Postdoc in Networks of Expertise of the green transition - the case of energy islands - DTU Wind

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If you are establishing your career as a social scientist within Science & Technology Studies (STS) and interested in engaging with cutting-edge engineering sciences in the realm of the energy transition, it is right here in front of you. At DTU Wind and Energy Systems, in the Society, Market and Policy Section (SMP), you will as a postdoc break new ground together with the STS-based research team working on the excellence project ‘Good-by-Devicing – probing how value comes to matter in the energy transition’ funded by the European Research Council (ERC). 

Responsibilities and qualifications
As postdoctoral researcher in the ERC project “Good-by-Devicing – probing how value comes to matter”, you will be involved in establishing a new ‘sociology of devicing’ within STS, at the intersection of Valuation Studies, The Good Economy, and Networks of Expertise. 

The focus of the ERC-project project is to offer a new understanding of how, and by whom and with what devices, energy islands in Denmark (in the North Sea, and Baltic Energy Island Bornholm) have become valued and qualified as ‘good’, and with what consequences for whose concerns and values are being included/excluded in the design of the energy transition. Of particular interest are valuation struggles between entrenched and alternative (and/or marginalized) networks of expertise, and the exploration of how to ‘value otherwise’, to make for a more ‘just’ and ‘sustainable’ energy transition. 

You will work closely with the principal investigator as well as other STS-scholars in the ERC project, in addition to academic partners and industrial players in Denmark as well as abroad. As postdoctoral researcher in the Good-by-Devicing project, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Lead a historical analysis and systematic literature review of how and by whom energy islands and their technologies over time have been construed as ‘good’. 
  • Participate in ethnographic fieldwork such as conducting expert interviews (e.g. with scientists and civil servants) and interviews on Bornholm to map valuation struggles, as well as participating in multi-sited ethnography in scientific laboratories and engineering ‘control-rooms’. This serves to map (mis)translation of marginalised concerns into critical valuation devices (e.g. procurement schemes, simulation tools, energy scenarios). 
  • Feed in findings from the literature review and expert interviews to the work of other scientists in the ERC-project working on a scientometric analysis, which will form the basis for multi-stakeholder workshops and a digital sprint, experimenting with how to do valuations ‘differently’.
  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects (particularly in the course ‘Socio-technical Dimensions of Renewable Energy’), and be co-supervisor for PhD students.
  • Conduct a two-month research stay at TIK, University of Oslo. 
  • Publish findings in high-ranking journals within the field.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). 

Experience with ethnographic fieldwork is needed, as well as with conducting literature reviews.

Danish language proficiency is considered an advantage.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and terms of employment 
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is two years. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Julia Kirch Kirkegaard, Department of Wind and Energy Systems, [email protected]  

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Application procedure 
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 7 April 2024 (23:59 Danish time)

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Society, Market and Policy (SMP) section where you will be employed is part of the Wind Energy Systems Division at DTU’s Department for Wind and Energy Systems. The ERC project will, within SMP, form part of an STS-based research group on Science, Technology Innovation (STI), with synergies to other projects being conducted. In the SMP section, we work towards a sustainable and just energy system and perform multi-disciplinary social science research in the technological, economic and societal nexus of wind energy. We use qualitative and quantitative methods, empirical data, interviews, case studies, financial modelling, socio-economic and policy analysis to study wind energy project development, environmental impacts, social interactions, markets, policy, and industry processes.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Job Info
  • Job Identification 3345
  • Job Category VIP B
  • Posting Date 03/15/2024, 03:23 AM
  • Apply Before 04/07/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Frederiksborgvej 399, Roskilde, 4000, DK

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