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Intersex – New Interdisciplinary Approaches (INIA)

This prestigious project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No 859869.

Intersex people’s healthcare, social and human rights issues are often overlooked. They continue to face exposure to multiple forms of human rights violations and discrimination, requiring cross-sectoral policy responses in fields including healthcare, education, and the law.

The INIA Consortium aims to develop knowledge that will support the wellbeing and rights of intersex people and those who do not identify as intersex but have some variations of sex characteristics (hereafter: intersex people/people with variations of sex characteristics).

INIA will train a cohort of 10 early stage researchers working collaboratively to develop knowledge that will inform policy making and practice across a range of key sectors. It is being established by the University of Huddersfield, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Dublin City University, the University of Zurich, the Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública / Andalusian School of Public Health and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in collaboration with intersex activists and advocates, clinicians, and other specialists. It will enable 21 organisations from more than 10 countries to work together on issues relating to intersex people / people with variations of sex characteristics, in a unique multidisciplinary and transectoral network. The Consortium includes international experts from a wide range of countries across the globe. The INIA work-package themes are shared across the main partners and the INIA projects, and they include:

  • The life experiences of intersex people/people with variations of sex characteristics
  • Service provision to intersex people/people with variations of sex characteristics and their families
  • The legal aspects of intersex and variation of sex characteristics
  • Critical approaches to social policy and intersex/variations of sex characteristics

The INIA project started on 1 March 2020 and will run for 48 months.

We will be hiring 10 Early Stage Researchers (who will become PhD students) across the whole consortium. We will provide a pioneering multi-disciplinary, multiagency international training environment which will prepare the Early Stage Researchers for future careers in academia, NGOs, policy making, or service provision. Brief details about the PhD projects are available on the PhD project tab. Each Early Stage Researcher will benefit from 2-3 secondments to other countries which will be hosted by NGOs, healthcare providers, and/or Universities.

The research vacancies are still open (until 19 April) and we invite applications. The European Commission is showing support and flexibility about the delivery of this programme, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

You might want to know that successful candidates will receive a sum of euro 600 per month (before tax) addition to the generous salary (see individual projects), and if they have dependent/s (child/ren or legally recognised partner) then there is more money available to them. Also, there is the possibility to apply for extra funds if the successful applicants have disabilities that are recognised by medical authorities.

All interviews for the positions will take place via skype or zoom.

If you are interested in applying please do email Surya Monro (s.monro@hud.ac.uk) for an informal chat if you like.

The Early Stage Researchers will start their posts in September 2020.