Deadline: 29 August 2022

The Nordic Africa Institute is a centre for research, knowledge, policy advice and information on Africa. Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the institute is a government agency, funded jointly by Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

The Nordic Africa Institute’s African Scholar Program is targeted at researchers based in Africa who need time and a conducive environment for finishing and writing up their ongoing research. The Senior Researcher position is offered at the Nordic Africa Institute for the duration of 12 months. The Nordic Africa Institute is looking for a qualified senior researcher from an African universitie or research institution with a demonstrable record of accomplishment.

We welcome applications from scholars that are consistent with the impact areas identified in the NAI 2022-2026 strategy, which can be found here:

NAI would especially welcome research with relevance to the following themes:

  • The African continent / countries and the changing face of geopolitics or security issues and roles played by external forces
  • Energy, energy transition and resource politics
  • The African Union, women and gender equity
  • Urbanisation, mobilities, and demographic transition

Successful candidates might use the period of employment at NAI to complete on-going research, develop a new research project, or complete articles, a book or monograph manuscript. A scholar-researcher should take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Nordic Africa Institute and expect to contribute meaningfully towards actualizing NAI’s vision and mandate and its policy outreach activities in return.

This position falls under the Institute’s African Scholar Program. The research may take a comparative view or present in-depth analysis on a specific country focus. Strong emphasis at NAI is upon contextually informed, well nuanced, field based research in the qualitative social sciences or in economics.


  • A PhD degree in anthropology, geography, sociology, gender studies, international development, development economics or related subject.
  • It is essential the applicant has 7 or more years’ experience post-PhD conducting academic research.
  • A current research/teaching position in university or research institution in Africa.
  • Record of high quality scholarly research.
  • Strong ability to present complex issues to non-academic audiences.
  • Demonstrated track record in science communication and policy/practice engagement with non-academic stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of African scientific communities, and policy environments, and other stakeholders and actors relevant to the research topic.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

The application

The application should contain:

A) Proposal not exceeding 5 pages presenting:
(i) A realistic work plan for the length of stay at the institute – detailing proposed intellectual activities, expected outputs (such as publications, dissemination activities, participation at seminar/workshop/conference activities, and policy engagements);
(ii) Presentation of the on-going research project(s) – objective, questions, theory and method;

B) A complete CV with a list of scientific publications where it is clearly indicated which publications are formally considered as peer reviewed.

C) Indication of internet addresses to the applicant’s own publications relating to his/her research (a maximum of three publications)

D) Evidence of policy engagement / science-policy communication to non-academic audiences (a 1 page summary, or up to three non-academic outputs)

E) Names and contact details of at least two references.

As part of the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates will be invited to present their proposed research projects for the Nordic Africa Institute via Zoom.

Condition of Service

Contract period will be 12 months and expected start of date is as early as possible in 2023.

Salary is negotiable within the Institute’s current salary levels and remuneration packages. The position includes attractive benefits and conditions offered for employees of the Swedish civil service.

Duty station is Uppsala.

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