Postdoctoral position in the Anthropology of Plastics at the Department of Global Studies, Aarhus University

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The Department of Global Studies, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a two-year, fixed-term postdoctoral position in the anthropology of plastics.

The appointment begins on 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.

Research context
We are looking for an intellectually flexible and innovative scholar with a background in medical anthropology, environmental anthropology, public health or a related field, and with experience of conducting qualitative research in India, preferably rural India. Fluency in at least one Indian language is required.

The successful candidate will join the project “Plastics and the Anthropocene: The Bads Associated with the Goods We Consume”, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and led by Associate Professor Gauri Pathak at the Department of Global Studies. The project revolves around an examination of community perceptions of 1) the health and environmental risks and benefits of using plastic food containers and bottles, and 2) the risks, advantages and constraints associated with various methods of disposal of the resulting plastic wastes.

More details about the project can be found at: https://pure.au.dk/portal/en/projects/plastics-and-the-anthropocene-the-bads-associated-with-the-goods-we-consume(54030a8c-35c8-4422-b197-62740022de45).html

The position
The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • develop their research within the general framework of the project, in close cooperation with the research group
  • conduct around six months of ethnographic fieldwork in rural or peri-urban India
  • present their research at international meetings and publish their results in peer-reviewed, international social scientific journals
  • contribute to the organisation of research workshops, international conferences and other such activities, as well as contributing to writing applications for grants
  • initiate and contribute to the writing of a review of available social scientific literature on the harms/risks related to plastic use and disposal in South Asia
  • play a collaborative role in the local research group and participate in the daily working environment at Aarhus University
  • teach at BA and/or MA level (maximum 20%, by agreement)

Teaching
The position will involve some teaching as agreed upon with the head of the department and the project PI.

Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position.

Qualifications
Applicants for this position must be able to document:
  • a PhD in medical/environmental anthropology, medical sociology, medical social work, public health or a related field
  • an interest in toxicity, health–environment systems, or the anthropology of plastics
  • experience of conducting ethnographic fieldwork in India, preferably rural India
  • fluency in at least one Indian language (besides English)
  • an international research profile
  • fluency in written and spoken English, and the willingness to acquaint themselves with Danish if they do not already have the necessary Danish skills.
Ideally, the successful applicant will also be able to document experience of conference or workshop organisation.

Applicants are therefore asked to submit:
  • a research proposal (maximum two pages) which indicates how they will align their research on consumer plastic use and disposal in India with the larger project goals
  • a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position (maximum one page)
  • a maximum of five publications (only publications submitted with the application will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient)
Professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.

The application must be submitted in English.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Gauri Pathak: gauri@cas.au.dk

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail mbb@au.dk.

The work environment
The Department of Global Studies combines language-based area studies of Brazil, China, Japan, India and South Asia and Russia with European and International Studies. The research programme at the department provides a forum for cross-disciplinary research in different regions, and aims to enhance our understanding of global issues in their regional contexts and of interactions between the global and the local. Researchers within the department are involved in a variety of projects spanning the globe, and the focus on perspectives from both the Global North and South ensures a diverse, interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan work environment.
Read more here: https://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/global-studies/

School of Culture and Society
At the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:

- From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
- From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
- From local questions to global challenges

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: https://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.
Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline: 15 September 2021

 

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Postdoctoral position in the Anthropology of Plastics at the Department of Global Studies, Aarhus University

The Department of Global Studies, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a two-year, fixed-term postdoctoral position in the anthropology of plastics.

The appointment begins on 1 February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The university is keen for its staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified applicants regardless of their personal background.

Research context
We are looking for an intellectually flexible and innovative scholar with a background in medical anthropology, environmental anthropology, public health or a related field, and with experience of conducting qualitative research in India, preferably rural India. Fluency in at least one Indian language is required.

