Monday, April 18, 2011

6 PhD Positions in Gender Studies, Sweden

Deadline: 6 May 2011
Open to: Holders of master’s degree in humanities and/or social sciences, or other educational backgrounds
Salary: According to the present standard rate for doctoral students at the Department of Thematic Studies
announces six positions as

Doctoral students in Gender Studies (Tema Genus)
formally based at the Department of Thematic Studies

At the Department of Thematic Studies research, research training, graduate and undergraduate education are carried out in multi- and interdisciplinary milieux and organized within the framework of four thematic units: Child Studies, Gender Studies, Technology and Social Change and Water and Environmental Studies. In addition to doctoral programmes, the Department of Thematic Studies also hosts international master’s programmes, programmes at undergraduate level and independent courses within Geography, Science for Sustainable Development, Gender Studies, and Thematic Natural Science.The Department also hosts three centres.

Gender Studies (Tema Genus) is an interdisciplinary unit, which is part of the Department of Thematic Studies. Research and research training at the Unit of Gender Studies are organized with a thematic focus on meanings of gender in culture, society, economy, technology, medicine, natural science and knowledge production in general, and are based on multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to theories and methodologies. Priority is given to analyses of gender/sex, gender identities, gender relations and gendered power differentials in their intersections with other important sociocultural divisions and categorizations such as ethnicity, class, sexuality, age, dis/ability, nationality, geopolitical positioning etc. International research collaboration is given high priority as well as research which is related to current socially and culturally relevant issues.

The five sub-areas which have primary intake of doctoral students now are: - Gender and Knowledge Production within the Medical, Technical and Natural Sciences (2 doctoral students) - Gender and Culture (including Critical Studies of Sexualities) (1 doctoral student) - Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities (including Critical Studies of Violences) (1 doctoral student) - The Posthumanities Hub (1 doctoral student) - The Zoontology Research Team (1 doctoral student)

In the application, applicants must indicate with which sub-area they primarily seek affiliation, and they can also indicate that they would like to become affiliated with one or more additional sub-areas.

To qualify for employment as a doctoral student it is necessary first to be accepted to the doctoral training programme. Decisions about acceptance to the doctoral training programme will be taken in connection with the employment as doctoral student.

Relevant educational background for the announced doctoral positions is a master’s degree (and 240 ECTS), first and foremost in humanities and/or social sciences, but other educational backgrounds (for example within medical, technical and natural sciences) may also be relevant. The applicant must have documented knowledge within the field of Gender Studies: a minimum of 45 ECTS or qualifications to the equivalent. The successful candidates must demonstrate a good ability for independent work and for pursuing a PhD training programme. Very good skills in written and spoken English are also required as the milieu is internationally oriented; a majority of seminars and other activities, including doctoral supervision, are often carried out in English.

The application must be accompanied by certified documentation of exams, bachelor’s and master’s thesis or equivalents, a short self presentation, including a motivation for the application, as well as an idea for a PhD thesis project (max 4 pages in English); the latter must also include a short description of the ways in which the proposed PhD research can be related to the primary sub-area with which the applicant wants to be affiliated within the Unit of Gender Studies, and, optionally, also a reflection on possible links to one or more of the other sub-areas which profiles the Unit of Gender Studies.

Head of Unit of Gender Studies, Professor Nina Lykke, phone   +46(0)13 286661, mobile:  0045 26704937,
Trade union representatives: Örjan Lönnevik (SACO) phone  +46(0)13 286634 ,, and Gabriel Thott (OFR/S), phone +46(0)11 363171,
Staff manager Marita Wiktorsson, phone +46(0)13 282177 ,, can provide information about salary and the conditions for employment.
Linköping University Att. Registrator of Department of Thematic Studies SE 581 83 Linköping Sweden

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