2 Postdoc positions in Social anthropology, China Studies, Geography, Science and technology

    2 Postdoc positions in Social anthropology, China Studies, Geography, Science and technology

    Social anthropology – 2 Postdoc positions are available on the Moving Data, Moving People research project, Postdoc one will be hired at the IT University of Copenhagen, Postdoc two by the Department of Politics and Society at Aalborg University

    Deadline to Apply

    Aug 01, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)2
    Research Area– Social anthropology
    – China Studies
    – Geography
    – Science and technology studies
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceTechnologies in Practice research group
    Business IT Department
    IT University of Copenhagen
    Contract Period30 Months
    Starting dateNov 01, 2021


    • A PhD in a relevant field (e.g., social anthropology, China Studies, geography, science and technology studies). Candidates who have submitted their doctoral dissertations for evaluation before the application deadline are also eligible to apply
    • Fieldwork experience from China  
    • Native or near native skills in both Chinese and English 
    • Demonstrable capacity for independent research design and implementation  
    • Willingness to relocate to Denmark (when conditions allow)
    • Willingness to spend extended


    • Experience of collaborative projects and team work, including joint writing
    • Excellent organizational skills and experience in organising workshops and events
    • Previous engagement with some of the relevant themes from the project (e.g., migration, SCS, digitalization, see project website for more relevant themes) 
    • Previous engagement with relevant theory and methods
    • Relevant networks in China for facilitating fieldwork
    • Relevant teaching experience.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The two postdocs will be key contributors to our program of research into the Social Credit System in China, carrying out independent research and working closely with the project team. This research is expected to advance anthropological studies of state digitalization projects worldwide, develop a culturally specific understanding of the notion of digitalized trust, and renew the literature on internal migration in China. The postdoctoral research projects will constitute a significant component of the overall project, and while the overall emphases of the research are determined by the project, the postdocs will have considerable freedom through the subprojects in shaping how the research objectives are realized. In addition to conducting fieldwork, each postdoc is expected contribute to the shared project, publish independently, as well as together with other project team members, present research papers at international workshops and conferences, contribute to popular dissemination of the research results, and contribute to project organization and administration through workshop and conference coordination. 

    How to Apply?

    You can only apply for this position  by pushing the button “Apply Online” button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    • Motivated cover letter (max 2 pages)
    • Current CV, including contact details of two references and a list of relevant teaching experience
    • Complete list of publications
    • A maximum of 3 writing samples may be submitted for assessment, e.g. articles, article manuscripts or book or dissertation chapters
    • A research proposal in English of approximately 2-3 pages. The statement should demonstrate how you would formulate an independent research study within the framework of the MDMP project and discuss how you will contribute to bringing the project forward empirically
    • Relevant diplomas and certificates, including the PhD assessment if available.

    About Research project

    The project follows the narratives about and implementation of the Social Credit System in China during the project period. As social anthropologists and STS scholars, we are interested in the lived experiences accompanying the SCS, particularly for China’s mobile population. The project asks how digital technologies are envisaged as a means by which trusting relationships will be negotiated.  We will examine questions of infrastructural integration, and how data scores and identities move with people who are on the move. We will use a range of approaches including ethnographic fieldwork, digital ethnography as well as document analysis. The project is coordinated from ITU by Rachel Douglas-Jones and from Aalborg University by Jesper Willaing Zeuthen and Ane Bislev. For more information, please see the project website: https://blogit.itu.dk/movingdatamovingpeople/.

    About the Department

    At ITU, the postdoc will join the active Technologies in Practice research group, one of Scandinavia’s largest interdisciplinary STS environments looking at the intersection of society and IT. They will be responsible for designing an ethnographic study that attends to the making of the SCS as a sociotechnical phenomenon, following technologies, their makers, environments, and consequences of use for populations on the move. The successful candidate will be interested in and aware of questions of trust and trustworthiness become turned into technological questions, and the social life of SCS technologies in use. 


    • Appointment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Salary is in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) on Academics in the State.
    •  If you wish to be considered for both positions, you will need to apply separately for each position.


    Associate Professor Rachel Douglas-Jones
    Email: rdoj@itu.dk.

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    Postdoc for the Moving Data Moving People project

    Post expires at 8:59am on Monday August 2nd, 2021 (GMT+9)