PhD student position in Environmental Humanities & Law - focusing on Rights of Nature

Chalmers University of Technology

Gothenburg, Sweden 🇸🇪

Ref REF 2023-0111

Project description
The Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology is looking for one PhD student in Environmental Humanities & Law – focusing on Rights of Nature. The position is based at the division of Science, Technology and Society (STS) which is a dynamic and thriving community of interdisciplinary scholars. The division researches and teaches; gender and sustainable development, environmental sociology, history of technology, history of science, the social role of the engineer, gender and technology and energy history.

We offer one full-time position in “Whose body of Water? Rights of Nature as environmental guardianship for Sweden” a research program with funding from FORMAS, Adlerbertska and Chalmers Initiative for Sustainable Transformation.

Information about the division and the department
The Division for Science, Technology and Society (STS) focuses on the societal role of science, technology and environment in the contemporary world.

Major responsibilities
As a PhD candidate, 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, in this case Environmental Humanities & Law – focusing on Rights of Nature.

As a PhD candidate you take an active role in the specific research project on Rights of Nature in preparing and organising Transition Labs and collecting empirical data, conducting analysis and presenting results. Results are expected to continuously be presented at seminars and international conferences.

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

Master’s degree with a minimum of 90 Swedish credits in Environmental Sociology, Environmental Law, Climate Justice, History of Technology, History of Science, History of Ideas, Economic History, Political Ecology, History, Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Studies or other relevant fields. Additional qualifications for applicants are Master’s thesis on Environmental law, particularly Rights of Nature, as well as courses in STS, Political Ecology, History of Science, History of Technology or corresponding.

The Master’s degree has to be obtained at the start of the PhD-employment (planned for September 1, 2023).

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses for you to be able to fullfill the work tasks of organise and moderate Transition Labs.

A merit for the position is experience of working with jurisprudence as guardianship at the intersection of civil society and academia in Sweden or internationally. 

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

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

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 20230034 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

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)
2 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

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, e.g. TOEFL test results.
• Optional: Applicant may add one additional written work to the application. 

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: 30-03-2023

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Martin Hultman, STS
Phone: 0709-450 112

Associate Professor Catharina Landström, STS

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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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