The Department for the Study of Culture, University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in contemporary anglophone literature. The postdoc will conduct an individual research project focused on the relationship between global literature in English and contemporary theorizations of gendered work.

In recent years, theorists have frequently described global labour conditions as “feminized”, meaning that the experiences and practices once primarily associated with women workers are becoming the standard for the labour market in general. This postdoc project will explore the contribution that literature can make to an understanding of gender and work today by placing contemporary literary texts from the English-speaking world into dialogue with current theoretical perspectives (such as Social Reproduction Theory, theories of care or feminist anti-work critique). At least some of the literary texts to be discussed in the postdoc project should come from contexts other than the US or UK.

The postdoc will join the research project Feminized: A New Literary History of Women’s Work, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation goal of the research project is to explore how aesthetic and thematic engagements with conventional forms of women’s work in anglophone literature contribute to the understanding of a major trend in contemporary global labour markets: the feminization of work. The Feminized project is based within the larger Uses of Literature group ( an established international and interdisciplinary research environment with a strong track-record in generating innovative research on literature’s social dimensions that is published by leading venues.

Applicants should:

  • outline an individual research plan, including a plan for dissemination
  • have a PhD in literary or cultural studies
  • be able to demonstrate expertise in the study of contemporary literature/culture
  • demonstrate knowledge of relevant theoretical frameworks
  • have the ability to publish with international journals/presses in the field
  • have a high level of academic English. The working language of the project is English.
  • Be interested in collaboration and teamwork. As well as conducting his/her own research project, the postdoc will be expected to contribute to seminars and workshops organized by the project.

Further information is available from the Head of Department Per Krogh Hansen at phone: 65501451, email or Associate Professor Emily Hogg at phone: 65507706, email

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.

Employment as Postdoc is temporary (max. 4 years). Employment stops automatically by the end of the period. An upgrade of pedagogical qualifications is not part of the position. Thus employment as Postdoc cannot stand alone as a qualification for later employment as associate professor/senior researcher.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2019 (the document only exists in Danish).

To qualify for the position you must have completed a PhD-degree by the time of employment. 

An application must include:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file.

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.  We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and 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. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications.   The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment.

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online” and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying. 

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

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

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Deadline 2021-Nov-05

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Humanities by completing the application form


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