Postdoc in Gender Studies with a focus on critical data studies

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We are now looking to appoint a postdoc in Gender Studies with a focus on critical data studies.

Work assignments

This position is part of the project “Social Complexity and Fairness in Synthetic Medical Data”, which is funded by the research program WASP-HS. The postdoc project will engage a critical perspective on synthetic data, with a theoretical base in feminist technoscience studies, critical studies of AI, data, design, algorithms, and data processing. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with The Bodies Hub at Tema Genus and The Digital STS Hub at Chalmers University.

As postdoc, you will principally carry out research. A certain amount of teaching may be part of your duties, up to a maximum of 20% of working hours.

The workplaceYou will be employed at the Division of gender studies (Tema Genus). Tema Genus is a creative and dynamic division 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, and an international Master’s programme in Gender Studies – Intersectionality and Change (with single subject courses at the MA as well as BA levels).


To be qualified to take employment as postdoc, you must have been awarded a doctoral degree or have a foreign degree that is deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree.  This degree must have been awarded at the latest by the point at which LiU makes its decision to employ you.

It is considered advantageous if your doctoral degree is no older than three years at application deadline for this job. If there are special reasons for having an older doctoral degree – such as taking statutory leave – then these may be taken into consideration.

We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in, for example, computer science, machine learning, statistics, science & technology studies (STS) or a similar area. We also want the candidate to have an interest in gender studies, feminist technoscience, and/or design. We would like the candidate to have experience of interdisciplinary work between research groups in the humanities and social sciences and research groups in technology and/or the natural sciences.

Documented proof of scientific competence in one or several of the following areas is a requirement:

  • Computer science
  • Machine learning
  • Science & technology studies (STS)
  • Statistics

Documented proof of scientific competence in Gender studies is a particular merit.

Documented proof of scientific competence in one or several of the following areas is a merit:

  • Critical algorithm studies
  • Critical data studies
  • Critical design studies
  • Digital humanities
  • Feminist technoscience studies
  • Library and information sciences
  • Qualitative methods

The position requires a high level of English language proficiency. The successful applicant is expected to acquire Swedish language proficiency within two years of employment.

The position includes research and teaching within the area of the employment, in collaboration with colleagues at the division, as well as dissemination of research findings. The successful applicant is expected to show good collaboration skills and be a creative and constructive colleague in an interdisciplinary research environment.

About this job

This post is a temporary contract of two years with the possibility of extension up to a total maximum of three years. The position as a postdoc is full-time.

Starting date

September 1st 2023 or upon agreement.

Salary and employment benefits

Salaries at the university are set individually. State your desired salary in the application.

More information about employee benefits is available here.

Trade union representatives

Information about trade union contacts can be found here.

Application procedure

Apply for this position by clicking on the button labelled “Apply” below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than 15 February 2023.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The application shall contain a research plan that describes a possible research project within areas relevant to the position, e.g., around the following points: What questions are relevant to ask and why? Which theoretical approaches could inspire your work? What material would be possible to study?

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives – diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody’s equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities. 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 vendors of job advertisements.

Contact persons

Alma Persson, Head of Division, +46 13 28 66 68,
Camilla Junström Hammar, HR manager, + 46 13 28 21 20,
Ericka Johnson, Professor, +46 13 28 44 54,