The Division of Science, Technology, and Society is a young and vibrant division at the Chalmers University of Technology. We have an open and friendly research environment, where you can delve deep into research questions particular to your own field as well as easily find top researchers from other fields who have long experience in interdisciplinary research, and are eager to bring in new perspectives to their own work. There are also strong collaborations with other universities and institutions, such as the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science at the University of Gothenburg, where the PhD student will have a co-advisor.

The Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology will hire a PhD student in Ethics and Technology. The position is based at the Division of Science, Technology and Society. Our research and education covers a wide area including Ethics and Technology, Environmental Humanities, History of Science and Technology, Science and Technology Studies (STS) as well as Gender and Technology, Sociology, and Valuation Studies.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibilities are to pursue your own doctoral studies (80% of full time). The position also includes departmental work (20% of full time), such as teaching in ethics and technology and similar subjects as well as doing administrative tasks. All of this will take place over a period of five years.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have completed a Master’s degree (MA or MSc) when starting the position. You may come from the social sciences, humanities, or engineering with a strong interest in ethics and technology. Relevant degrees can be in for instance in Practical Philosophy, Political Science, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Applied Ethics, or other related fields. Additional qualifications for applicants with a MSc (Science or Engineering) degree are a Master’s thesis on a social scientifically themed topic and experience/interest in working with qualitative methods. Prior experiences in ethics through studies or work is meritorious, but not a mandatory.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Contract terms
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

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Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20220206 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• Describe your future goals and future research focus
• State your motivation for undertaking research training leading to a PhD, and that specifies what expertise at the Department is needed for carrying out your research.

Research plan:

• Submit a research plan – not exceeding 9600 characters including spaces – describing the research project that you want to carry out during the PhD studies. The plan should include the proposed project’s purpose and research problem, as well as a short overview of the research field.

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Copies of relevant MA theses and other possible relevant publications.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 22 June 2022.

For questions, please contact:
Karl de Fine Licht, senior lecturer in ethics and technology, Technology Management and Economics
Catharina Landström, Associate Professor and Head of Unit at the Division of Science, Technology and Society, Technology Management and Economics
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Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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