Phd Position in Science and Technology Studies

Trondheim, Norway
29 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of interdisciplinary studies of culture (KULT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology invites applications from qualified individuals for a 3-year phd position. The successful candidate will become part of the centre for technology and society, and a central member of the research team in project DRIVERS (, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

KULT is an interdisciplinary unit with a staff that covers several humanities and social sciences. The department's employees are engaged in several major national and international research projects. Several of the projects have broad interdisciplinary collaboration with experts in medicine, science and technology. Presently, the department has a staff of about 40, of which the majority are doctoral or postdoctoral research fellows.

The DRIVERS project explores the role of digitalization and automation in the transport sector against a backdrop of utopian technological hopes and high ambitions, where driverless vehicles are believed to become a mainstream part of our immediate future. We will study practically how digitalization and automation affect the role of vehicle operators, and what role digitalization and automation of transport will play in society. Central to this is the notion of responsible research and innovation (RRI), where we will explore how innovation in the transport sector can be conducted in fair, democratic and inclusive ways

The project explores such questions within three domains: freight, public transport and personal transport. The Successful PhD candidate will produce a PhD thesis focusing on at least one of the projects three focus areas. The candidate will collect and analyze empirical data in collaboration with the project team, and produce academic work amounting to a PhD thesis. The DRIVERS project is a multi-disciplinary project, which also involves collaboration with key transport actors in the public and private sector. The successful candidate should expect to collaborate with other academics in producing scientific output, as well as be able to communicate and work well with a broad range of non-academic actors.

Main tasks

The successful applicant must

  • Conduct empirical data collection through qualitative methods such as interviews, focus groups and “ride-alongs”.
  • Be able to analyse such data through theories and concepts from science and technology studies
  • Complete the obligatory coursework in the ph.d.-program for interdisciplinary studies of culture
  • Produce a PhD thesis, preferably based on peer reviewed articles published in key international journals
  • Present and disseminate work at relevant national and international venues
  • Be an active participant in the day-to-day activities at KULT, the centre for technology and society and in relevant research groups at the department.
  • Participate in the organization of activities in the DRIVERS project such as workshops and conferences. 


We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Holds a master’s degree or equivalent with excellent results in Science and technology Studies (STS) or other relevant social scientific disciplines (e.g. sociology, human geography, anthropology, political science). The candidate must have a strong academic record and a weighted average for the last two years of your master's degree equivalent to a B or higher in NTNU's grading scale
  • Has an interest in and documented experience with qualitative research methods
  • Can conduct qualitative interviews in a Nordic language. 
  • Has experience with or interest in social scientific transportation research
  • Is comfortable with both collaboration and individual work
  • Speaks and writes English at a high level

PhD studies at NTNU is organized in PhD programmes. Within 3 months after appointing the successful PhD scholarship holder, he/she must apply for admission to the PhD programme in interdisciplinary studies of culture. For further information, please see


The application must be sent electronically through the website Jobbnorge  (, and be marked with the file number for the position HF18-034

The application must contain information about education, exams and previous employment.

The application must further include:

  • A letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
  • A list of past publications and other scientific output (if any)

Applicants that are considered for the position, will be asked for references and called in for an interview. Please note: Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Terms and benefits

The position is remunerated according to salary level 51 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 449.400, - annually, of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme.

The appointment will be made in accordance with regulations for fellowship appointments at universities, and with regulations concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. A contract will be drawn up detailing the period of appointment and required duties

The successful applicant's work place will be at the Department of interdisciplinary studies of culture. 

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labor force and to recruit persons with a diverse background. Candidates who fit the latter description are encouraged to apply.

For further information:

Please contact project manager Tomas Moe Skjølsvold,, or Professor Marianne Ryghaug,

Application deadline: 25. july, 2018


  • Deadline Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  •  Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service NTNU Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 155060
  • Internal ID HF18-034
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


  • Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on
  • You must complete: Academic CV
  • Please refer to where you first saw this job advertised!

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