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PhD Fellow in Consumer Culture and Wearable Technologies – Aalborg University

The Department of Culture and Global Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University invites applications for a 36-month full-time PhD position in consumer culture and wearable technologies. The position is available for 3 years starting from August 1st 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description
The doctoral researcher will work within the framework of a project on consumer culture, wearable technologies and sustainability funded by the Aalborg University Talent Management Programme and led by Assistant Professor Olga Gurova. This is a qualitative research project; therefore, the experience of working with qualitative research methods will be considered an advantage.

The project aims at analyzing socio-cultural aspects of wearable technologies (mostly clothing, but also accessories, shoes, etc.) in the context of consumer culture with the purpose to understand how they affect the daily use of material objects and their lifecycle and what their potential is in contributing to sustainability. The project is focused, first, on the production side of wearables and aims at studying practices of fashion designers who produce/work with wearable technologies with the purpose to explore the link between wearables and sustainability. Second, the project aims at studying everyday consumer practices of wearable technologies. The PhD student will be responsible for this second part of the project and will explore everyday consumer practices of wearable technologies in connection with sustainability. This can be a study of the practices of adoption of innovations in everyday life with wearables as a case, a study of the practices of sustainable consumption of wearables, and so on. While the research area (wearable technologies, consumer practices and sustainability) and the choice of methods (qualitative methods) are fixed, the PhD fellow will be free to choose the topic of the research and methodology.

We are looking for a dedicated researcher with an MA degree in sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies, technology design, human-computer interaction or similar.

The successful applicant will be based in Aalborg at the Department of Culture and Global Studies, and will be expected to be present on a daily basis in the Department and to participate in daily activities. The position is associated with the Culture and Consumption research group. Furthermore, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in the Bachelor’s Programme in International Business Communication, but teaching in other programmes in the Department may also be a possibility.

Qualification requirements
PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree, or expect to have obtained the Master’s degree before August 1, 2018 (Statement from thesis supervisor, verified transcripts, thesiscontract and documentation of the date of the exam must be enclosed). According to the PhD Order, the PhD study comprises among other requirements: Participation in active research environments, including stays at other, mainly foreign, research institutions, private research enterprises etc.

General information
It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at Doctoral School of the Faculty of the Humanities, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of 27 August 2013 (PhD Order).

Please visit the website of the doctoral school  for further information on the PhD programme, application procedure, and admission requirements.

The application must include the following and be written in English or Danish

  • Application form
  • Copy of diplomas/transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Project description
  • List of written work (optional)
  • Sample of written work, e.g. Master’s thesis (optional)
  • A certified copy of IELTS or TOEFL test result (please see admission requirements for details on language requirements)

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean will make a decision for allocating the stipend. Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered. The Faculty draws your attention to the fact that the applicant’s project description may be tested for plagiarism.

The application can only be submitted by using the link below. Please note that zipped files are not supported by the recruitment system, please upload only Word or PDF files.

For further information on the doctoral research programme, please visit the website of the doctoral programme in culture and global studies.
For further information on the PhD stipend, please contact Associate Professor Laura James, mail james@cgs.aau.dk.

For general information about the application process etc., please contact Malene Steen, e-mail: mast@adm.aau.dk, phone: +45 9940 7959.

Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance’s current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

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