Ph.D. in Technology and Social Change (Sweden) Deadline: June 10, 2019

Linköping University

Application Deadline

June 10, 2019

Program Commencement


Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

In close collaboration with the business world and society, Linköping University (LiU) conducts world-leading, boundary-crossing research in various fields. Linköping University (LiU) is a state university in Linköping, Sweden. The Department of Thematic Studies of the university was the first in Sweden to offer an academic setting for thematically organized, interdisciplinary, socially relevant research.

Technology and Social Change is a nationally and internationally leading environment for research and education in how people create and use technology, and how technological change is interwoven with cultural patterns, everyday life, politics, ethics and economy. The Department of Thematic Studies combine strong research with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses, often in collaboration with actors outside the university. The point of departure is a critical, reflective approach, seeking to develop new ways of understanding established social phenomena, in order to benefit both scientific and social development.

As a PhD student, you will primarily devote yourself to your research. You are limited to work with education and administration up to 20 per cent of full time.

Research within the announced PhD position will be carried out within the Biogas Research Centre (BRC), which is a ten-year research program aiming to develop a strong national competence base for the research and development of biogas solutions. The PhD project will study the development of political instruments and local and regional strategies for biogas development in Sweden and internationally. The project also includes the development and evaluation of future scenarios of alternative biogas strategies and policies. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with representatives of public authorities, companies and branch organisations.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Qualified to PhD studentships are only those who are or have been admitted to graduate studies.

To be admitted to graduate studies, the applicant needs to have an advanced degree, have completed a minimum of 240 ECTS, of which at least 60 ECTS are on the advanced level. Furthermore, to be admitted to graduate studies in Technology and Social Change, the requirement is that at least 90 of the credits are in a subject matter related to that area.

Relevant educational backgrounds for the announced position are within human geography, environmental science, sociology, political science or other social science, behavioral science or interdisciplinary educations. An important qualification for the position is the ability to plan, organize and carry out research tasks; take responsibility for one’s own research and work both independently and in collaboration with other researchers.

The project requires communication in Swedish; documented proficiency in Swedish, both in speaking and in writing, is, therefore, a requirement. Documented knowledge within the field of energy, environment and climate change and in methods of qualitative social science methods is particularly meriting. Part of the work task is to write research articles in English, independently or in collaboration with other members of the research group and documented proficiency in English, both in speaking and in writing, is, therefore, an advantage. Documented abilities to work across disciplinary boundaries is of merit as well.

Application Process

Apply online here.

Read the job announcement here.

If you have questions, please write to Jelmer Brüggemann (Avdelningschef) +46 13 28 29 58 or Harald Rohracher (Professor, Head of Unit) +46 13 28 2975 or Camilla Junström Hammar (HR manager) +46 13 28 21 20.

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