Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Technical University of Denmark - 20 Fellowships under the international HC Ørsted Postdoc COFUND Programme

Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites highly talented young researchers who have obtained outstanding results during their PhD studies and demonstrated excellence and potential in their field of study, to apply for one of the 20 fellowships under the international HC Ørsted Postdoc COFUND Programme, cofunded by Marie Curie Actions. The programme, is named after Hans Christian Ørsted, discoverer of electromagnetism and founder of the university. 

Applications should be based on the details of the full call text, which can be downloaded at www.dtu.dk/COFUNDpostdoc.
Applications must be submitted via DTU’s online submission form at www.career.dtu.dk. To apply, please click the link “apply online”, fill in the online application form and attach your application.

Applications received by other means will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted as one compiled PDF and should contain all the requested annexes in the following order:
Annex #2 CV and list of publications*
Annex #3 Ethics issues table*
Annex #4 PhD documentation (or declaration from supervisor)
Annex #5 Letters of recommendation (from graduating university and latest employer) **
* Use templates available for download at www.dtu.dk/COFUNDpostdoc
** It is possible for the graduating university and latest employer to send the letters of recommendations in confidence directly to the secretariat.

DTU recommends that the research plan is developed in close cooperation with the hosting research department and professor. The research plan should be formulated to be comprehensible to professors and researchers without expertise in the specialist field in question.

Applicants can apply for an individual postdoctoral fellowship of up to 24 months. At the time of deadline, the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline. The applicant must be an Experienced Researcher, i.e. must have obtained a PhD degree, or be very close to graduating (PhD degree must be obtained by the time of employment).

Application deadline is Monday 23 February 2015 (midnight, CET)

For more information about the programme please visit www.dtu.dk/COFUNDpostdoc or contact the secretariat at oerstedpostdoc@adm.dtu.dk.

DTU welcomes applications from all interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Current Sociology: International Perspectives on Femicide

Special Issue Editors

(alphabetical order)

Santiago Boira, UNIVERSIDAD de ZARAGOZA, (Spain), sboira@unizar.es
Consuelo Corradi, LIBERA UNIVERSITÀ MARIA SS. ASSUNTA, (Italy), corradi@lumsa.it,
Chaime Marcuello-Servós, UNIVERSIDAD de ZARAGOZA, (Spain), chaime@unizar.es
Shalva Weil, HEBREW UNIVERSITY, (Israel), Shalva.weil@mail.huji.ac.il

Femicide is a scourge of humanity and a social problem which is still awaiting solutions. The term Femicide is a “neologism”, used by Diane Russell in 1976 in the first International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women in Brussels and then quickly disseminated among feminists and sociologists working in the field of violence. There are different approaches to this phenomenon. Femicide is the voluntary homicide of a woman, because she is a woman. However, femicide is intrinsically different from homicide. It is more than a way of naming the facts, it includes a cultural change and political agenda.

In 2013, the Vienna Declaration on Femicide in the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, proposed “that femicide is the killing of women and girls because of their gender, which can take the form of, inter alia: (1) the murder of women as a result of intimate partner violence; (2) the torture and misogynist slaying of women (3) killing of women and girls in the name of “honour”; (5) targeted killing of women and girls in the context of armed conflict; (5) dowry-related killings of women; (6) killing of women and girls because of their sexual orientation and gender identity; (7) the killing of aboriginal and indigenous women and girls because of their gender; (8) female infanticide and gender-based sex selection foeticide; (9) genital mutilation related deaths; (10) accusations of witchcraft; and (11) other femicides connected with gangs, organized crime, drug dealers, human trafficking and the proliferation of small arms”.

The social context, motivations, characteristics of the perpetrator, and victim-perpetrator relationship which define the killing of a woman differentiate them from those which define the killing of a man. The Academic Council of the United Nations System has described femicide as a global issue which demands urgent public action. A great share of femicide, ranging worldwide from 45% to 65% of total female victims, is the result of intimate partner violence. Global prevalence studies show that the proportion of murdered women who are killed by a partner is six times higher than the proportion of murdered men by the same type of perpetrator.

