SUSTech: Junior Fellowships (China)

Postdocs10 Postdoctoral Fellowships, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), Shenzhen, China. Deadline: February 15, 2021.

The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) invites applications for Junior Fellowships in the social sciences and humanities. These postdoctoral fellowships aim at fostering the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees by providing a competitive package and membership in an interdisciplinary scholarly community.

The Society will select a cohort of up to ten Junior Fellows for the class of 2021. Those selected will be offered a two-year postdoctoral appointment beginning in September 2021. Fellowships are awarded to recent Ph.D. recipients in the humanities and social sciences who have demonstrated intellectual excellence and the potential for outstanding academic achievement.

Junior Fellows are expected to devote their time to productive scholarship, focusing on publishing their dissertation research, undertaking new research in accordance with their proposed project, and engaging in other original work that will further their academic careers. The Society aims to foster teaching excellence in the humanities and social sciences, and the fellowships carry with them a teaching responsibility of four 2-credit courses over the two-year period, one course per term.

Junior Fellows are required to be in residence during the fall and spring academic terms, and to attend all of the Society’s activities. They are also encouraged to regularly participate in events (such as seminars, workshops, and lectures) organized by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and other departments and programs at the University. Junior Fellows are appointed for two years, and no extensions are granted.

Sciences Po: Postdoc in Migration and Integration in Europe (France)

PostdocsPostdoctoral researcher in migration and integration in the European public space, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris, France. Deadline: 23 December 2020.

The Center for International Research (CERI) is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work on a HERA (Humanities in a European Research Area) Joint Research Programme titled “Negociating Diversity in Expanded European Public Spaces” (PLURISPACE) under the supervision of Prof. Riva Kastoryano, the Project Leader. He or she will be in charge of overlooking CERI’s contribution to the international project’s team. The project started on May 31st, 2019 and the CERI is the lead institution. Partners are the University of Bristol, the University of Oslo, and the University Pompeu Fabra. The PLURISPACE team has delivered already a report on the advancement of the project, a working paper, and started content analysis of official documents on national and local levels.

PHD in Political Science or Sociology expected, as well as fluency in both English and French. The position requires previous scientific production and experience of working on projects devoted to the study of migration, integration, citizenship, identities, recognition in France and Europe, a knowledge of French and European institutions as well as policies with regard to immigration, integration and citizenship.

 

Stellenbosch U: Postdoc in Linguistics & Identity (South Africa)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Fellowship in General Linguistics for the project Politics of the Belly: Language, Food, and Memory in the (Re)Construction of South African Identity, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2021-23. Deadline: 31 December 2020.

The grantholder of the above project, Dr. Marcelyn Oostendorp, invites applications from suitably qualified doctorate graduates for a postdoctoral fellowship valued at R220 000 per annum. The postdoctoral fellowship is based at Stellenbosch University and is available for two (2) years. The fellowship is only available to one individual who has obtained their doctorate degree within the past five (5) years, who has not attained their doctoral degree at Stellenbosch University, and whose degree was in the area of (applied) linguistics, literature, communication/rhetoric, or another language-related discipline.

This project will investigate the construction of identity and memory in discourses on food, and will employ multimodal discourse analysis as the main theoretical framework and analytical tool. The aim of the project is to shed light on how semiotic resources are used to (re)construct memory, identity, and place in our discursive engagements with food.

Applicants must: a) be available to start the fellowship on 1 April 2021; b) be willing to work full time; c) be competent and experienced in discourse/multimodal analysis and/or in experimental methods (such as eye-tracking); d) hold a PhD and must have graduated within the past five (5) years; e) be able to work in a team environment; f) have experience in writing academic articles; and g) be able to articulately communicate academic findings to disseminate results.

Microsoft Research: Social Media Postdoc (USA)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Researcher for July 2021-23, Social Media Collective, Microsoft Research, New England (MSRNE), Cambridge, MA. Deadline: December 1, 2020.

The Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England (MSRNE) is looking for a two-year social media postdoctoral researcher. This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose work draws on communication, media studies, anthropology, sociology, and/or science & technology studies to bring empirical and critical perspectives to bear on complex socio-technical issues.

The Social Media Collective is comprised of full-time researchers, postdocs, visiting faculty, Ph.D. interns, and research assistants. Current projects in New England include:

– How do people build social capital with each other in remote and hybrid work, and how do those processes facilitate or harm inclusion? (Nancy Baym)

– How do social media platforms, through algorithmic design and content policies, serve as custodians of public discourse? (Tarleton Gillespie)

– What are the cultural, political, and ethical implications of on-demand platform economies as new forms and sites of semi-automated, globally-distributed digital labor? (Mary L. Gray)

– how do discourses and designs of ideal social media habits function within apparatuses of platform capitalism? (Niall Docherty)

Brown U: Diversity in Digital Publishing Postdoc (USA)

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Diversity in Digital Publishing Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Digital Scholarship, Brown University, Providence, RI. Deadline: November 15, 2020.

Brown University invites applications for a one-year Diversity in Digital Publishing Postdoctoral Research Associate appointment. As a member of Brown’s Center for Digital Scholarship, based at the University Library, the postdoctoral fellow will work as part of a multi-skilled team of experts to advance a set of public-facing faculty digital publications currently under development as part of the Mellon Foundation-supported Digital Publications Initiative. The fellow will help conceptualize, research, and administer a group of projects that relate directly to the history and experience of oppressed or marginalized peoples, are intended to engage both scholarly audiences and the wider public, and consider the political and cultural concerns of scholarly work that draws on and interprets traumatic pasts. The Diversity in Digital Publishing Postdoctoral Research Associate will also teach one course during the academic year in digital humanities or the fellow’s home discipline (departmental affiliation will be negotiated as appropriate). The fellow may play a role in the planning of a lecture series and other events designed to increase awareness of diverse scholarly voices. Approximately one third of the fellowship period would be devoted to the fellow’s own digital scholarship.

