The Faculty of Arts (University of Groningen) and the Faculty of Medical Sciences (University Medical Center Groningen) offer a four year PhD position within a joint interdisciplinary project led by Prof. Rina Knoeff (https: // www. rug.nl/staff/h.g.knoeff/) and Prof. Tineke Oldehinkel (https: // www. rug.nl/staff/a.j.oldehinkel/).
The PhD-project connects two formally separated areas of investigation into menopausal complaints: empirical research and interpretation from a historical and cultural perspective. It adds to the recent medicalization of the menopause an analysis of how negative attitudes (i.e. fears of ageing, loss of femininity and disease) towards the menopause, often expressed in the media, are related to how women experience (peri)menopause. In doing so, it builds on recent research suggesting that the experience of menopause is influenced not only by biological factors but also by sociocultural and psychological ones, and hence contributes to a more comprehensive perception of this transition in women's lives. Via the Groningen database Lifelines the project investigates current and—in case of peri- and postmenopausal women—former, premenopausal attitudes towards the menopause in 35+-years-old women. To understand what might have influenced these women's thinking, the project historically researches popular media outlets and feminist writings over the period 1950-2020. This will offer important insights into the cultural roots and societal mechanisms that contribute to how women experience the menopause.
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The PhD student is expected to have the following qualifications:
The employment for this position will be full time for 4 years and will be under the Ph.D. conditions of the collective work agreement (CAO) of Dutch Universities.Organisation Conditions of employment
We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
The preferred starting date is 1 March 2024Application
Your application should include:
Official documents must be in the English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Dutch language. Any translation of originals not in these languages must be authenticated.
You may apply for this position until 8 December 2023, 23:59 pm / before 9 December 2023 Dutch local time. Click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website. Please note that the procedure will include interviews, scheduled to take place in the week of 8 January 2024.
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