Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as PhD of Sociology of European Integration from January 1st or as soon as possible thereafter. The position as PhD is limited to a period of 3 years. The candidate will be based in Roskilde University and will be expected to conduct field work in Europe and participate in a research stay abroad.
Description of the PhD project
The PhD project should analyze the production of social science knowledge in interaction with European institutions through a number of case studies.
The PhD project is expected to conduct a case study of a number of selected European social science projects in order to analyze how social science knowledge is produced in European collaborative projects. Using a wide range of methods the project should analyze the social practices of European social science knowledge production. Thus, the project should address questions such as how social scientists negotiate and struggle over epistemological criteria and social organization, how the relationship between social scientists and the European political institutions are negotiated; and what the consequences are for the social and cognitive structure for European social science.
The project is a part of larger overarching project analyzing contemporary changes in institutional and cognitive structures of research in Europe and how these changes entangle with political integration in Europe. In the last three decades we have seen an increasing Europeanisation of the social science. More social scientists collaborate with European colleagues, publish in international outlets and engage in foreign academic literature. Simultaneously, academic institutions have been built in Europe and funding from European sources becomes increasingly important. All in all, it seems that the social science’s historical close entanglement with the nation state is challenged or at least under change. The project is analyzing these changes in order to understand how the social scientific knowledge production is reconfigured at a European level.
The PhD project is expected to be conducted in close dialogue with the other participants of the project.
The Doctoral School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the PhD program in Social Studies at The Doctoral School of Social Science and Business.
At the social studies PhD programme we study the dynamic processes that take place between people, institutions and companies. The programme gives you the skills to identify and analyze social and societal issues and find solutions to the challenges facing modern societies.
Read more here https://ruc.dk/doctoral-school-social-sciences-and-business.
As a PhD student you will be associated with one of the following research groups:
• Global political sociology: https://forskning.ruc.dk/en/organisations/global-political-sociology
Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (https://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/files/engelsk-ph-d-bekendtgorelse.pdf),
You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within social science. Qualifications within the following areas are required
- Experience with qualitative methods
- Solid knowledge about social science methods and sociological theory
- English at an academic level
We also emphasize the following qualifications:
- Knowledge about European integration processes
- Sociology of knowledge and science
- One or more European languages besides English
You are required to be enterprising and to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.
In the assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;
- Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/transparency-tools/qualifications-frameworks/other-qualifications-frameworks/danish-qf-for-higher-education?set_language=en&cl=en).
- Any additional academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.
In the assessment regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria:
- Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
- Grades at Master’s programme or equivalent
- That the project description is not more than 5 pages (excluding references)
- Quality and relevance of the project description
- Consistency and coherence between the problem and the choice of method and theory
- Quality and relevance of the methodical and theoretical choices
- Thematic fit within the overall research project.
- Ability to complete the PhD project
- Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School
- A letter of recommendation from an academic institution regarding your previous academic work.
At RUC we cultivate a project and problem oriented approach to knowledge creation, because we believe that the most relevant results are obtained by solving real problems in collaboration with others. We employ an interdisciplinary approach because no major problems are ever resolved on the basis of any single academic discipline alone. We also cultivate transparency, because we passionately believe that participation and knowledge-sharing are prerequisites for freedom of thought, democracy, tolerance and development.
For further information about the position, please contact associate professor Kristoffer Kropp (email@example.com, +45 46743671). For administrative questions please contact: PhD coordinator Annika Mogensen, firstname.lastname@example.org, +45 46733499.
Terms of employment
The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and you will refer to Head of Department Peter Kragelund.
The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.
Post expires on Monday October 1st, 2018