Europa-Universität Flensburg Postdoc (Germany)

PostdocsResearch Associate (PostDoc), Europa-Universität Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany. Deadline: 30 November 2020.

As this job announcement is open to candidates from all disciplines, the position’s institutional affiliation within EUF is currently undefined. The employment start date of 1 March 2021 may be modified if the selected candidate is contractually bound to a specific position.

Within the scope of the advertised position, the selected candidate should develop and submit to the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), for example within the funding lines of the DFG’s Individual Research Grants program, Emmy Noether Program, a funding application for her/his own position and hence for the continuation of her/his research at Europa-Universität Flensburg. Through this start-up funding, EUF aims to promote and support early-stage researchers by giving them access to special qualification and employment opportunities.

This year’s call for proposals targets early-stage scholars with experience in a discipline represented by Europa-Universität Flensburg. The planned research project can be based outside of the university’s existing research centers, or can be connected to these. It is expected to be an innovative project that ties in with the academic profile of the corresponding discipline.

U Basel Postdoc in Social Exclusion/Ostracism (Switzerland)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Researcher, Center for Social Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Deadline: October 15, 2020.

The Center seeks to expand their research team in either of the two following two areas: 1) fluency research; 2) research on social exclusion/ostracism. You will be working in a highly motivated research team that combines experimental work with the use of representative survey data. This is a postdoctoral position for a period of two years with the possibility of extension by four more years. The salary is very attractive and additional resources are available for research and conference travel. Teaching can be in German or English and amounts to three courses per year. International applications are strongly encouraged.

Harvard U: Postdocs in Migration and the Humanities (USA)

PostdocsPostdoctoral Fellowships in connection with the Center’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seminar on the topic of migration and the humanities for 2021-22, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. Deadline: November 6, 2020.

Migration plays as critical a role in the moral imagination of the humanities as it does in shaping the activist vision of humanitarianism and human rights. Too often, the humanities are summoned merely as witnesses whose primary aesthetic and moral values lie in their illustrative powers of empathy and evocation. Yet the intellectual formation of the humanities—their very conception of the nature of meaning, knowledge, and morals—is deeply resonant with the displacement of values and the revision of norms that shape narratives of migrant lives.

MHC welcomes applications from scholars in all fields whose work innovatively engages with migration and the humanities. In addition to pursuing their own research projects, fellows will be core participants in the bi-weekly seminar meetings for both academic terms of the fellowship. Other participants will include faculty and graduate students from Harvard and other universities in the region, and occasional visiting speakers.

 

Lancaster U: Postdoc on Biases in AI (UK)

PostdocsPost-doctoral Research Associate, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. Deadline: 20 August 2020.

BIAS is an interdisciplinary research project funded as part of the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative (UKRI and multiple Canadian Funding Agencies) to improve scientific understanding of gender and ethnic biases in the increasingly digitalised and AI-driven labour market processes of job advertising, hiring and professional networking; and developing insights into how such biases and attendant inequalities may be mitigated. Through collaboration with academics from the disciplines of Organisational Management, Sociology, Computer Science and Data Science, and with industry partners in the area of AI protocol development, these insights will drive the development of a new Responsible AI Development Protocol. The post is advertised for 24 months. The academic partners in the project are Lancaster University (lead institution), Essex University (UK), and Alberta University (Canada). You should have a PhD in a topic related to information systems management, the development of socio-technical systems, labour relations, and/or human resources management.

U Oxford Postdocs: ‘Emptiness’ Project (UK and Eastern Europe)

Postdocs2 Postdoctoral Researchers on the ‘Emptiness’ Project, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. Deadline: 23 September 2020.

University of Oxford is seeking up to two postdoctoral researchers for the European Research Council project “Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy After (Post)Socialism.” The project will study the emptying cities, towns, and villages in Eastern Europe and Russia through the lens of “emptiness” as a concrete historical formation that has emerged in conditions when socialist modernity is gone and promises of capitalist modernity have failed. More specifically, it will: (1) study the experiences and narratives of emptiness and emptying; (2) examine the politics and governance of emptying and emptiness; and (3) use postsocialist “emptying” and “emptiness” as lenses for analysing global reconfigurations of relations between capital, the state, people, and place at a time when capital flows and statecraft are increasingly concentrated in “global cities,” with the rest of urban and non-urban spaces becoming radically disconnected.

If appointed, you will join a research team led by Dr Dace Dzenovska and hosted by the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography and the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, Oxford. You will be responsible for developing and carrying out your own original project in Ukraine, Belarus, or Russia (other locations in the former socialist world may be considered) within the analytical frame of the project. You will undertake collaborative work with other team members, contribute to the refinement of the analytical frame, develop methodology, participate in cross-field visits, and produce outputs in the form of conference presentations, web material, journal articles, and a chapter for an edited volume. You may have the opportunity to teach in the field and/or in Oxford.

You are expected to spend the first 6 months preparing your research component in collaboration with other team members, based in Oxford at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, Banbury Road Oxford (or remotely, if travel is not possible). Fieldwork in whichever country is relevant to your project is set to begin in the summer of 2021. The duration of the fellowship is 3.5 years, starting in January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.