PhD candidate for ERC project ‘Worlds of Lithium’

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 30 Apr 2020

Are you interested in doing research in Norway, and specifically in the field of the anthropology of natural resources, energy transitions and lithium-ion batteries recycling? Is it your ambition to become a top-tier researcher?

The Department of Anthropology  is seeking a PhD candidate for the for the ERC Starting Grant project ‘Worlds of Lithium: a multi-sited and transnational study of transitions towards post-fossil fuel societies’, led by Dr Cristóbal Bonelli (Anthropology, University of Amsterdam). The PhD track is part of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)  programme group Health Care and the Body .

Project description

Worlds of Lithium is a multi-sited and transnational study that examines how the strategic replacement of fossil fuels with electric transport powered by lithium-ion batteries is taking place in Chile, the largest lithium producer worldwide, China, the world leader in lithium-ion battery production, and Norway, likely to become the world’s first ‘zero emission’ electric vehicle country. The overall research questions of the project are: How do planetary strategies to decarbonize transport act upon the landscapes and societies where a) lithium is extracted, b) turned into technology and c) used and potentially reused and recycled? How can the different ways in which these strategies take place inform non-destructive approaches to collaborative responsible actions to phase out fossil fuels—or decrease their utilization?

As a PhD candidate of the ‘Worlds of Lithium’ team, you will be responsible for studying and documenting the different interrelated knowledges and practices though which different actors - scientists, grassroots communities, policy makers, lithium-ion battery recyclers- engage with and make sense of sustainable transitions towards post-fossil fuel societies in Norway. You will study how the processes through which lithium-ion batteries are being transformed into recycled material are currently acting upon markets and fostering scientific experimentation in Norway,    a country that faces the formidable challenge of trying to recycle massive volumes of spent lithium batteries by the year 2025.   

The person appointed will be affiliated with the AISSR’s organized PhD training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty of Social Sciences with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD.

 What will you be doing?

  • You will be a PhD candidate at the ‘Worlds of Lithium’ research team, which will also include scholars studying lithium-ion battery production in China and lithium extraction in Chile;
  • you are expected to conduct 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Norway;
  • for the remainder of the employment period, you are expected to live in Amsterdam and take active part in the research environment at the AISSR;
  • teaching (up to 10% of your time) and organizational support for the project leader will be part of your job responsibilities.

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