PhD in the PhD program Society, Space and Technology

The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School for People and Technology framing research that seek to address sustainability, often by applying experimental approaches and situating the individuals active and learning involvement. The research comprises approaches of a human, societal, health and information technological character. The Doctoral School has five PhD programs with each of their focus points: Information Technology; Learning, Working life and Social innovation; Research in Health and Society; Social Psychology of Everyday Life and Society, Space and Technology (https://ruc.dk/en/doctoral-school-people-and-technology)

The PhD position will be part of the PhD Program in Society, Space and Technology (SST) that explores issues about space and/or technology in a societal context. SST takes an interdisciplinary approach and draws mainly on technology-natural science and especially the social sciences. Two larger research groups are associated with the program: METRIK (Environment, Energy, Transport, Regulation, Innovation and Climate Policy) and MOSPUS (Space, Place, Mobility and Urban Studies) (https://ruc.dk/en/phd-programme-society-space-and-technology)

METRIK has focus on the interaction between social development, technology and the natural environment in relation to planning and regulation of environment, energy, production and climate (https://forskning.ruc.dk/da/organisations/miljø-energi-transport-regulering-innovation-og-klimapolitik):

MOSPUS has focus on the spatial reorganization of society from a social science perspective of sociology, geography, anthropology and planning studies. (https://forskning.ruc.dk/da/organisations/rum-sted-mobilitet-og-by-mospus

SST has a number of overlapping themes in and across the two research groups such as:

  • Technology in society
  • Sustainable development, bioeconomy and circular economy
  • Mobility, transport and tourism
  • Spatialities of migration and multicultural cities
  • Urban participation, empowerment and social movements
  • Environmental planning and regulation
  • Spatial design, spatial planning and regional planning.

Job description

This is an open PhD. position where candidates can develop their own research idea and agenda. Overall, the proposal must be aligned with the core themes of the SST PhD program, METRIK or MOSPUS and the department’s research focus (new focus on sustainability broadly understood). More specifically, your proposal must:
  • have a focus on basic research (e.g. not purely applied research) and therefore have strong theoretical or conceptual component.
  • address issues around 1) technology and society or 2) society and space or 3) technology and space or 4) society, space and technology.
  • Research proposals opting for the METRIK research group must revolve around environmental planning and/or sustainable development
  • Research proposal opting for the MOSPUS research group must address issues around the spatial organization of places and societies in relation to, for example, urban or regional planning and urban everyday life.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (https://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/files/engelsk-ph-d-bekendtgorelse.pdf).

Qualifications
You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within the fields of geography, sociology, anthropology, urban design, spatial designs and society, urban planning, environmental planning or environmental engineering.

You are required to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.

PhD project description

The PhD position is a unique possibility to focus and concentrate on a 3-year PhD research project. Your application must be attached a description (minimum five and maximum six pages) of the specific self-chosen PhD project you would like to pursue. The description of your suggested PhD project must address the project assessment criteria listed below, and outline the project’s 1) scientific purpose, relevance and novelty 2) research questions 3) theories and methods 4) envisioned empirical work and 5) project plan.

Assessment
The assessment regarding enrollment consideration will be given to the following criteria:
  • Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (as listed above and according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/transparency-tools/qualifications-frameworks/other-qualifications-frameworks/danish-qf-for-higher-education?set_language=en&cl=en).
  • Any additional academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.
  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Excellent grades at Master’s programme and master thesis or equivalent
  • Ability to complete the PhD project

The assessment of the PhD project description will be given to the following criteria:
  • The formal requirements to the content and size and structure of the proposal.
  • Quality relevance and novelty of the project description and research questions, including:
  • Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices
  • If the PhD project and project plan seem realistic and feasible
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Department, Doctoral School, PhD program, and associated research groups

Terms of employment
The employment is full-time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to Dean of Technology and Health Science Anders Siig Andersen.

Questions
For further information about the position, please contact PhD.-coordinator Bente Larsen, +45 4674-2732, forskerskolen@ruc.dk or head of program Jonas Larsen mail jonaslar@ruc.dk

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure

After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

Application
To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/

Applications in English and Danish are accepted.

Applications must include:
  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent
  4. Your description of the PhD project
  5. Your time schedule of the PhD project

If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.

Please submit your application no later than November 26, 2020.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

 


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