This Special Issue aims at assessing state-of-the-art research on this contested topic, by looking at the different levels in which research can improve knowledge and action. The Special Issue seeks to bring together different theoretical perspectives explaining lethal violence against women, and especially to throw light on the theoretical underpinnings claryfying what femicide is and what is the relationship with relevant social phenomena such as poverty, margination, gender inequality and more. Country studies i.e. interpretations of available data and policies linking theory, research and action, are encouraged.

Submission deadline: end of March 2015

Full papers should be sent to the Guest Editors by email, following the Current Sociology Guidelines [see at: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/msg/csi.htm ]

Master of Science Programme, Social Studies of Gender at Lund University

The Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender at the Lund University is an interdisciplinary social science master's programme which aims to provide students with the core elements through which current feminist theories, in dialogue with established academic disciplines, have contributed to the understanding of broader social processes. The major objective of the programme is to improve the student’s ability to critically examine, evaluate and discuss the field’s most important theoretical perspectives and research results. With these skills students will be able to formulate and analyse interconnections between theory and practice concerning gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality.

The major aim of the programme is to encourage students to develop their ability to critically examine, evaluate and discuss the field’s most important theoretical perspectives and to be able to formulate and analyse the interconnection between theory and practice in issues related to gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality.

The Social Studies of Gender Programme is given jointly by feminist / gender scholars from the Departments of Gender Studies, Development Studies, Education, Political Science, Social Anthropology, Sociology, Pedagogy, Sociology of Law and the School of Social Work at Lund University. The program provides the opportunity for internships and international exchange semester.

 Application deadline is January 15, 2015 for the study period 28/08/2015 - 09/06/2017.

Göttingen Centre for Gender Studies - Fellowship Programme 2015

The Göttingen Centre for Gender Studies (GCG) is an interdisciplinary academic institution that aims to promote research activities in the area of Gender/Queer Studies at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. It collaborates with different gender networks such as LAGEN (Gender Research in Lower Saxony), the German Gender Studies Association (Fachgesellschaft Geschlechterstudien) and the international network ATGender.

The GCG-Fellowship-Programme starts from summer semester 2015 onwards.

Target Group for GCG-Fellowships 

The GCG welcomes innovative junior and distinguished senior researchers, after PhD (in exceptional cases: end of PhD stage) from Gender/Queer Studies, or related fields with clear link to gender research, national as well as international.

Type of Fellowship-Programme 

The GCG-Fellowship is a non-stipendiary fellowship. In order to encourage the interdisciplinary exchange the fellows are invited to meet members of the GCG, join the events (co-)organized by the GCG, and are expected to present a paper resp. give a talk at least once during their stay.

Length of stay Minimum 1 month - maximum 12 months.


Applicants need to identify 1 or 2 possible hosts (members of the GCG) that will provide the visiting scholar with working space, access to internet, access to facilities. In cases, the applicant has not yet identified an interested host, GCG is willing to serve as mediator.


Cover letter

CV (including information on professional background, list of publication, certificates)

1-2 page letter indicating the research project during the fellowship period, and preferred start and end dates

Letter of the host from GCG

Please note that we only accept digital applications (PDF file, max. 2 MB).

Deadline Deadline for application is: February 28, 2015.

Please send your digital application to: Dr. Jana Husmann E-Mail: jana.husmann@zentr.uni-goettingen.de

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center - 2015/2016 Call for Applications

Five College Women’s Studies Research Center
2015-2016 Research Associate Program Call for Applications
The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center announces a call for applications and nominations for three categories of Associateships in 2015-2016 

(DEADLINE: March 1, 2015)

Located in an area with one of the largest concentration of scholars dedicated to feminist scholarship and teaching in the world, the Center encourages engaged, critical feminist scholarship from diverse perspectives. During the period of appointment, all Associates are expected to be in residence in the Five College area, to attend weekly seminars, lead one public colloquium, and to collaborate with colleagues based at one or more of the Five College institutions. While at the Center, Associates are provided with an office at the Center and have access to Five College archival and other library resources. This is a non-stipendiary residency. Travel, housing and living expenses are the responsibility of the Associate.

