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Message posted on 27/11/2018

Job Opening: PhD Position at STS Dept. Vienna University, Project: Making Europe through and for its Research Infrastructures

Dear colleagues,

The Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna
is inviting applications for the position of a

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER (3 years, 30 hours/week)

in the research project ‘Making Europe through and for its Research
Infrastructures’, jointly funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the
German Science Foundation (DFG)

This project – a collaboration between the Department of Science and
Technology Studies (STS) at the University of Vienna and the Munich Center for
Technology in Society (MCTS) at the Technical University Munich aims to
analyze the mutual constitution of European transnational scientific
collaboration and European identity in the context of four transnational
research infrastructures, spanning more than sixty years of integration across
different disciplines.

Collaborative transnational research infrastructures have formed an important
vehicle for European integration since the second half of the twentieth
century, unfolding in parallel to economic and political integration efforts.
Despite being widely considered a success, such scientific inte­gration has
not yet extensively been studied in terms of how it incorporates and
contributes to emerging ‘European’ identities. This project therefore
studies four different research infra­structures that are distinct in terms
of age (being established between the 1950s and 2000s), form (including
centralized as well as networked facilities), and scientific field (ranging
from nuclear research and aerospace engineering to laser research and

In the context of this project, the successful applicant will research the
case of the Centre Européen pour la Recherche Nucleaire (CERN) and work
towards a doctoral dissertation in Science and Technology Studies at the
University of Vienna (supervisor: Ulrike Felt). Further, you will be part of
an international project team working on three further cases, and contribute
to the comparative analysis of European scientific integration across cases.

Job description

The successful applicant is expected to

Perform qualitative research on the history of CERN in relation to notions of
European (scientific) integration and identity
Complete a doctoral dissertation in STS on the basis of project research
Contribute to the comparative, cross-cutting research agenda of the project
Participate in project work, including (organization of) team meetings,
project maintenance, organization of project events, etc.
Participate in the academic environment of the Department on a day-to-day

We are looking for a candidate with a completed MA or equivalent degree in
science and technology studies (STS), political science, history of science,
science policy or associated fields, with a strong interest in and motivation
for the project.

Experience in qualitative research and familiarity with the substance of the
project are an advantage.

Candidates are expected to have excellent ability to work and write in English
and will be required to be based in Vienna for the duration of the project.


Please submit your application, including:

A motivation letter, explaining your interest in and qualifications for, doing
research in this project
Your CV
A writing sample (e.g. a chapter from your MA thesis, a paper)
1 letter of reference
Send your application to ( ,
with a copy to ) as
soon as possible; applications will be considered soon after they are
submitted. Please use the subject line ‘Application FWF-PhD position’.

Specific questions regarding the project or the position may be addressed to
Prof. Ulrike Felt (

Applicants should start as soon as possible but not later than 1 March 2019.

Please circulate and forward to those interested.

Nina Witjes

Dr. Nina Witjes

University Assistant (Postdoc)
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Universität Wien

Universitätsstraße 7/Stiege II, 6. Stock
1010 Wien, Österreich
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