Posted on: 7 January, 2019
Application deadline: February 20, 2019

2 PhD Student positions for the project SOCCAR – Sociocultural Carbon, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2 PhD Student positions for the project SOCCAR – Sociocultural Carbon.
The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply for 2 fully-funded PhD stipends starting June 1, 2019, or soon thereafter. Both stipends are of a 3-year duration.
The applicants are expected to have a background in qualitative social science approaches to IT such as science and technology studies (STS), anthropology, geography, sociology or similar disciplines.
The successful candidates will be part of the Technologies in Practice (TiP) research group and employed in the ITU’s Dept. of Business IT. There they will work as part of the research project SOCCAR (Sociocultural Carbon) funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark’s Sapere Aude programme. The SOCCAR project consists of a small dedicated team aiming at understanding the sociocultural role and value of carbon data and carbon technologies in the contemporary societal context of the climate crisis.
PhD 1 is expected to conduct an independent ethnographic project studying the use and value of carbon data within one or more church communities, for example related to the Danish Green Church initiative. Key questions include how the value of carbon data and climate change more generally is assessed in relation to choices or habits of consumption, lifestyle and community.
PhD 2 is expected to conduct an independent ethnographic project studying the value of carbon data within an urban community dependent upon fossil fuel, for example the Norwegian city of Stavanger. Key questions include how the value of carbon data and climate change more generally is assessed in relation to choices or habits of consumption, lifestyle and community.
The successful candidates are expected to perform independent subprojects leading to a PhD dissertation, but at the same time contribute to the overall project. They must work within the practice- and process-oriented social science framework presented by the project, and pay attention to questions such as in what ways ‘carbon’ is becoming a social and a cultural fact through technologies of datafication, and under what circumstances data technologies generate change in everyday practice.
As part of the application, the applicant must provide a brief (max 3 pages) research proposal indicating which one of the subprojects they are applying for. The proposal should present the specific literature the applicant uses as a grounding for the proposal, and how they imagine that the study in question can be carried out and concretized with due attention to analytical framework, methodology, ethics, etc.
NB! Candidates may only apply for one of the subprojects. The core assessment criteria is the coherence and plausibility of their proposal and its demonstration that the applicant is capable of comprising a convincing research proposal rather than which specific subproject it addresses.
Essential qualifications: 
  • A two-year MA/MSc-degree (or equivalent) in a field such as those mentioned above
  • Documented competence with qualitative social science methods/ethnography
  • Familiarity with practice- and process-oriented social science theories and analysis
  • High-level of oral and written proficiency in English
  • Team-player driven by curiosity about the imponderabilia of everyday life
Desirable qualifications: 
  • Familiarity with digital methods/use of digital data for qualitative social/cultural analysis
  • Familiarity with social science discussions of climate change, especially of technologies involved in managing and measuring greenhouse gas emissions
  • Fluency in a Scandinavian language
Applications must be in English and include the following: 
  • A cover letter summarising the candidate’s background and qualifications, their motivation for working with academic research and for the project applied for
  • A research proposal aimed at one of the two subprojects mentioned above. This must be max 3 pages.
  • Documentation of academic degrees including grade transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae including the names and addresses of two professional/academic references
  • Up to 3 academic publications (incl. MA/MSc thesis) may be enclosed
All documents, such as transcripts must be accompanied by a translation in English or Danish.
Applications without the above-mentioned documents will not be assessed.
Selected candidates may be invited for an interview either at the ITU or via Skype.
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 ITU has more than 70 full-time Faculty members. 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.
The TiP research group at the ITU is a world-leading hub for ethnographic based STS-research, and currently houses around 15 research faculty, 5 postdocs and 10 PhD students. Its members contribute to 3 interdisciplinary degree programmes at the ITU – BSc in Global Business Informatics, MSc in Digital Innovation Management and a professional master’s in IT Leadership.
Successful applicants will be employed and enrolled at the ITU University for a period of 3 years, and are expected to relocate to Copenhagen for that same period.
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).
Application procedure  
Please read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form.
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 website:
It is strongly advised that applicants familiarise themselves with the formal requirements of doing a PhD in Denmark including expectations to course work, teaching and dissemination of research.
Early contact regarding the application is encouraged. Questions about the position, the SOCCAR project and its goals and research publications can be directed to Associate Professor Steffen Dalsgaard, Questions related to the application procedure may be directed to the HR, Kristina Køj-Udsen,
The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 25 April 2008.
Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.
The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Head of department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of 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.
Please read about the PhD programme at ITU here  the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form. You can see the guidelines through this link:
Please read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form, see guidelines through this link: www.itu.en/Guidelines. You can also read about the PhD programme at ITU through this link:
Application deadline: February 20, 2019, at 23:59 CET. 
Applications/enclosures received at ITU 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.