PhD Position within the Field of Science and Technology Studies

Trondheim, Norway
15 May 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of CultureFaculty of Humanities, is looking for a PhD candidate to fill a vacancy for a 3-year fully funded position within the field of science and technology studies.

The PhD fellow will be a part of the project Future Campus, together with PhD candidates at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, and The Department of Architecture and Planning. The project will generate knowledge informing NTNU’s campus project, which is in charge of planning Norway’s largest university’s new main campus. This campus, which will be located close to the city centre, is planned to provide more flexible and denser work spaces, which was received critically by many employees and their representatives.

The purpose of this PhD project, "Nurturing productive cultures of dense and flexible work spaces: The case of universities”, is to investigate the role of workspace flexibility and density in the production of knowledge. It starts with the premise that the materiality of knowledge work spaces  that includes more and more information and communication technologies is an inherent part of knowledge production. However, what is experienced as productive or detrimental material conditions for knowledge work varies widely between individuals, organizations, and cultures.

After a qualitative empirical inquiry into relations between academic knowledge work and its material settings, the project aims at co-designing work spaces that work well for all university employees, no matter how nomadic or sedentiary their work styles are. This latter part is supported by experienced researchers and will take place in NTNU’s new ZEB Lab, a facility built to experiment with environmentally friendly, innovative work spaces.

The project will draw on theoretical resources from the history of science, science studies and studies of knowledge production. Together with the empirical work, this will allow the candidate to formulate a research based and independent contribution to the creation of good spaces for knowledge production in Trondheim, Norway and beyond.

The successful candidate will be a part of a research group at NTNU’s Centre for Technology and Society at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture and associated with NTNU’s Department of Design and the FME Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings in Smart Cities. The supervision team will consist of experienced researchers with expertise in STS and design. The position reports to the Head of Department.

Selection criteria

The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in science and technology studies or equivalent education with a grade of B (=very good) or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale or an equivalent education. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Additional required qualifications

  • Documented experience from
    • using qualitative research methods
    • working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD program in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD program during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application for this position must include;

  • Contact information for at least 2 reference persons
  • Certified copies of academic diploma and transcripts
  • A research statement (max. 3 pages) including:
    • A short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study
    • Why the applicant is suited for the position
    • The applicant’s view of research challenges for the PhD position, as well as his/her theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges.
    • Publications and any other work that the applicant wishes to be considered must also be enclosed.

Applicants from universities outside of Norway are requested to send a diploma supplement (or a similar document) which describes in detail the study and grading system, and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Thomas Berker, email

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

Application deadline: 15.06.20

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide range of study programmes in the humanities, and is Norway’s second largest faculty of humanities measured in the number of students. We develop leading academic groups in the action-oriented humanities, as well as innovative and inquiry-based teaching and learning. The Faculty consists of six departments as well as a Faculty administration.

Deadline 15th June 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 187434