Top researcher were denied jobs at Chalmers because he was a man - took his life


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A male highly qualified academic at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg was repeatedly denied various professorships. According to a colleague of the man, who is himself a professor, the university management preferred to quota women instead. In the end, the man chose to take his own life. - I saw how he was placed second every time a woman came in, the professor tells Fria Tider.

Men, men, men. For millennia, subjects such as science, technology and engineering have been dominated by men. This is something that the management of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg is tired of. According to an internal draft of a new "personnel policy", which Fria Tider has read, the university will in the future even more actively sort men out of the application process in connection with new hires. "In order to achieve a better balance between men and women, positive discrimination can be applied when appointing all positions at Chalmers," the draft states. Nothing new That those who are considered to have the wrong gender are sorted out in the recruitment process is nothing new. This is what a professor at Chalmers, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells Fria Tider.

According to him, gender equality work gained momentum during the 1990s and has escalated since then. - This with gender equality where it has been pursued with quota equality is not a new invention. It has been with us for quite some time. It has been seen that we have almost only men, and that we must have women here. It has been going on for a very long time, says the professor. But the situation is now said to be so extreme that it is practically impossible for a man to get a job as a professor at Chalmers if a woman applies for the same position. - Now it is more or less forced that we are not allowed to move on unless a woman is applying for the position, he says. - If you are a good man and a woman comes in, then you basically have a completely insurmountable obstacle in front of you. It's not possible.

The professor says that Chalmers sometimes makes an exceptional effort to hire female professors. At one point, a female academic from abroad applied for a professorship. - She applied and of course she was offered the job, he says. But the woman was not satisfied with just one professorship. She also demanded that Chalmers arrange a job for her husband. When the situation did not resolve itself, she finally turned down the professorship. The colleague was denied professorship The professor became interested in the issue of gender equality after a colleague of his was hit hard by Chalmers' quota ambitions. - I knew him since the early 80's. He was extremely capable and wanted a professorship and fought very hard to get it. He wrote scientific articles and did everything in the academic merit to get there, he says. He describes his colleague as very driven and goal-oriented. - Have you been in contact with any real aspirant who really wants to move forward? he asks rhetorically when the colleague is described.

On several occasions, the colleague applied for professorships at Chalmers as well as other universities. At one point, the position was "almost" complete, when a woman came in instead who received the position, the professor says. - I saw his skills and the women who came in, he says and states: - In my opinion as an external assessor, he was much more deserving than the women. SEE ALSO: Internal document: "Equality and diversity" will be a requirement for Chalmers employees Took his life According to the professor Fria Tider speaks with, it was very psychologically stressful for the colleague to be constantly sorted out because of his gender. - I was a colleague of his, saw his incredible career desire and how he was placed second every time a woman came in, he says. Finally one day the colleague came to work and was then "extremely harmonious and happy". And so the next day we learned that he took his life.

It is probably the case that when a suicidal person decides, they are satisfied with themselves, the professor states. He is convinced that Chalmers' active discrimination against men contributed to his colleague, who left behind his wife and children, taking his own life. As far as I know, it was a strong contributing factor to him taking his life, he says but states at the same time: If someone takes their life, it is very difficult to know why man took his life. It is difficult to prove such. Should focus more on merits The Chalmers professor emphasizes that he does not mind female professors, on the contrary, but that the same demands should be made on them as on men. I think it is merits, not genitals, that should decide who should get a job. Today, if you have the right gender, you get the job, he says. He also says that the ever-increasing focus on quoting women in order to achieve "a better balance between men and women" means that core activities