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Message posted on 18/05/2020

PhD position at NTNU: Epistemic justice and critical infrastructures

Dear all,
We have an interesting PhD position on offer. Please circulate widely!
Best wishes,

PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies (STS)

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at NTNU has a vacancy
for a full-time fully funded 3-year PhD position in science and technology
studies (STS). The PhD candidate (stipendiat) will be part of the research
group on Energy and Environment nested within the department's Centre for
Technology and Society. Close connections will also be maintained with the
department's Centre for Gender Studies.

The position is part of the project Risk in the information society: towards
epistemic justice recently funded by the Research Council of Norway. The PhD
candidate will primarily collaborate with the principal researcher and senior
researcher in the project while also being part of the vibrant research
culture of KULT and the broader NTNU community.

The research project will focus on mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion of
knowledges other than scientific expertise into knowledge-intensive processes.
Critical infrastructures and their design and governance have been selected as
a strategic site to investigate such processes. Special focus will be on
exclusions related to indigeneity as well as gendered knowledge hierarchies.
Theoretically, the work will be rooted in the broader tradition of science and
technology studies. Empirically, the research will be case-study based and
include methods such as interviews, site visits, and participant observation.
It is expected that the empirical work will take place both inside and outside
Norway. The candidate will receive financial support for attending
(international) research and networking activities and events directly
connected with the project.

A more detailed description of the whole project, of which includes the PhD
project, is available from the principal researcher. Applicants are advised to
contact the principal researcher Govert Valkenburg
( prior to
applying for more detailed information.

Duties of the position
The successful candidate will:

Conduct empirical social-scientific research into issues of the use of
various knowledges in processes of innovation and governance. Fieldwork
outside Norway is considered a possibility.
Translate the research into academic research output, notably a PhD
thesis which may consist of multiple peer-reviewed journal papers. In
addition, the research will be presented at international conferences.
Report to the principle researcher and closely collaborate with the
research team (consisting of the principal researcher and a senior researcher)
throughout the project, including activities in outreach and dissemination
activities, some in the form of action research.
PhD studies at NTNU is organized in PhD programmes. Within 3 months
after appointing the successful PhD scholarship holder, he/she must apply for
admission to the PhD programme in interdisciplinary studies of culture. For
further information, please see

Required selection criteria
We are looking for a candidate who:

Holds a master's degree or equivalent with excellent results in Science
and technology Studies (STS) or other relevant humanities or social scientific
disciplines (e.g. sociology, human geography, anthropology, political science,
Has an interest in and documented experience with qualitative research
Speaks and writes English at a high level.
Has experience with or interest in social scientific research of
science, technology, and innovation.

Desired criteria
In addition, the following properties are considered beneficial:

* Ability to conduct qualitative interviews in a Nordic language.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
daily. Starting date is envisioned at January 1, 2021, but is to some extent

Complete information on the position and application is found at:
Applications will have to be submitted at the same website.

The deadline for application is Monday 19 June 2020, end-of-business.
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