Postdoctoral fellow for SDU Climate Cluster Elite Center Mobilizing Post-Anthropocentric Climate Action: A New Root Narrative (PACA)

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University of Southern Denmark

The Department of Business & Management (DBM) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship within the newly established elite center PACA under the supervision of Patricia Wolf, Søren Askegaard and Bryan Yazell. The position is located at SDU’s Campus in Odense and is vacant from 1st October or soon thereafter. 

Job description

The applicant is expected to hold a PhD degree relevant to the topics of the fellowship.

PhD candidates about to complete will also be considered and should attach a statement from their supervisors regarding their impending completion.

The Post Doc will work in the SDU Climate Elite Centre project “Mobilizing Post-Anthropocentric Climate Action: A New Root Narrative” (PACA). PACA seeks to map post-anthropocentric social theories that challenge the nature-culture divide and investigate traces of these theories in the population. It assesses the extent to which such practices and beliefs can provide a positive narrative for a new organization of production and consumption practices and, finally, the role of universities as mediators of the emergent post-anthropocentrism. This project has the ambition to develop into an international hub for research in post-anthropocentric consumption and production systems as foundational for a sustainable economy.

The Post Doc will focus on unpacking post-anthropocentric theory to conceptualize a post-anthropocentric ontology in social movements, communities, and industries. PACA is based on the hypothesis that a conceptual shift in Social Sciences towards a post-anthropocentric narrative(s) can provide the imaginative basis for a different economy with different modes of production and consumption and to mobilize what has been termed the emergent ecological class (Latour and Schultz 2022).

The Post Doc will collaborate with two PhDs in empirical studies researching

  • the terrain and post-anthropocentric narrative(s) of dominant actors in the consumption and production-related social movements, communities, and industries as well as
  • systemic intermediary strategies for universities to promote an effective post-anthropocentric narrative in society.

While both of these elements are central to the project, the focus of this Post Doc position is on the post-anthropocentric narratives and alternative economic production/consumption models.

For further information, please contact professor Søren Askegaard [email protected] , professor wsr Patricia Wolf [email protected] , or associate professor Bryan Yazell [email protected] .

How to apply for this position

Appointment to the position requires a PhD or equivalent and will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

For more information on the department guidelines for qualification and recruitment please visit our web.

Upgrading of pedagogical qualifications is not a part of this position. Employment as Postdoc alone will thus not qualify to appointment as Associate Professor/Senior Researcher.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree). If the PhD hasn’t been completed, please attach a statement from your supervisors regarding your impending completion
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to 5 of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication. If your publications have been co-authored, please briefly describe the extent of the co-authorship or your contribution to the individual joint publication. You can do so by using this form or you can describe the co-authorship in such a way that the committee can assess the extent of your contribution. 
  • A description (3 – 5 pages of 2400 characters each, including spaces, notes, appendices, bibliography, etc.) of the applicant’s envisioned role and contribution to the PACA project. This description should also indicate how to earlier work by the applicant relates to PACA’s research goals and explain the motivation for applying for this Post Doc position.

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Assessment of applications will be done under existing Appointment Order for universities.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. The appointments committee will manage and complete the job interviews, should such be conducted.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements may be rejected without any substantive evaluation.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

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