, history of science, Russian/Soviet history or other relevant fields
• Evidence of publication capacity
• Interest and ability to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary manner
• Native speaker or fluent in Russian, very good language skills in English

For application on post-doc level:
• A completed PhD in historical geography, environmental history, history of science or other relevant fields
• Evidence of publication capacity
• Interest and ability to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary manner
• Native speaker or fluent in Russian, very good language skills in English
• Research experience in former Soviet archives

Conditions of employment
The appointment for the PhD level position is for 12 months extendible to 2 years. Gross salary is in the range of 47-50K CHF per year (100%). The appointment for the post-doc level position is for 12 months in the range of range of 65-70K CHF per year (80%) and follows the salary scale of the canton of Fribourg.
Project languages: German, French, English or Russian (all possible)
Starting date: 1 January 2023

Application
Please submit the following documents as a single PDF file to Mrs Nicole Equey (nicole.equey@unifr.ch)
• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Publication list and one sample writing (e.g. scientific article or book chapter)
• Names and contact information of two referees
Deadline for application: 31 October 2022
Interviews: early to mid-November 2022

All inquiries should be directed to Christine Bichsel (christine.bichsel@unifr.ch)
For additional information about the Department of Geosciences at the University of Fribourg please visit our website.

Information

Arbeitgeber: 
Department of Geosciences, Geography Unit, University of Fribourg
Arbeitsumfang: 
Arbeitsort: 
Fribourg
Bewerbungsfrist: 
31. Oktober 2022
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