We welcome applications from colleagues worldwide for 2015-2016 Associateships in one of three categories:

Research Associateship: Colleagues with faculty status at institutions of higher learning are invited to apply.

Graduate Associateship in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Graduate students at the dissertation stage of their PhD are invited to apply.

Alumnae Associateship: In the spirit of long-term collaboration between Research Associates and Five College Faculty, this Associateship is awarded to alumnae of the FCWSRC who propose 1) a joint research or teaching project with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges to be initiated in 2015-2016 or 2) the continuation of an established research or teaching project in 2015-2016 with one or more colleagues located in the Five Colleges.

Applicants should complete our online application at http://apply.interfolio.com/27517 which will also require a project proposal (up to three pages in length), curriculum vitae, and contact information for two professional references. Project proposals should include 1) statement about the contribution to and significance of the project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies, 2) a detailed description of the project or dissertation and timeline, 3) a statement about the contribution and significance of your project or dissertation for research and teaching in women and gender studies and 4) how a stay in the Five Colleges will advance the project or dissertation. Alumnae Associates will be asked to provide the name(s) of their faculty partner(s) in the Five Colleges.

For more information, visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc or email fcwsrc@fivecolleges.edu. Applicants may also contact Darcy Buerkle, Center Director, at dbuerkle@smith.edu

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

GENIS LAB - Final Conference

On December 12th, 2014 the FINAL CONFERENCE of GENIS LAB (The Gender in Science and Technology LAB) will take place in Dresden, NH Hotel Dresden-Altmarkt from 9 am to 4 pm.

The consortium of Genis Lab involves both scientific partners and partners with expertise in gender mainstreaming tools.

The Consortium is spread around Europe in order to represent different contexts and promote a common idea of gender mainstreaming in science created through networking and a comparative and collaborative approach.

The Final Conference will focus on the GENIS LAB Experience, with a group of selected lecturers who are experts in their field. They would like to give you a lot of very interesting and up-to-date information on gender aspects.

For more information please visit genislab-fp7.eu

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Data on Diversity: review article

Originally posted in Communications of the ACM.

"People working together can achieve more than they can alone; this is a fundamental principle upon which organizations are founded. Social scientists have shown that teams and organizations whose members are heterogeneous in meaningful ways, for example, in skill set, education, work experiences, perspectives on a problem, cultural orientation, and so forth, have a higher potential for innovation than teams whose members are homogeneous. These findings are not without controversy, yet the implications for the computing industry are profound, given the relative homogeneity of the field along a few important dimensions. Take, for example, the composition of degrees awarded in computer science, computer engineering, and informatics in 2012 at research institutions in the U.S.

• 13.3% of BS degrees, 28.7% of MS degrees, and 19.2% of Ph.D.'s were awarded to female candidates, down from a high of 37% of BS degrees in computer science in 1986.

• 5.3% of BS degrees were awarded to African American candidates, as were 2.7% of MS degrees, and 2% of Ph.D.’s. Among computing professionals, about 20% of CS faculty in U.S. universities are women, and 1.6% are African American.50 Similar numbers exist in industry.

Diversity, bias, and stereotypes have traditionally been discussed in very relativistic terms: surveys of whether people thought there was bias, and so on. In recent years, imaginative researchers have developed ways to gather quantitative data about the benefits of, as well as the challenges to, having a diverse workforce. This article explores the benefits that diversity can bring to teams, and the cognitive factors—namely, stereotypes based on social group membership—that keep us from achieving optimal levels of diversity."

