Postdoctoral Researcher
Geneva Graduate Institute
Geneva, Switzerland
vor 4 Tg.
source : Euraxess

PERIOD OF CONTRACT : Fixed-term contract (5 years) ACTIVITY RATE : 100 % (negotiable)

Expected start date : from 01.03.2023 to 01.01.2028 (to be agreed)

General Description of the PositionPostdoctoral

position as part of the SNSF-funded Race and Sexual and Reproductive Health charities in postwar Britain from a transnational perspective (1960s-2020) Eccellenza Project, under the leadership of Prof.

Caroline Rusterholz (Department of International History and Politics). The researcher will be affiliated to the Gender Centre at IHEID.

General description of the project

Race& SRH pioneers a new socio-history of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in postwar Britain that takes race as a lens of analysis.

It examines the racialisation of SRH in Britain, examining how SRH charities, have problematised the SRH needs of minoritised individuals and the extent to which SHR activism has contributed to denouncing the racialisation of SRH.

The proposed project offers a new history that will show how SRH was central to the making of postcolonial Britain, and also further our understanding of the way racial inequities in SRH emerged and have been sustained over time.

  • The project will develop three levels of analysis : the macro level, where international and national SRH policies are made;
  • the meso level, where these laws and policies are translated into norms by SRH workers and activists; and the micro level, which centres on individuals experiences and the constraints and opportunities they face in navigating SRH services.

    The novelty of this project lies in its sustained focus on the experience of individuals from minoritised communities, not only as objects of SRH policies but as agents of change.

    A key strand of the project is the creation of an oral history collection of minoritized individuals’ experiences with Sexual and Reproductive Health charities.

    The postdoc will conduct interview with minoritized clients who visited sexual and reproductive health charities between 1960-2020.

    The Role of the Postdoctoral Researcher :

  • Conducting oral history interviews with minoritized clients of SRH charities in Britain
  • Developing and implementing a research project as part of strand 3 of the project under the guidance of Prof. Caroline Rusterholz and in partnership with the other team members.
  • If they wish, the recruited person will be encouraged to develop this work into a monograph project

  • Scientific publications
  • Presenting the research findings at conferences in Switzerland and abroad.
  • Co-organising international conferences.
  • Regularly participating in the collective activities of the project.
  • Developing partnerships internationally as well as with
  • Co-organising an exhibition
  • This vacancy does not involve any teaching position; however, the recruited person will have the possibility to occasionally participate in class sessions
  • Profile soughtEssential :

  • A PhD degree completed or near completion (or equivalent degree) in humanities.
  • Strong practical experience of conducting oral-history interviews with vulnerable communities
  • Be familiar with methods, models and frameworks relevant to sexual-health research
  • Have experience in using an intersectional approach
  • Oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Desirable :

  • Strong background in critical race theory or in reproductive justice.
  • Further assets :

  • Additional language skills such as French or German
  • Advantages :

  • Research budget allowing short or extended research trips and academic training programs.
  • Possibility of applying for FNS’s complementary measures under certain eligibility conditions (Flexibility Grant, mobility, subside égalité ).
  • An exciting and multicultural work environment at IHEID, with a dynamic team and a project embedded in a wide array of international collaborations.
  • Please send an application file containing :

  • A motivation letter.
  • A detailed CV with a list of publications, if applicable.
  • A copy of a published article / chapter or thesis chapter.
  • A copy of your university degree certificates, alongside a copy of the official transcripts.
  • The name and contact details of 2 references.
  • We kindly ask you to submit your application file either in Word or in PDF format, in English, or French.Experiences outside of the academic world will also be valued in the assessment of applications, and gaps in the CV due to family or health conditions will be taken into account.

  • Members of minoritized groups in academia are strongly encouraged to apply. For any administrative questions on this position, please reach out to;
  • for any queries regarding the project and the scientific profile of this position. Weare an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.

    We do not discriminate on the basis of age, marital status, disability status, race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

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