PhD Scholarship at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen: Digital Sovereignty in Europe
Applications are invited for one PhD scholarship in the research project “Digital sovereignty: European visions for self-determination in a digital age” (SOVEREIGN), led by Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen and Assistant Professor Kristin Anabel Eggeling. This is an international and open call, and we encourage interested candidates from all parts of the world and backgrounds to apply.
The position's starting date is on 1 September 2023. The anticipated end date is 31 August 2026.
Introduction The PhD student will contribute to SOVEREIGN by developing a sub-project exploring how digital and tech policies and legislation are negotiated in Brussels among the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament, tech lobbyists and civil society. The project requires both presence in Copenhagen and regular fieldwork and interview trips to Brussels. The project is placed in the Department of Political Science and is funded by the VELUX Foundation through a Core Group grant (2021-2016).
Enrolment will be at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences. The main supervisor will be Rebecca Adler-Nissen and Kristin Anabel Eggeling will co-supervise.
The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching, and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three-year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four- year full-time study programme within the framework of the 4+4 study programme.
Qualifications The position is aimed at applicants who have obtained their M.Sc. in Political Science or International Relations.
The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:
Interest and knowledge of digital technologies and the European tech agenda will be valued but are not required. Knowledge of additional EU languages will be considered an asset for field research.
Duties and responsibilities The PhD student is expected to:
Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences: https: // samf.ku.dk/phd-skolen/english/
Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at the Universities.
Information about the PhD study programme is also available on the PhD website of the Department of Political Science: https: // politicalscience.ku.dk/education/phd/
Scholarship in the 5+3 or in the 4+4 PhD study programme The 5+3 PhD study programme In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two-year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3-year period without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.
The 4+4 PhD study programme Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enroll as PhD students simultaneously with their enrollment in the MSc degree programme at the University of Copenhagen. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.
How to apply Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word.
Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document must be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.
The recruitment process Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: https: // employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself.
An equal opportunity workplace The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University's participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see https: // employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu- charter-for-researchers/.
For the Department of Political Science Code of Conduct, please see https: // politicalscience.ku.dk/about/news/2022/code-of-conduct- announced/Plakat8Tuncoated.pdf.
International applicant? The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https: // ism.ku.dk/.
Contact information Information about the position can be obtained from Professor Rebecca Adler- Nissen, e-mail: [email protected] tel. +45 3022 4075 or Kristin Anabel Eggeling, e-mail [email protected] tel. +45 6057 7611.
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail: [email protected], please refer to ID number: 211-1368/23-2H #1
The closing date for applications is 15 April 2023 at 23:59 (CEST).
Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.