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The Department of Thematic Studies was the first in Sweden to offer an academic setting for thematically organised, interdisciplinary, socially relevant research. We combine strong research with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses, often in collaboration with actors outside the university.

We are looking for a PhD student in Technology and Social Change

Your work assignments
The PhD position is part of the interdisciplinary project “Nuclear natures”. The purpose of the project is to explore how three phases of nuclear energy production (operating power plants, decommissioning, and handling of waste) create and impact surrounding environments. The aim is to articulate nuclear natures as an analytical category and as a common societal concern for just and livable places in the present as well as in the future. The PhD student will work in a sub-project that focuses on nuclear natures in relation to an operating nuclear power plant in Sweden, Forsmark. Other sub-projects focus on nuclear natures in relation to a decommissioning nuclear power plant in Germany, and in relation to long-term storage of radioactive waste, based on the ongoing construction of such a storage in Finland.

As a doctoral student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

Your workplace
Technology and Social Change is a nationally and internationally leading environment for research and education in how people create and use technology, and how technological change is interwoven with cultural patterns, everyday life, politics, ethics and economy. Third cycle and first cycle studies specialising in issues of technology and social change are carried out at the department.

Your qualifications
You have graduated at Master’s level or completed courses with a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be in advanced courses. Alternatively, you have gained essentially corresponding knowledge in another way. Special qualifications: 90 credits of your total credits should be in a subject of central importance to the research area.

Relevant educational backgrounds for this position are history of technology, industrial history, environmental history, critical heritage studies, science and technology studies, human geography, human ecology, or related subjects.

Documented proficiency in English, both orally and in writing, is required. Documented proficiency in Swedish is considered a particular merit. Documented scientific skills in working with qualitative methods is also a particular merit. Documented scientific skills in interdisciplinary research are of merit.

Terms of employment
When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at.

The employment has a duration of four years’ full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date
By agreement.

Salary and employment benefits
The salary of doctoral students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives
Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must be received at latest August 31, 2021.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Equal opportunities

Linköping University will continue to develop as an attractive and creative place of work, characterized by equal terms and actively works for equality and diversity.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Anna Storm


+46 13 28 11 86

Jelmer Brüggemann

Head of Division

+46 13 28 29 58

Carin Ennergård


+46 13 28 21 14