Monday, October 13, 2014

EPWS President honoured with Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Bildnachweis: Bundesregierung/ Sebastian Bolesch

EPWS President Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch has been honoured with the Order of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany in acknowledgement of her pioneering work in the promotion of women in science at national as well as European level. She received the Order of Merit by the German Federal President Joachim Gauck himself in Berlin on 6 October 2014 on the occasion of the Day of German Unity.

Brigitte Mühlenbruch worked as a scientist at the University of Bonn for almost 20 years before becoming the University’s first Equal Opportunities Commissioner 1988-2000. Since the late 1980’s her research and concept development have focused on gender equality, gender mainstreaming, and programmes and processes regarding the recruitment and retention of female scientists in Germany as well as at the EU level. She was founder and long-term spokeswomen of the Federal Conference of Gender Equality Officers in Higher Education in Germany (BuKoF) 1992-1999 and co-founder and Vice President of the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation.

Brigitte Mühlenbruch initiated the Center of Excellence Women and Science CEWS in Bonn and was its Managing Director 2000-2005, managing several research projects funded by the German government and the EU in the field of gender equality in science. Under her leadership, CEWS drafted the winning proposal for the establishment of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS in Brussels and signed the contract with the European Commission in 2005. In her different capacities, Brigitte Mühlenbruch is member and scientific advisor of several high profile national and European scientific committees, commissions and expert groups.

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation. The Order of Merit may be awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for all kinds of outstanding services to the nation in the field of social, charitable or philanthropic work. No pecuniary reward is attached.

More information: http://www.bundespraesident.de/SharedDocs/Berichte/DE/Joachim-Gauck/2014/10/141006-Verdienstorden-Tag-der-deutschen-Einheit.html?nn=1892262

Direct contact: Dr. Brigitte Mühlenbruch brigitte.muehlenbruch@epws.org 

Author: Maren A. Jochimsen

The full text of the EPWS press release can be downloaded here

HerStories: Wisdom and Encouragement from Women in Physics

Following the 2014 International Conference on Women in Physics, a video has been produced of the inspiring stories of some of the 210 delegates who came from 51 countries world-wide.

The ICWIP proudly presenst the video production HerStories: Wisdom and Encouragement from Women in Physics.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Open Public Consultation on the potential priorities for the Horizon 2020

The European Commission has launched an open public consultation on the potential priorities for the Horizon 2020 'Science with and for Society' work programme of Horizon 2020 covering the period 2016-2017.

"The aim of this consultation is to obtain views and contributions from a broad constituency on the potential priorities for the 'Science with and For Society' work programme part covering the period 2016-2017. These contributions will complement the opinion provided by an External Advisory Group of high level experts set up by the Commission according to article 12 of Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 establishing Horizon 2020. 

The present consultation is structured around a set of questions, which take into account the policy thrust and general framework set by Europe 2020, Innovation Union and the European Research Area, and builds upon the Science with and for Society part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015."

Rosalind Franklin Fellowships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Groningen

"The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Groningen harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials to engineering, from pharmacy to ecology, and from computer science to astronomy. Our researchers pursue fundamental key questions while collaborating with partners from industry, the medical world and other realms of society. Frontline research groups explore new fields such as synthetic biology and sustainable energy use."

The University of Groningen initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme to promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution. The ambitious programme has been running at the Groningen Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences since 2002 and at the University as a whole since 2007.

The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is aimed at women in industry, academia or research institutes who have a PhD and would like a career as full professor in a European top research university. The Fellowship is only awarded to outstanding researchers. Successful candidates will be expected to establish an independent, largely externally funded research programme in collaboration with colleagues at our Faculty and elsewhere.

They will also be expected to participate in and contribute to the development of the teaching programme of their discipline. The University of Groningen has 30 tenure track positions available in this programme, currently cofunded by the European Union.
We invite ambitious female academics to apply for these positions

Please note: recruitment for the current round starts on 1 October 2014 and ends on 1 December 2014. For questions on the fellowship programme or research at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, please send an email to Dr L.J.A. van Putten. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

New pan-European pension fund to boost researcher mobility

"Mobility of researchers in Europe received a boost today with the launch of a consortium that aims to establish a new pan-European pension arrangement. Once put in place, the RESAVER initiative would mean that researchers could move freely without having to worry about preserving their supplementary pension benefits.

