PhD scholarship in Public Communication of Artifical Intelligence

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DTU Management invites applications for a 3-year position as PhD student in the Responsible Technology Group. In the group, we focus on the processes through which technologies are developed and implemented in a socially sustainable and responsible manner in order to benefit society. In particular, we are researching the role of values and communication in the processes of technological innovation.

The PhD position is in Science and Technology Studies with a focus on public communication, sociology of innovation and responsible innovation. Our objective with the project is to study public communication on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to describe opportunities and challenges for the future development of AI in society. We aim to provide valuable knowledge in handling communicative aspects of responsible AI in Europe and contribute to an unfolding research agenda in innovation communication.

Responsibilities and tasks
In the project, we adopt a perspective of studying innovation communication as an integrated part of the research and innovation process. Communication is therefore not an add-on to AI development, but a constituent part of how technologies can and will be developed. High expectations can generate positive development, but such expectations can also be counterproductive. Empirically, we will focus on Denmark (or possibly Germany) within the European framework for development of AI. Theoretically, our aim is to bridge between Responsible Innovation and Public Communication of Science and Technology.

The project is multi-method in character and we will use different data sources and analytical strategies for triangulation. We focus on the period after 2014 when notions of machine learning brought AI to the fore in European public discourse. Data sources will include:

  • Policy documents on AI research and innovation from Denmark and EU
  • Public opinion formation in mass and social media. The project will include quantitative and qualitative content analysis of the public debate about AI in legacy and social media
  • Key Informant interviews with actors in business, policy and research

As a successful candidate, you will work in close collaboration with the supervisor, Maja Horst, but will also be expected to carry out research tasks independently. In particular, you will be responsible for developing the methodological framework for media analysis. During the appointment, you will spend 6 months at the Munich Center for Technology in Society at Technical University of Munich where you will undertake comparative analysis with a PhD student working on a similar project.

You should have a relevant two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar qualification with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. A relevant background could be a degree in Science and Technology Studies, Media and Communication or Sociology. Knowledge of and experience with media research methods will be an advantage.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and you will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

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 appointment terms
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 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Maja Horst, tel.: +45 20286866 or .

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Please submit your online application no later than 5 May 2020 (23:59 local time)
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )
  • A short (1 page) research statement of how you would shape the project and how that match your competences and qualifications

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Management conducts high-level research and teaching with a focus on sustainability, transport, innovation, and management science. Our goal is to create knowledge on the societal aspects of technology. We explore and create value in the areas of management science, innovation and design thinking, business analytics, systems and risk analyses, human behavior, regulation, and policy analysis. The department offers teaching from introductory to advanced courses/projects at BSc, MSc, and PhD level. The Department has a staff of approximately 350. Read more 
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