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At the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU, there are two fully funded three-year PhD positions vacant in Science and Technology studies (STS) focusing on sustainability in China’s food and agricultural systems. The PhD positions are funded by the European Research Council (ERC) as part of the project ‘A Middle Way? Probing Sufficiency through Meat and Milk in China’ (MidWay).
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About the position
The MidWay project addresses the sustainability challenges relating to food and agriculture in China, with the consumption and production of meat and milk as empirical cases. Rather than arguing for increased efficiency, the project probes the concept of sufficiency to explore its potential for reducing human impacts on Earth’s biosphere while preserving overall welfare, i.e., its potential for defining a ‘middle way’ between ‘too little’ and ‘too much’. China is seen as a strategic research site to ask questions about the supply and demand of animal foods, hypothesising that what has made meat and milk integral to Chinese food practices might also be ‘otherwise’.
The two PhD candidates will be involved in core aspects of the project, including conducting ethnographic fieldwork at several sites along the systems of provision of pork and milk. The approach entails visiting facilities such as so-called ‘backyard farms’, mid-sized farms, and more industrialised production facilities, as well as packaging, processing, and retailing facilities, with a particular focus on supermarkets. Data collection methods include participant observation and interviews with farmers, meat and milk packagers, supermarket clerks and other relevant actors. The two PhD candidates are expected to stay in China over an extended period (9-12 months from 2024) and will benefit from collaborating on some aspects of the data generation process.
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture is part of the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU, located at the Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. The department has 25 permanent employees, including research scientists. There are currently approximately 25 PhD candidates, post docs and temporary employees. The department teaches and conducts research in two areas: Gender studies and Science and technology studies (STS). Teaching is provided at all levels, including PhD. More info can be found at www.ntnu.no/kult.
Your immediate leader is Head of Department
Main duties and responsibilities
The successful applicant must
- Conduct empirical data collection through qualitative methods such as interviews, participant observation and/or focus group interviews, or other methods relevant to the research design
- Analyse such data through theories and concepts from Science and Technology Studies (STS)
- 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 renowned international journals
- Be an active participant in the MidWay project
- Present, communicate and disseminate work at relevant national and international venues
- Participate in the day-to-day activities at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, the Centre for Technology and Society, and the research group on Energy, climate and environment
- Complete the PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture within three years. The appointment period includes six months for compulsory course work and 30 months for completion of the PhD project.
The qualification requirement is the completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a solid academic background in Science and Technology Studies (STS) or equivalent education (i.e., sociology, anthropology, history, political science, or human geography) with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree in Social Science and Humanities.
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at NTNU
- Applicants must have knowledge of or interest in Social Science and Humanities studies of sustainability, demand, consumption, China, food, agriculture, and/or interdisciplinarity
- Applicants must have experience with qualitative research methods
- Applicants must have excellent knowledge of English and Chinese language (written and oral). English language proficiency must correspond to an IELTS minimum of 6.5 or TOEFL 90
- Completion of the master’s thesis on time is considered an advantage
- Ability to collaborate with others, e.g., through co-authoring research papers or collecting research data
- Ability to conduct independent research
In evaluating which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement. NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.
- exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
- an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
- favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- employee benefits
Salary and conditions
As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200 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.
Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (https://www.ntnu.no/kult/forskerutdanning). As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in the relevant PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations 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.
About the application
The application should contain:
- Diplomas and certificates
- A letter of motivation describing your scholarly profile, including a brief research statement with preliminary ideas building from the project outlines above (max 2-3 pages)
- Name and address of three references
- A list of publications (if any)
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. A Diploma Supplement is required to attach for Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI): http://www.chsi.com.cn/en/).
Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts.
NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.
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.
A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Marius Korsnes, telephone: 73598378 , email: email@example.com . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR, Hilde Saxi Gildberg e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.
Application deadline: 01.11.2022
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1st November 2022
Post expires on Wednesday November 2nd, 2022