PhD Candidate studying sociotechnical imaginaries of AI/robot technologies

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
November 15, 2022
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3-year PhD position at Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (KULT), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

PhD Candidate studying sociotechnical imaginaries of AI/robot technologies This is NTNU

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The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture is part of the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU, located at the Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. The department has 25 permanent employees, including research scientists. There are currently approximately 25 PhD candidates, post docs and temporary employees. The department teaches and conducts research in two areas: Gender studies and Science and technology studies (STS). Teaching is provided at all levels, including PhD. More info can be found at www.

About the position

We are hiring a 3-year PhD Candidate to research sociotechnical perspectives on digitalization for the project Artificial Imaginaries of the Socio- Technical (AImagine). The PhD will be part of the research group DigiKULT – Digitalization and Robotization of Society at the Department of Interdisciplinary studies of culture (KULT), at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

The successful PhD candidate will conduct qualitative research on the sociotechnical imaginaries of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and/or robotic technology, thematized around the research group's focus areas of automation of work, healthcare technology and/or inclusive technologies. The thematic choice for the PhD project will be selected by the candidate in relation to their expertise and interests, in collaboration with the main supervisor, Associate Professor Roger A. Søraa. DigiKULT has good experience with national and international research projects and researchers critically on digitization processes in society. We offer an exciting and dynamic research environment, where you will work closely in several teams and develop your own skills and network.

Duties of the position
  • The PhD candidate will do a mandatory a 6-month scholarly training undertaking PhD-courses.
  • Main tasks are anchored in the AImagine-project and involves:
  • Data collection and analysis of empirical findings.
  • Publication and dissemination of research (scientific and popular scientific)
  • Project and group participation, also on an international level.
  • The final outcome of the PhD work will be a PhD Thesis consisting of several academic articles.
  • Required selection criteria
  • The qualification requirement is the completion of a master's degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) in Science and Technology Studies (STS), Gender Studies, or other relevant SSH fields, with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU's grading scale.
  • Knowledge of and interest in digitalization, automation and/or robotics
  • Excellent English oral and written skills
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

    Preferred selection criteria
  • Experience with conducting and analyzing qualitative data
  • Mastery of a Scandinavian language
  • The ability to work in a structured, systematic and targeted manner
  • Personal characteristics
  • Experienced in working well in teams and groups that are interdisciplinary and cross-cultural
  • Initiator and self-driven
  • Good communication skills
  • In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

    We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

    The period of employment is 3 years.

    The position might be extended up to 1 year with duty work e.g. teaching.

    Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.


    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at the institution on a daily basis, and that you are able to move to Trondheim, Norway for the duration of the position.

    About the application

    The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

    Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

    The application must include:

  • Cover Letter, describing your motivation for the position and how your scholarly profile and research ideas fits with the scope of AImagine and the duties of the position (max 1 page).
  • Project plan draft, outlining some ideas on how you would structure your PhD-project (max 2 pages)
  • Digital copy of master thesis, and if applicable other academic work.
  • CV, certificates and diplomas.
  • Name, affiliation and contact info of three referees.
  • Proof of language proficiency if applicable.
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

    NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

    General information

    Working at NTNU

    A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.


    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.


    As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Roger A. Søraa: or If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hilde Saxi Gildberg:

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: 15.November 2022.

    The position should start 15. December 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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