04/11/2011 11:36 | Ester Ehnsmyr

Transgressing boundaries – being a gender and physics researcher

2011-09-15
Helene Götschel, visiting researcher at the Centre for Gender Research, started her career in the discipline of physics, did her PhD in social history, teaches in natural sciences, and conducts research in gender studies.

Transgressing both organizational and knowledge boundaries has helped her develop terrific networking skills, but it also means being vulnerable in the job market.

- I’ve been working with gender and physics for a very long time but when I applied for the position as guest researcher within the field of gender and physics at the Centre, it was the first time ever I've seen an actual paid position as researcher in that area. Here in Uppsala, interdisciplinarity is valued, which is a big difference comparing to the very discipline-oriented system in German universities, she says.

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