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Message posted on 21/05/2024

STS PhD position

Dear colleagues,

We are thrilled to announce an open PhD position application funded by the IHS (Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna) and the Horizon Europe project AGRO4AGRI.

This initiative is aimed at fostering advanced research within the Science and Technology Studies (STS) field, focusing on sustainable and responsible nanotechnology use in reducing pesticides related to the project "FOSTERING THE ADVANCED USE OF AGROCHEMICALS FOR A SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE".

As a junior researcher, you will develop your dissertation project and be involved in the ongoing projects of the research group.

About you − You have completed a Master’s degree in sociology, STS or a related field. − You have a strong interest in responsible research practices. − You have initial experience and are prepared to conduct methodologically demanding qualitative studies. Knowledge of ethnography is desirable. − You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Command of German is an advantage.

What we offer you − Comprehensive mentoring and training to advance your qualifications and doctoral project, − Time offs for self-determined research and opportunities for research stays abroad, − Excellent opportunities for further career development due to our strong position in both research and science-based policy advice, − A collegial team in a non-discriminatory working environment with respectful cooperation, − Flexible working time arrangements and the option of mobile working, IHS is a certified family friendly employer, − A great location set in the heart of Vienna and a fully operating infrastructure.

The monthly salary for the advertised position is based on the FWF scheme for doctoral candidates and amounts to € 2,684.10 gross for a 30-hour week, paid 14 times per year.

The position is to be filled on September 1, 2024. The initial contract period is 3 years, with the possibility of an extension upon successful internal evaluation.

Please submit your application (including cover letter, CV, master thesis or another sample of your research) by June 5, 2024 only via e-mail to

For questions related to the position, please feel free to contact Robert Braun (

Best regards,


Assoc. Prof. (Habil) Dr. Robert Braun Senior Researcher|Science, Technology and Social Transformation T: +43 1 59991 - 134 Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) Josefstädter Straße 39, 1080 Vienna

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