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PhD position in Modern Food Systems and Local Sustainable Development – in Guldborgsund Municipality

Roskilde Universitet (RUC)

The Doctoral School of People and Technology Roskilde University invites applications for a fully funded interdisciplinary 3-year PhD position in Modern Food Systems and Local Sustainable Development in cooperation with Guldborgsund municipality.

We are looking for inspired and inspiring researchers who want to work in and contribute to an exciting interdisciplinary research environment at the intersection of socio-technology and food studies. The position as PhD scholar is limited to 3 years and starts at 1. August 2020.

Description of PhD project
This PhD project will develop directions and roadmaps both on material/practical and governance levels and zooming in on Guldborgsund.

The PhD project itself, is a part of a strategic collaboration between Roskilde University and Guldborgsund municipality and will investigate the potential of regionalized food systems as driver of rural development. The specific research design and research question will be developed as a part of the project cooperation.

For a number of years, the research community that this PhD project will be embedded in at Roskilde University, has played a key role in the development of research in food systems, and this PhD project will thus add a new element to the dynamic and interdisciplinary research community at Roskilde University. This research community has a number of national and international projects within, for example, living food lab projects, circular and regenerative food systems, food waste, development of methods, competencies and tools for sustainable transition in the agro-food system in collaboration with leading international partners etc.

The overall aim of this PhD project is: i) at a theoretical-methodological basis to map and characterize the food system (food shed) in the Guldborgsund region. This entails concepts for identifying, characterizing and qualifying the actors, discourses and stakeholders relevant to and for the local food system or potentially vital in the developing innovation and collaboration and, ii) based on this, develop a concept for a sustainable, healthy and regenerative food system for this area and its greater system. The aim should be to develop a roadmap that consider feasible and practical circumstances for the area, while documenting the methodology in order for replication in other specified areas or food regions, and iii) contribute to the international research body on sustainable food systems and food studies.

This project is feeding into a strong multisector regional emphasis on food system developments and the specific research question and design must be developed as a part of the PhD project.

The research is expected to develop and apply theoretical-methodological perspectives informed by Science-Technology Studies (STS) and similar relevant socio-technical theories applied to the research area of food studies and agro-ecology. This includes strongholds on applying analytical perspectives as for example follow the actor, actor mapping and mapping of material/economic flows, as well as decision-making capacity throughout the governance system. The theoretical academic works is expected to be published in relevant international journals in cooperation with colleagues involved in the cooperation.

For further details please refer to https://typo3.ruc.dk/fileadmin/assets/imt/Links/Description_of_PhD_project_-_modern_food_systems_and_local_sustainable_development_FULL_TEXT.pdf

The research School
You will be enrolled as a PhD student in the PhD program in Society, Space and Technology in the doctoral school of People and Technology. The program is concerned with critical constructive research that may contribute to improve living conditions in society at large and in peoples everyday life. The PhD research profile is predominantly applying interdisciplinary approaches and has a strong focus on sustainable development and public participation.

You will be involved in the research group METRIK and furthermore associated to the research area ”Food Systems and Agroecology” at Roskilde University and you will also be associated to the strategic cooperation between RUC and Guldborgsund Municipality and their agro-food networks. Also broader regional, national and international networks will be of relevance. This implies that you in the project period will allocate time and resources in the field.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (https://ufm.dk/en/legislation/prevailing-laws-and-regulations/education/files/engelsk-ph-d-bekendtgorelse.pdf).

The yearly salary scale (included pension) is between 365416 and 445267 Danish kroner/ 48907 and 59593,99 Euro (depending on seniority). https://dm.dk/din-loen/offentligt-ansat/satser-for-forskning-og-undervisning/loen-phd-stipendiater

You must hold a master’s degree or equivalent within techno-sociology or similar. Qualifications within the following areas are required

  • Food Studies or the like
  • Qualitative theory and methodologies

We also emphasize the following qualifications:

  • You are required to possess good communication skills and to be a visible involved participant in the department’s daily activities in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department
  • The application must be submitted in English and excellent English skills are necessary for engaging in the academic life and for the written work
  • For the empirical work and dialogue, it is mandatory for the successful applicant to this PhD position, to have full conduct of Danish in speaking, reading and writing, as much work will involve interviews, cooperation and dialogue with many Danish speaking stakeholders and informants
  • Familiarity with STS concepts and/or experience with qualitative social science research methods are highly desirable
  • Experience with public engagement and participation is also considered an advantage
  • The project requires a deep interest in working with the food systems and across different disciplines and knowledge cultures
  • We are looking for an original innovative researcher that both can contribute to theorizing as well as to the construction of better practices at a local and national level.

PhD project description
The PhD position is a unique possibility to focus and concentrate on a 3-year PhD research project. Your application must be attached a description (five-six pages) of the PhD project you would like to pursue. The description of your suggested PhD project should address the project assessment criteria’s listed below, and outline the project’s 1) scientific purpose, relevance and novelty 2) research questions 3) theories and methods 4) envisioned empirical work, 5) project plan.

The assessment regarding enrollment consideration will be given to the following criteria:

  • Relevant Master’s degree or equivalent (according to Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/transparency-tools/qualifications-frameworks/other-qualifications-frameworks/danish-qf-for-higher-education?set_language=en&cl=en).
  • Any additional academic requirements stated in the job advertisement.
  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications
  • Grades at Master’s programme or equivalent
  • Ability to complete the PhD project

The assessment of the PhD project description will be given to the following criteria:

  • Quality relevance and novelty of the project description and research questions, including:
  • Quality and relevance of the methodological and theoretical choices
  • Considerations regarding the experience with the above mentioned cooperation
  • If the PhD project and project plan seem realistic and feasible
  • Relevance of the project to the profile of the Doctoral School, PhD program, and associated research group

For further information about the position, please contact:

PhD-program leader, Professor Jonas Larsen (jonaslar@ruc.dk) or project leader, Professor Niels Heine Kristensen (nheinek@ruc.dk).

Terms of employment
The employment is on full time and you will refer to Head of Department Anders Siig Andersen. The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/

Only applications in English are accepted.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter

2. CV

3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent

4. Your description of the PhD project

5. Your time schedule of the PhD project

6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.

Please submit your application no later than May 29th 2020.

Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Application deadline:
29 May 2020

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