PhD student in Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden


May 20, 2015


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At Linköping University we embrace innovative thinking. Constantly challenging ourselves has been our strongest motivator ever since we opened our doors in 1975. We are driven by seeking answers beyond the traditional and across subject boundaries. If you are too, we would like to see you at our university. Together we can find solutions to the challenges of the day.

The Department of Thematic Studies was the first in Sweden to offer an academic setting for thematically organised, interdisciplinary, socially relevant research. We combine strong research with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses, often in collaboration with actors outside the university. Our point of departure is a critical, reflective approach, and we seek to develop new ways of understanding established social phenomena, in order to benefit both scientific and social development.

Hereby advertises a position as

PhD student in Technology and Social Change
formally based at the Departement of Thematic Studies

As a PhD student you will primarily devote yourself to your research. As a PhD student you are limited to work with education and administration up to 20 percent of full time.

Research project
You will work under supervision of Professor Steve Woolgar, as a part of the the Department of Thematic Studies (Technology and Social Change) - a lively and growing unit of some 45 Faculty, Postdocoral Researchers and PhD students.

Research interests and substantive topics are open, although preference may be given to applicants with interests or experience in the following:

  • Technologies of assessment: rating, ranking and evalutation
  • Digital technologies; visualization
  • Development and use of algorithms, as played out for example, in the analysis of big data
  • Markets and marketing

Applications are espcially welcome from candidates with interests in contemporary STS theoretical themes, such as materiality, ontology, multiplicity and agency.

Qualified to PhD studentships are only those who are or have been admitted to graduate studies.

Appointment time
The appointment will be until further notice for a maximum of one year at a time. A doctoral student may not be employed during a period exceeding eight years. The total time of appointment must not exceed the equivalent of four years´ full time research training.

Starting date 
September 1, 2015.

The salary for PhD students is based on the department’s salary scale.

Union representatives
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Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest May 20, 2015

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

In the event of discrepancy between the English translation of the job announcement and the Swedish original, the Swedish version shall take precedent.

Equal Opportunities
A majority of our PhD students within the Department of Thematic Studies are women, which is why precedence will be given to men in cases where qualifications are deemed otherwise equivalent.

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact person

Steve Woolgar


+46 13 28 5617

Harald Rohracher

Professor, Head of Division

+46 13 28 2975

Francis Lee

Director of Doctoral Studies

+46 13 28 29 68

Camilla Junström Hammar

HR manager

+46 13 28 2120

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May 07, 2015