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PhD student in Gender Studies, 1-3 positions

Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

The Department of Thematic Studies was the first in Sweden to offer an academic setting for thematically organised, interdisciplinary, socially relevant research. We combine strong research with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses, often in collaboration with actors outside the university. Our point of departure is a critical, reflective approach, and we seek to develop new ways of understanding established social phenomena, in order to benefit both scientific and social development.
Read more at https://liu.se/en/organisation/liu/tema

hereby advertises 1-3 positions as

PhD student in Gender Studies
formally based at tema Genus, the Department of Thematic Studies

Tema Genus is a creative and dynamic unit with an international profile in interdisciplinary and thematic gender research and education. Gender Studies at Tema Genus spans a wide range of fields, for instance: feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, race, posthuman, environmental, dis/ability, body, science and cultural studies. Tema Genus also directs collaborative international research centers such as the excellence center GEXcel international Collegium and the postgraduate research training consortium interGender, and hosts a pioneering PhD programme, an international Master’s programme in Gender Studies-Intersectionality and Change, and with single subject courses at MA-as well as BA-level. More information here: https://liu.se/en/organisation/liu/tema/temag

As a PhD student you will primarily devote yourself to your research. As a PhD student you are limited to work with education and administration up to 20 percent of full time.

These positions are part of the project ”The ethics and social consequences of AI and caring robots. Learning trust, empathy and accountability”. The project is part of the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program on Humanities and Society (WASP-HS). WASP-HS aims to realize excellent research and develop competence on the consequences and challenges of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems for the individual person and society. This 10-year program is initiated and generously funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (MMW) with 660 million SEK. In addition to this, the program receives support from collaborating industry and from participating universities.

WASP-HS includes an extensive national graduate school with up to 70 doctoral students, the creation of least ten new research groups across Sweden, support for twelve visiting professors to strengthen Swedish research and networking activities, and a number of research projects. For more information about the research and other activities conducted within WASP-HS, please visit http://wasp-hs.org/.

The WASP-HS graduate school provides foundations, perspectives, and state-of-the-art knowledge in the different disciplines taught by leading researchers in the field. Through an ambitious program with research visits, partner universities, and visiting lecturers, the graduate school actively supports forming a strong multi-disciplinary and international professional network between PhD students, researchers and practitioners in the field. It thus provides added value on top of the existing PhD programs at the partner universities, providing unique opportunities for students who are dedicated to achieving international research excellence with societal relevance.

The positions are also part of ”The Bodies Hub”, an interdisciplinary research environment at Tema Genus working with science and technology studies, critical design and data studies, and cultural perspectives on the human-robot entanglement, both theoretically and methodologically. The holders of the positions will be expected to have a collaborative approach to working practices and be a creative and constructive colleague in an interdisciplinary research environment.

We welcome applicants with a background within, for example, gender studies, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, science and technology studies or design. Experience in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in social science/humanities is considered a merit. Qualifications in one or several of the following fields are considered to be of particular merit.

  • Gender Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Feminist technoscience
  • Library and information sciences/Critical data studies
  • Critical design studies
  • Internet studies
  • Digital humanities
  • Hacking/coding
  • And/or behavioral sciences

Good English skills, spoken and written, are a requirement. Since fieldwork conducted in Swedish is included in the project, the successful applicants are expected to acquire working knowledge of written and spoken Swedish within two years of employment.

Qualified to PhD studentships are only those who are or have been admitted to graduate studies.

To be admitted to graduate studies, the applicant needs to have an advanced degree, have completed a minimum of 240 ECTS, of which at least 60 ECTS are on the advanced level. Furthermore, to be admitted to graduate studies in Gender Studies, the requirement is that at least 90 of the credits are in a subject matter related to that area, including knowledge in gender studies at a minimum of 45 credits.

Appointment time
The appointment will be until further notice for a maximum of one year at a time. A doctoral student may not be employed during a period exceeding eight years. The total time of appointment must not exceed the equivalent of four years´ full time research training.

Starting date 
August 25th, 2020

The salary for PhD students is based on the department’s salary scale.

Union representatives
For contact with union representatives see below.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest January 30th, 2020.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

In the event of a discrepancy between the English translation of the positions announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent

Equal opportunities
A majority of our PhD students within the Department of Thematic Studies are women, which is why precedence will be given to men in cases where qualifications are deemed otherwise equivalent.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Linköping university has framework agreements and wishes to decline direct contacts from staffing- and recruitment companies as well as from vendors of job advertisements.


Contact person

Alma Persson

Head of unit, Senior lecturer

+46 13 28 66 68



Ericka Johnson


+46 13 28 44 54



Carin Ennergård


+46 13 28 21 14



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