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Research assistant for a research project in Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition

The IT University of Copenhagen invites applications for a vacant research assistant position (100%) in the Business IT Department within the research project “Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition”.

The IT Business Department delivers world-class research within innovation and process models, information infrastructure, digital democracy, digital change management, public digitization, and cybersecurity, as well as business and management.

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The research project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and is in collaboration with Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law, Copenhagen University, and the Danish Board of Technology.

The successful candidate will be employed by September 1, 2021 (or soon thereafter) to February 28, 2022 with potential for a short extension.

The research assistant will be associated with the Technologies in Practice research group at the department, as well as with the Ethos Lab, ITU’s methods lab.

The project
“Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition” is a 3-year research project in collaboration between the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, and ITU. It examines the impact of Denmark’s climate citizens’ assembly (Klimaborgertinget, organized by the Board of Technology for the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities) on the Danish political system.

The overall research question is: in what way might the assembly strengthen support for green transition policies, and to what extent will it affect existing channels for public debate and democratic decision-making? DIGT aims to answer these questions through a new framework that combines the study of deliberative democracy with affect theory, new materialism, and science and technology studies (STS).

The project is draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods, and it is organized around three subprojects, which together will allow the project to assess how Denmark’s climate assembly will, and can be made to, contribute positively to a national green transition.

The position
The position is part of a subproject that examines the relations between the national climate assembly and green civil society initiatives, such as Extinction Rebellion and Den Grønne Studenterbevægelse.

The applicant is expected to:

  • Design and conduct an online mapping of the landscape of green civil society initiatives in Denmark using digital methods and tools, such as hyphe and gephi, with support from the Ethos Lab.
  • Potentially participate in a qualitative ethnographic investigation into some of the identified organisations.
  • Support other ongoing research activities in the project, such as reviewing literature and transcribing interviews.
  • Participate in project meetings and activities.
  • Be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in research activities of the Department.
This subproject is managed by Associate Professor Irina Papazu

The ideal candidate should

  • Have an interest in questions related to climate change, (political/digital/material/public) participation, qualitative and quali-quant/digital methods and STS
  • Have strong methodological and analytical skills and qualifications
  • Have experience in working with digital methods and ethnography
  • Have strong Danish skills
  • Have at least a finished BSc, but candidates with an MSc are preferred.
General information
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time academics. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

Questions about the positions can be directed to Associate Professor Irina Papazu by e-mail

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

Working time is 37 hours per week.

The application must be in English and must include:

  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background
  • Motivated cover letter, detailing your academic background, interest in the position and a cogent argument for how you are qualified for the position. Specify how you match the job requirements
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.)
  • A referee who may be contacted.
Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

Application procedure
You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our webside: .

The IT University uses tests in connection with the recruitment process.

Application deadline: May 30 2021, at 23:59 CET/CEST.

Applications received after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline, so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

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