Ph.D. in Science, Technology and Society (Sweden) Deadline: Nov. 10, 2018

Chalmers University of Technology

Application Deadline

Nov. 10, 2018

Duration of the Program

5 Years

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Program Details

Chalmers University of Technology is a Swedish university located in Gothenburg that focuses on research and education in technology, natural science, architecture, maritime and other management areas. The Division for Science, Technology and Society focuses on the societal role of science and technology in the modern and contemporary world.  The division researches and teaches courses in history of technology, history of science, the social role of the engineer, gender and technology and sustainable development.

The research project this Ph.D. will be part of is interdisciplinary, drawing together scholars from different disciplines to conduct in-depth and multi-faceted research on climate change denial including both national case studies, global linkages and cross-national comparisons. This research project involves scrutiny of the images of climate science set in play by extractive industries as well as analysis of how this is played out in different/similar national and cultural settings via think tanks and right-wing populism.

The study will include ethnography, analyzing what is said and by whom, creating an overview of connectivity and how arguments occur and spread.  As second part of this Ph.D. project, the similarities between right-wing populist political parties and their use of climate denial arguments and CTT will be analyzed. Both official (e.g., party programs, member papers) and unofficial (e.g., Twitter, discussion groups, homepages) empirical material using discourse analysis looking into langue use and network analysis scrutinizing actor connectivity among and beyond groups.

This is a full-time position, where the major responsibility of the Ph.D. student is to pursue doctoral studies in relation to a specific research aim. The exact focus of the work will be decided in interaction with the main supervisor. You will be expected to take an active role in the specific research project in preparing for and collecting empirical data, conducting analysis and presenting results. During the project, results will continuously be presented at seminars and international conferences. The position also includes teaching in Chalmers undergraduate level courses, supervising student projects or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Eligibility/ Requirements

To qualify, you must have

  • A master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in in Political Science or similar such as Science and Technology Studies, History, Human Ecology etc.
  • Experience of writing about and analyzing climate change denial.
  • Excellent command of both English and Swedish.
  • Documented experience of researching and writing about the political and social implications of climate change and climate change denialism in the popular press for a wide audience.

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Application Process

The application should be marked with Ref 20180559 and written in English.

The application should be sent electronically (online application) and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

1. CV:
• CV
•Other, for example, previous employment or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two reference letters.

2. Personal letter:
•1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

3. Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

For queries, please write to Professor Per Lundin, STS or to Associate Professor Martin Hultman, STS.
Phone: +46 709 450112

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