PhD scholarships in Datafied Living

Updated: 22 days ago
Deadline: 10 Nov 2020

The Dept of Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen invites applications for 2 PhD scholarships in Datafied Living. The scholarships are fully funded for 3 years and will be filled on 1 January 2021 or as soon as possible after that.

The project
The PhD scholarships are part of the research project Datafied Living, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), and will be based on the research activities outlined in this project. Datafied Living is an interdisciplinary and collective research project that combines infrastructural and user-centric studies of self- and other forms of person-based tracking in digital systems to understand the conditions for human flourishing in an age of datafication. The project core is a deep and multi-method empirical investigation of how tracking of people is orchestrated across key contexts of everyday life: personal life, work life and in the institutions of the welfare state. The project is theoretically grounded at the intersection between communication theory, infrastructure studies and data studies, but the team will draw theoretical insights from adjacent areas, including (but not limited to) ethics, political economy and surveillance studies.

The project will offer the selected PhD candidate an opportunity to participate in pioneering work to deepen empirical understanding of the scope and scale of person-based tracking and its consequences for people and to combine data-driven and fieldwork methods in media and communication research. The successful candidates will be working in a dedicated team alongside senior and junior scholars, including PhDs and postdocs.

Job content
The PhD fellow is expected to contribute to all phases of the project, whence applicants with prior experience with a range of empirical methods and a background in digital communication research or similar fields are ideal.

As PhD fellow in Datafied Living you are expected to contribute to the empirical studies of Danes’ experiences and practices regarding self- and other person-based tracking across domains of everyday living, independently and in collaboration with the research team. One PhD is expected to work specifically with tracking in the personal domain, and one will primarily be researching tracking in the context of work and organizational activities. The successful candidates are expected to contribute to formulating research ideas, doing empirical fieldwork and data analysis, co-authoring academic publications, participate in project seminars and are expected to pursue a minimum three months research stay with one of the project’s international collaborators.

The successful candidates will furthermore participate in courses and conferences to strengthen their research skills, and will carry out well-defined teaching activities corresponding to one semester’s work at the Department of Communication.

The successful candidates will have good command of fieldwork and /or computational social science methods. The candidates should have an interest in understanding the wider social significance and embedding of surveillance technologies, and in interdisciplinary work that combines methods and theories from diverse academic fields.

For further information about the position, please contact project PI, Assoc. Prof. Stine Lomborg (

Admission requirements
Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent.

Applicants must send pre-approval of their thesis if it’s not completed at the time of the application deadline.

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish that their Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Please read more at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences website:

Qualification Requirements
The applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship are evaluated by the applicant’s general educational and academic background.  Grade average, thesis grade, language competencies, publications, and other academic activities will be taken into account.

In addition, the proposed PhD project and study plan will be evaluated with regard to originality, choice of theory and method, disciplinary relevance, and prospects for completion within the required timeframe of 36 months.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to present research activities at the department.

Communication skills
Excellent communication skills in English are essential and applicants must speak and write academic English. The administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time in the recruitment process, if considered necessary.

Application requirements
The application must be sent electronically via the link "Search online" at the bottom of the page in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP files may not be used.

Please note that each field in the applicant form can only contain one file of max 20 Mb.

The application must include:

Project abstract
(1,200 characters)

Cover letter


Please include a complete CV including a list of publications, where relevant.  

Diploma and transcript of records 

Applicants must upload the following documentation:

A copy of master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted) 

A copy of master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included) 

A copy of bachelor’s degree diploma 

A copy of bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included) 

If the master diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.

The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made or approved by a state-authorized translator and interpreter or at the embassy/a Danish consulate/ or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made. 

The administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. Find more information at this page:

Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate. Read more at this page:

Please read about admission requirements and application requirements at this page:  

Applicants can amend their application after submission up until the application deadline.

Project description
Project descriptions should outline the overall objectives, method and design of the project, as well as a schedule for its implementation.

The project proposal must not exceed 6 standard pages, corresponding to approx. 12,000 characters (including curriculum, title, punctuation, figures, footnotes and references, but excluding bibliography / bibliography). A substantial breach of this will result in the application being excluded from consideration.

Please adhere to the guidelines at this page:

Other relevant material
Statements of consent can be submitted with the application. For example, agreement of access to special archives, agreement of exchange at an international university, or a statement of consent from a potential supervisor/ co-supervisor etc. Do not upload or submit recommendations, publications or your Masters thesis.

The recruitment process
After the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are shortlisted for assessment or not. An Assessment Committee are appointed and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of this committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application.

Afterwards, a selection of qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Please be advised that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.

For further information on the recruitment process, please see University of Copenhagen’s website: . 

As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete PhD courses of a total approximating 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD program, you must submit a PhD thesis.  

Read more about the structure of the PhD program and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD scholar at the Faculty of Humanities via this link:

For more information about the PhD School read more at this page:

Terms of employment
PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years. These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas.

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.   

As an equal opportunity employer the university invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

Contact information
For any further questions regarding the recruitment process please contact HR employee Mette Christensen, e-mail:, please refer to ID number 211-0571/20-2H.

Application deadline
Applicants must submit the application electronically no later than 10 November 2020 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CET).  

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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