So what does that mean, exactly?
1) Gender and physics. The interface between gender research and physics has mostly been restricted to understand "women in science"; conditions, power-relations, mechanisms of exclusion and the like. We encourage applicants to focus on questions about gendered knowledge and materiality.
I'm really not at all sure what the hell this means. My best guess is they want candiates who can ask the tough questions like, "Would a female version of relativity work the same as a male version?" The answer, as it happens, is yes. I'm sure Alan Sokal would be impressed.
2) Gender and animal research. Animal research has traditionally, with some very important exceptions, been viewed as "outside" of gender and feminist concerns. Applicants in this area are welcomed to focus on issues concerning the gendering of animals, and the animaling of gender, in biological and other research.
I was almost with this one until we hit the phrase, "...the animaling of gender..." at which point the wheels came off the wagon. On the other hand, maybe this means that at next year's ASAs the Gender Section will co-host a reception with the Animals & Society folks? We can only hope.
3) Trans-disciplinary feminist didactics. Gender didactics is an undeveloped field, mainly in Sweden but also internationally. At the same time it is pivotal in all gender research to understand how gender is communicated. Hence teaching is the key to transdisciplinary encounters, which is why a national knowledge base in gender didactics is expected to contribute to deepen the planned trans-disciplinary research and theory development. To meet this requirement, we invite a visiting scientist position in feminist didactics who will start the building of such a knowledge base.
This, of course, is just self-evident. Didactics is simply the theory and practical knowledge of teaching. So, basically, this is saying, "We need someone to study how to teach others about gender studies so that we can get others to care about gender studies." Not exactly a brilliant insight, folks. Additionally, in a weird twist, this passage tries so hard to be fancy, it's actually made itself mysterious. There's no understanding of how gender is communicated? To the contrary, there's a shitload of research on how gender knowledge is communicated. On the other hand there is relatively little information on how feminist thought can be communicated effectively, but I'm not convinced it's sensible to establish research positions in that.
Does this mean I hate feminism or gender studies? No. I do hate needlessly obfuscating language, though.
I mean... damn.
* For those outside the academy, a PostDoc is sort of the intermediate position between grad student and faculty.