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PhD Position in (Trans) Sexualities and Psychoanalysis, Netherlands

Are you seeking an intellectually stimulating opportunity within a vibrant academic environment? The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) is pleased to announce a vacant PhD position within the Trans-Sexualities project, spearheaded by principal investigators Marija Cetinic and Diego Semerene. ASCA, situated within the Amsterdam Institute for Humanities Research (AIHR), stands as one of the five esteemed Research Schools dedicated to fostering scholarly inquiry and interdisciplinary engagement.

The PhD position aims to explore questions around gender and sexuality, particularly focusing on trans-ness within a psychoanalytic framework. The selected candidate will delve into theories and histories of (trans-)sexualities, (trans-)desire, and psychoanalysis, contributing to interdisciplinary research in cultural analysis.

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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) stands as the largest and one of the most prestigious universities in the Netherlands, boasting a rich history of academic excellence and innovation. Founded in 1632, the UvA has continuously upheld a tradition of intellectual rigor and interdisciplinary collaboration, shaping the landscape of higher education both nationally and internationally. Situated in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, the UvA offers a dynamic and culturally diverse learning environment that inspires creativity, critical thinking, and academic exploration. With over 42,000 students and 6,000 employees, the university serves as a bustling hub of knowledge exchange and scholarly discourse.

Application Deadline: 22 April 2024

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: University of Amsterdam
  • Department: Faculty of Humanities
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Fully-funded position
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in the: Netherlands


  • Eligible Countries: Open to all countries
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded in any subject offered by the University of Amsterdam
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, applicants must meet all the following criteria:
    • Hold a completed Master’s (research) degree in gender studies, media studies, literary and cultural analysis, philosophy, artistic research, psychoanalytic studies, or a related discipline.
    • Demonstrate research skills with an outstanding Master’s thesis and capacity to develop an extended PhD research project.
    • Display a strong cooperative attitude and willingness to engage in collaborative research.
    • Possess enthusiasm for communicating academic research to non-academic audiences.
    • Have an excellent command of the English language.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit the following documents in a single PDF file:

  1. Motivation letter (1000 words) demonstrating alignment with the profile and ability for individual and team research.
  2. Research proposal (1000-1500 words) outlining approach, research objectives, psychoanalytic theory integration, theoretical framing, and methodology.
  3. List of academic sources indicating current knowledge in gender and sexuality studies and chosen methodology.
  4. Full academic CV including education, professional information, conference presentations/publications, grants/honors, language proficiency, and computational skills.
  5. List of Master-level modules taken with official transcript of grades.
  6. Names and contact details of three references, including advisor.
  7. Writing sample (e.g., paper or chapter of Master’s thesis).


  • Temporary employment contract for 48 months.
  • Salary ranging from € 2,770 to € 3,539 gross per month.
  • Tuition fee waiver and access to Graduate School of Humanities courses.
  • Opportunities for professional development and education.
  • Engaging academic and international work environment in Amsterdam.

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