PhD Scholarship Position in Science Technology and Society

Applications are invited for a PhD position in sustainable development to join Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The funding allows successful candidate to work for five years. Applications are welcome before November 10, 2018.

The Department of Technology Management and Economics (TME) broadly researches the interaction between technology development, industrial systems, society, people and the environment. The research can be divided into three main research areas, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain & Operations Management and Sustainability & Society Studies. The department is organized in six divisions for research and teaching and one support function and it hosts four research centres and the Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. Our research is linked to several of Chalmers’ Areas of Advance.

Information about the division and the research

The position is based at the division of Science, Technology and Society. The division research and teaches courses in history of technology, history of science, the social role of the engineer, gender and technology and sustainable development.

The research project this PhD will be part of is interdisciplinary from its foundation onward, drawing together scholars from different disciplines to conduct in-depth and multi-faceted research on climate change denial including both national case studies, global linkages and cross-national comparisons. In this research project we will scrutinize images of climate science set in play by extractive industries as well as analyze how this is played out in different/similar national and cultural settings via think tanks and right-wing populism.

This PhD project will map and analyze the views of global climate change put forward by influential contemporary think tanks in Sweden (e.g Eudoxa, Timbro, Captus and Den Nya Vlfrden) who have by previous research shown to be active in the debate (Anshelm & Hultman, 2014). This study will include etnography, analyzing what is said and by whom, creating an overview of connectivity and how arguments occur and spread. As second part of this PhD project the similarities between right-wing populist political parties and their use of climate denial arguments and CTT will be analyzed. Both official (e.g., party programs, member papers) and unofficial (e.g., Twitter, discussion groups, homepages) empirical material using discourse analysis looking into langue use and network analysis scrutinizing actor connectivity among and beyond groups.

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here.

Major responsibilities

As a PhD student, your major responsibility is to pursue doctoral studies in relation to a specific research aim. At large, PhD studies include a number of doctoral courses, literature reviews, designing research studies, collecting and analysing empirical data, and communicating the results of your research verbally and in writing, both in Swedish and in English. The exact focus of the work will be decided in interaction with the main supervisor.

As a PhD student you take an active role in the specific research project in preparing for and collecting empirical data, conducting analysis and presenting results. During the project, results will continuously be presented at seminars and international conferences.

The position also includes teaching in Chalmers undergraduate level courses, supervising student projects or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

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


To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master’s level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits inin Political Science or similar such as Science and Technology Studies, History, Human Ecology etc. Experience of writing about and analyzing climate change denial is of high importance. Excellent command of both English and Swedish is needed. Documented experience of researching and writing about the political and social implications of climate change and climate change denialism in the popular press for a wide audience is of great value.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180559 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)


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 and present your qualifications.

Previous research fields and main research results.

Future goals and research focus.Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 10 November, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Professor Per Lundin, STS


Associate Professor Martin Hultman, STS


Phone: +46 709 450112


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