The successful candidate will join the project “Plastics and the Anthropocene: The Bads Associated with the Goods We Consume”, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation and led by Associate Professor Gauri Pathak at the Department of Global Studies. The project revolves around an examination of community perceptions of 1) the health and environmental risks and benefits of using plastic food containers and bottles, and 2) the risks, advantages and constraints associated with various methods of disposal of the resulting plastic wastes.

More details about the project can be found at: https://pure.au.dk/portal/en/projects/plastics-and-the-anthropocene-the-bads-associated-with-the-goods-we-consume(54030a8c-35c8-4422-b197-62740022de45).html

The position
The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • develop their research within the general framework of the project, in close cooperation with the research group
  • conduct around six months of ethnographic fieldwork in rural or peri-urban India
  • present their research at international meetings and publish their results in peer-reviewed, international social scientific journals
  • contribute to the organisation of research workshops, international conferences and other such activities, as well as contributing to writing applications for grants
  • initiate and contribute to the writing of a review of available social scientific literature on the harms/risks related to plastic use and disposal in South Asia
  • play a collaborative role in the local research group and participate in the daily working environment at Aarhus University
  • teach at BA and/or MA level (maximum 20%, by agreement)

Teaching
The position will involve some teaching as agreed upon with the head of the department and the project PI.

Knowledge exchange
The successful applicant will be expected to exchange knowledge with various sectors of society and to contribute actively to public debate in areas related to the position.

Qualifications
Applicants for this position must be able to document:
  • a PhD in medical/environmental anthropology, medical sociology, medical social work, public health or a related field
  • an interest in toxicity, health–environment systems, or the anthropology of plastics
  • experience of conducting ethnographic fieldwork in India, preferably rural India
  • fluency in at least one Indian language (besides English)
  • an international research profile
  • fluency in written and spoken English, and the willingness to acquaint themselves with Danish if they do not already have the necessary Danish skills.
Ideally, the successful applicant will also be able to document experience of conference or workshop organisation.

Applicants are therefore asked to submit:
  • a research proposal (maximum two pages) which indicates how they will align their research on consumer plastic use and disposal in India with the larger project goals
  • a concise statement of motivation for applying for the position (maximum one page)
  • a maximum of five publications (only publications submitted with the application will be assessed; a list of publications is not sufficient)
Professional references or recommendations should not be included. Applicants who are selected for an interview may be asked to provide professional references.

The application must be submitted in English.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Gauri Pathak: gauri@cas.au.dk

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, e-mail mbb@au.dk.

The work environment
The Department of Global Studies combines language-based area studies of Brazil, China, Japan, India and South Asia and Russia with European and International Studies. The research programme at the department provides a forum for cross-disciplinary research in different regions, and aims to enhance our understanding of global issues in their regional contexts and of interactions between the global and the local. Researchers within the department are involved in a variety of projects spanning the globe, and the focus on perspectives from both the Global North and South ensures a diverse, interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan work environment.
Read more here: https://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/departments/global-studies/

School of Culture and Society
At the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:

- From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
- From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
- From local questions to global challenges

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

Qualification requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.

Formalities
Faculty of Arts refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities (the Appointment Order).Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here: https://talent.au.dk/junior-researcher-development-programme/

If nothing else is noted, applications must be submitted in English. Application deadline is at 11.59 pm Danish time (same as Central European Time) on the deadline day.Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.
Shortlists may be prepared with the candidates that have been selected for a detailed academic assessment. A committee set up by the head of school is responsible for selecting the most qualified candidates. See this link for further information about shortlisting at the Faculty of Arts: shortlisting

Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is one of five main academic areas at Aarhus University.
The faculty contributes to Aarhus University's research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.
With its 550 academic staff members, 275 PhD students, 9,500 BA and MA students, and 1,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.
The Faculty of Arts consists of the School of Communication and Culture, the School of Culture and Society and the Danish School of Education. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty's academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.

Read more at arts.au.dk/en

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

Deadline: 15 September 2021

 

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