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Job opening research project 'Making Europe through and for its research infrastrcutures'

Apologies for multiple postings.


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


Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement [1]: §49
VwGr. B1 Grundstufe with relevant work experience determining the
assignment to a particular salary grade.


Applicants should start as soon as possible but not later than 1 May


While the political integration of Europe is widely considered to be in
crisis today (e.g. Brexit), the establishment of transnational
collaboration in scientific research is often seen a continuing success
story. Transnational European research infrastructures may therefore
function as powerful vehicles of integration, which exist in parallel to
- and are often intertwined with - other forms of European integrations.
However, the specific ways in which ideas about the meaning of European
integration and notions of European identity have contributed to the
establishment of such research infrastructures and vice versa, have not
yet been studied in detail. In light of the present tensions around
cross-national European collaboration, this question seems especially
present at this particular historical moment.

This project - an international 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 - therefore aims to analyze the co-production of
European transnational scientific collaboration and European identity in
the context of four transnational research infrastructures (CERN, ESA,
BBMRI, Laserlab Europe). These research infra­structures are distinct in
terms of age (being established between the 1950s and 2000s), form
(including centralized as well as networked facilities), scientific
field (ranging from nuclear research and aerospace engineering to laser
research and biomedicine), and relate to various stages of European
integration efforts.

In the context of this project, the successful applicant will research
the case of the Centre Européen pour la Recherche Nucleaire (CERN) - one
of the oldest and most renowned European research infrastructures, that
has adjusted to changing circumstances throughout its history. For a
doctoral researcher, research on CERN will contribute towards a doctoral
dissertation in Science and Technology Studies at the University of
Vienna (supervisor: Ulrike Felt). We offer the opportunity to work in an
international project team and to conduct comparative analysis of
European scientific integration across the different cases.


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 and/or contribute to case-specific and comparative publications
Contribute to the comparative, cross-cutting research agenda of the
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 basis.


We are looking for a candidate with a completed MA/PhD 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/PhD thesis, a paper)
* Contact details of 1-2 references

Send your application to (, with a copy to before the 25TH OF MARCH. Interviews will be
scheduled before the 5th of April. Please use the subject line
'Application European Research Infrastructures position'.

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


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