Postdoctoral fellowship in Anthropology, Gender studies, Education science

    Postdoctoral fellowship in Anthropology, Gender studies, Education science

    Postdoctoral fellowship position in the research project “Affective investments in diversity work in STEM”, in the Danish School of Education (DPU), Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 18, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoctoral fellowship
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Anthropology
    – Gender studies
    – Education science
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDanish School of Education (DPU)
    Faculty of Arts
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period18 Months


    Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in interdisciplinary studies (anthropology, gender studies, education science or a related discipline within the field of educational studies)


    Applicants must be able to document a relevant, international, high-quality research profile, including experience of international publication and research dissemination.

    The successful applicant must also document:

    • proven skills in qualitative research methods and data analysis
    • experience of interdisciplinary collaboration
    • the ability to collaborate in research teams
    • the ability to initiate relevant activities in an academic environment
    • the ability to write successful funding applications

    It is an advantage if the applicant can also document: 

    • skills in conducting fieldwork and qualitative interviews in educational contexts
    • knowledge in methods such as memory work, narrative interviews and learning laboratories
    • knowledge of and experience with diversity work as well as working and researching within STEM-related educational contexts
    • knowledge about the Danish educational system
    • experience with conducting analyses using affect and intersectional gender theories

    Basic Danish language skills will be advantageous, but are not required. We require that applicants will be fluent (or near fluent) in spoken and written English.

    About Research project

    The gender gap in senior research positions at Danish universities is alarming, particularly within STEM, but is also addressed through various action plans and diversity initiatives. This project looks at what happens when diversity work happens. It particularly addresses the affective investments taking place when diversity work is enacted, e.g. when discussions of ‘diversifying the curriculum’ or ‘gendered/racialised biased methods’ result in conflicts during collegial meetings, or when (proud) celebrations of organisational diversity conceal the frustration, anger or disappointment of some employees. Conceptualising diversity work as ‘mood work’, the projectaimsto explore and learn from the affective practices taking place in and across local STEM micro-milieus at Danish universities: How does diversity work affect academia and academic subjectivities? How do affective investments affect the enactment and fulfilment of diversity work? The project focuses on the small experiments of everyday diversity work and the cultural archive of diversity technologies. Specifically, the project centres on the affective investments and atmospheres that channel and energise processes of diversity work, and through which Danish and international scholars’ motivation and sense of (not) belonging emerge.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The postdoc will be part of the project team. The primary task of the postdoc will be to collect and analyse qualitative data together with international STEM scholars and managers on how diversity work is experienced, practiced, contested and managed in a range of contexts differing in relation to reputation, pure/applied research and profession. The postdoc is expected to collaborate with the PI and other project participants and to participate in and co-organise online and offline seminars with international collaborators.

    The postdoc is expected to:

    • develop an independent research agenda related to the project topic
    • collaborate on and co-author working papers and articles with the other project members
    • initiate and organise activities with the project group (co-organise and participate in research conferences, seminars and webinars as well as related activities)
    • be part of writing funding applications

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    The application must outline the applicant’s motivation for applying for the position, attaching

    • Curriculum vitae
    • A complete list of published works
    • Copies of degree certificates and examples of academic production (mandatory, but no more than five examples). Please upload this material electronically along with your application

    About the Department

    The Danish School of Education at Aarhus University is the largest centre for research and teaching in the fields of education, didactics and learning in Denmark, with approximately 250 full-time researchers, including 80 PhD students, and approximately 5,000 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students.

    The department’s activities are characterised by a high degree of interdisciplinarity and close interaction with society, including businesses, organisations, government agencies and institutions, both in Denmark and abroad.



    Dorthe Staunæs
    Professor, Danish School of Education – Education
    Phone: +4587163925

    Arts Administrative Centre – HR, AR, Emdrup
    Phone: +4587151737

    Official advertisement

    Postdoctoral position: Affective investments in diversity work in STEM

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday May 18th, 2021 (GMT+9)