Senior Research Associate (postdoctoral) 80%

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts


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Senior Research Associate (postdoctoral) 80%


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The Lucerne School of Social Work is thinking with the future in mind. Its progressive course concepts enjoy an excellent reputation. Through its teaching, research and development activities and its services, the School provides important impulses for the professional field, thus contributing to a social system that helps society to evolve.

The Institute for Sociocultural Community Development at Lucerne School of Social maps out solutions for complex challenges relating to urban and neighborhood development, public space, intergenerational communal living, and civil society.

From 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2025, we are seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to work in the Horizon Europe project RESIST: Fostering Queer Feminist Intersectional Resistances against Transnational Anti-Gender Politics.

Senior Research Associate (postdoctoral) 80%


Tasks and job requirements

  • The successful applicant will work with Dr. Stefanie Boulila on the final phase of the project.
  • This will include analyzing current academic literature.
  • It will further involve analyzing and theorizing qualitative and quantitative data on anti-gender strategies and mobilizations from parliamentary debates, political publications, and legacy and social media content in four national case studies – Poland, Hungary, UK, and Switzerland, as well as qualitative data from interviews and focus groups and quantitative survey data from eight national case studies - Ireland, Spain, Belarus, France, Switzerland, Poland, Germany and Greece, and one transnational case study.
  • The researcher will work in English as part of a multinational team and will present project results at international conferences and in international publications.

Your profile

  • a PhD in Gender Studies or a cognate field
  • demonstrable expertise in feminist, intersectional and queer theory
  • demonstrable expertise in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and in working with large amounts of data
  • experience of and interest in the themes of RESIST
  • English language proficiency, German language skills advantageous
  • the ability to work self-driven and independently and as a research team member

Our offer to you

  • a temporary employment for two years.
  • the institute of Sociocultural Community Development works on current issues and questions in the areas of urban and neighborhood development, public space, intergenerational communal living, and civil society
  • a research activity in an international research project team
  • exchange with an interdisciplinary team working in research and development project in the institute
  • modern employment and working conditions and an attractive workplace in the immediate vicinity of the railway station and the lake

The successful applicant will work in the final phase of the RESIST project, which addresses the 'anti-gender' politics that imperil equality, gender and sexual diversity in contemporary Europe. These politics represent a serious threat to modern democratic formations and people's everyday survival, bodily integrity, and self-determination. They misrepresent the social order, inverting hierarchies that continue to structure democratic societies, by constructing the nation as under threat from 'imported' and 'destructive' 'gender ideologies'. As they gain ground across and beyond Europe, anti-gender mobilizations seek to narrow the space of feminist resistance and to claw back any hard-fought achievements of gender equality and inclusion of sexual diversity, which makes a reflective and coalitional feminist response ever more urgent.

RESIST responds to this by creating new understandings of the mobilization and effects of anti-gender politics and enhancing their effective contestation in theory and practice. It aims to do so by mapping the mobilization of anti-gender politics across Europe; researching its effects and consequences; learning from and amplifying everyday resistance and counterstrategies, and reinvigorating feminist theories in the face of anti-democratic threats.

The application deadline is June 14, 2023.


Lucerne School of Social Work
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Prof. Peter Stade
Deputy Head of the Institute for Sociocultural Development
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