Doctoral position in Social Anthropology – with a focus on anthropological praxis at workplaces

Ref PAR 2022/1787

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At the School of Global Studies, research in Social Anthropology is conducted on a host of themes related to the cultural and social phenomena in today’s globalized world. Topics include climate change, migration, religion, gender, cultural heritage, sustainability and consumption, health and indigenous peoples. Traditionally, extended periods of fieldwork and participatory observation have been hallmarks of the discipline. Its research methods explore how the practices and experiences of people’s everyday lives interplay with overarching social processes.

Social anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, announces a doctoral position with a focus on anthropological praxis at workplaces in the Nordic countries. The vast majority of graduates in anthropology pursue careers outside of academia, where they use knowledge and skills based in anthropology within various sectors in the labour market: public institutions, private companies, and civil society organisations. At the same time, there is limited knowledge about how anthropology graduates convert their theoretical, epistemological and methodological knowledge into tools that serve them in their daily professional work. We welcome projects that use an anthropological approach to study how anthropologists in a selected labour market sector in a Nordic country practice their academic skills and knowledge in their workplaces. Proposals may address one or several workplaces, they may engage collaborative methods, and must aim to contribute to a general understanding of the character of anthropological skill and knowledge when practised beyond academia. We especially invite projects that examine the particular circumstances and opportunities in the Nordic area, but also relate insights to global developments and trends in the discipline and profession of anthropology.

Job assignments

The purpose of undertaking doctoral studies is to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting independent research within the field of Social Anthropology. The doctoral studies comprise one year of coursework and three years of research, culminating in the production of a dissertation that makes a significant and original contribution to the research field. The knowledge and skills that are acquired during the studies should be applicable to postdoctoral research or other professional work. The position is salaried and covers four years (full-time equivalent, fixed term), beginning in August 2023. The doctoral candidate may undertake departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time position, in which case the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly. There are no tuition fees. The candidate is expected to work in Gothenburg (except during fieldwork) and to, during the first year, complete PhD courses as well as develop the research project.

The candidate must be fluent in a Scandinavian language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish).

Eligibility

Applicants must fulfil both general and specific entry requirements.

An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they have obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

  1. a degree at the second-cycle level,
  2. at least 240 Higher Education Credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
  3. largely equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad.

An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if they have completed (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40) at least 90 university credits in social or cultural anthropology or a closely related field. 

Assessment

Applicants will be assessed based on the general and specific eligibility requirements and their estimated ability to benefit from the study programme. The assessment places particular focus on:

  1. A research proposal (max 2,000 words plus references) focusing on the theme described above, that outlines the applicant's research interests and the planned focus of his/her doctoral thesis. The research plan will be assessed for the applicant’s ability to formulate a research problem in relation to earlier research, and his/her familiarity with and handling of methodological and theoretical issues. The application shall include an ethnographic contextualization, aim and research questions, analytical framework, methods and ethical considerations.
  2. A Master's thesis, academic papers and/or other relevant works. These will be used to assess the applicant’s ability to formulate and delimit research tasks and analyse and present research results.
  3. A CV summarizing relevant work experience, language proficiency and other skills.
  4. Grades achieved in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
  5. Interviews will be held with shortlisted applicants.

The applicant’s skills, experience, creativity and excellence in research are also assessed on the basis of the points above.

Decisions on the shortlist will be made latest in April and final decisions in May 2023.

The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at the third-cycle level. This decision cannot be appealed.

For further information regardin the position

Senior Lecturer Steffen Jöhncke, steffen.johncke@gu.se, 031-7864940

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/unionrepresentatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system.

The application must include:

  • A proposal/introduction letter of maximum 2,000 words.
  • A Master’s thesis and/or any other relevant papers or publications. Submitted texts must be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.
  • A CV.
  • Copies of diplomas and/or academic transcripts verifying that the general and specific entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.

Reference letters can be submitted by the applicant, but are not mandatory.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete. No changes or additions are allowed after the final submission date.

For questions regarding the handling of the application portal or technical problems, please contact rekrytering@gu.se

Closing date: 15 of February 2023

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