The consortium plans to set up the pension arrangement in 2015. It will enable researchers to remain affiliated to the same pension fund, even when changing jobs and moving between different countries. The European Commission will cover the initial set up costs through a four-year framework contract that will be awarded before the end of 2014.

The consortium will be working as an international not-for-profit association registered in Belgium. The founding members are: Central European University Budapest; Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CERIC-ERIC); Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A; Fondazione Edmund Mach; Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia; Technical University of Vienna; and the Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU).

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said: "We have worked hard to boost the free movement of knowledge in Europe. Our €80 billion research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 was built with this in mind. Pensions are a serious barrier to free movement, but today that barrier has begun to crumble. I strongly encourage research organisations across Europe to join the consortium."

By participating in RESAVER, employers will be able to sponsor one single pension arrangement. It will be a highly flexible retirement savings product that corresponds to the specific needs of the research community, and is capable of delivering:
  • cross-border pooling of pension plans;
  • continuity of the accumulation of pension benefits as professionals move between different organisations and countries during their career;
  • lower overhead costs (and therefore improved member benefits) through economies of scale;
  • a pan-European risk pooling solution.

The fund will help get closer to the European Research Area (ERA), a true 'single market for research'. The second ERA Progress Report, published on 16 September 2014 (IP/14/1003), confirmed that researcher mobility has serious benefits. For example, the research impact of researchers who have moved between countries is nearly 20% higher than those who have not. They generate more knowledge, which in turn means bigger benefits to the economy."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Job Posting : Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University

Faculty of Business Oxford Brookes University UK

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (Equality and Diversity)

Starting salary: Lecturer starting salary £33,242, rising annually to £36,309

Senior Lecturer £38,511 rising annually to £47,328 

Closing date: 7 October 2014 

The Department of Business and Management is a key part of the Faculty of Business and has grown considerably in recent years. The expansion of the Department is intended to consolidate and enhance its research standing both nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will join the Department of Business and Management and will contribute to research informed learning and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We are looking for candidates offering a specialism in equality and diversity in the labour market and/or the workplace to make a significant contribution to the research programme of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice. The Centre brings together academic and practitioner expertise to undertake policy related research and develop best practice in the area of equality and diversity in the workplace. It has carried out a sustained programme of externally funded research focusing on gender, age diversity and work-life balance. Applications from candidates with expertise in these areas or other areas of equality and diversity are welcome.

The successful candidate will also be able to teach effectively on a range of academic and professional programmes.

All applicants must be able to provide evidence of a clear research trajectory.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Director Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice on 01865 483843 or by email smanfredi@brookes.ac.uk or Joy Butcher, Programme Lead, 01865482505 or jbutcher@brookes.ac.uk

For further information and to download an application form please see Brookes Vacancies: https://edm.brookes.ac.uk/hr/hr/vacancies.do

The Open University : Inspirational Women in Science (Poster Series & Podcast)

"In the past, the world of science was often seen as somewhat the preserve of men. Luckily in more recent times these perceptions have changed dramatically, with more and more women studying and working in science.

But even before these more enlightened times, women have made a tremendous contribution to the different fields of science (even if they haven't always been credited fully for their work). Some of their amazing work has had a profound effect on how we look at the world today.

To celebrate their outstanding achievements The Open University talked to female scientists currently working in The Faculty of Science. We asked them to share their personal nomination for ‘Outstanding Woman of Science’ and to also share their experiences.  These interviews have been compiled into a ‘Women in Science’ podcast as part of ITunes U.  You can listen to this here and be sure to take a look at the posters we made to commemorate some of the most outstanding and famous female scientists in history."