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Assistant Professor - Arctic Studies, with an emphasis in Indigenous Studies - Department of Scandinavian

Position overview

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window

Open July 20, 2022 through Monday, Oct 17, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Scandinavian at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Arctic Studies, with an emphasis in Indigenous Studies.

The successful applicant will be able to contribute to a comparative model of Nordic scholarship. In addition, the department has interest in a candidate with expertise in at least one of the following fields: Cultural History, Film and Media, Environmental Humanities, Gender Studies , and/or Post-Colonial Studies.

The Berkeley Scandinavian department is dedicated to the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to these values, including mentorship and course design that are attuned to the interests and needs of our first-generation students and/or students of color.

Our department is made up of dedicated scholars in a vibrant variety of Scandinavian and interdisciplinary areas. We take pride in sharing the rich intellectual and cultural world of the Nordic region with the Berkeley campus and beyond.

The campus and department are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We also welcome applicants who have had non-traditional career paths. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application

Preferred qualifications

Completion of the Ph.D. (or equivalent international degree) by the start date of the position.

Native or near-native competence in one or more indigenous Nordic languages (Inuit and/or Sámi languages), in one or more modern Nordic languages, and in English.

Strong demonstrated ability for successful research, teaching, and administrative service.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Research Sample - Article or chapter sized, in English or in another language accompanied by an English translation

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Letters of recommendation will be requested only for candidates who are advanced to serious consideration.

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Campus Information

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The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

Berkeley, CA