The Transdisciplinarity-Lab (TdLab) at the Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS) offers a rich and lively learning environment. Our research and teaching cross disciplinary boundaries and are organized in close collaboration with colleagues from different disciplinary backgrounds and stakeholders. Our work focuses on advancing theories and methods for inter- and transdisciplinary research.
We seek two doctoral researchers to join our team for the project «Investigating interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity: intersections of practices, culture(s) and policy in collaborative knowledge production» (INTERSECTIONS), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF-PRIMA). The new research group is part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and intellectually vibrant academic community working in science and technology studies (STS) and cultural studies of science.
This project studies interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research as means of achieving transformative change for solving societal challenges. Many factors act as obstacles to high-impact collaborative research, resulting in gaps and disconnections in practices and policy. We will explore the intersections among practices (researchers), cultures (knowledge) and policy (institutions) in order to improve the responsiveness of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to address scientific and societal challenges. Our main aim is advancing the theoretical and methodological foundations for investigating and promoting interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in research in Switzerland. It also focuses on the current policy debates around the impacts of and funding of collaborative research.
The research questions inquire: (i) what are the implications that methods have on how inter- and transdisciplinarity are understood, experienced, and supported; (ii) how inter- and transdisciplinary research help to address societal challenges in Switzerland and contribute to policy goals; and (iii) how disconnections between inter- and transdisciplinarity and the policy sector are overcome in Switzerland.
For this, we will apply different qualitative methods (ethnography, interviews and situational analysis) to study three National Centres of Competence (NCCR) in Switzerland; accounting for language evolution, migration, and materials design.
Your tasks as a PhD candidate include to:
This is a fixed term position (4 years). Start date: February 2022.
We are looking for inspiring students who want to work in and contribute to an interdisciplinary research environment.
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:
Deadline: October 31, 2021.
We will accept and review all applications received up until and including October 31, 2021. Interviews will be conducted shortly after the application deadline, in person or via a video conferencing tool.
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about TdLab (D-USYS) can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr Bianca Vienni Baptista, Tel +41 44 63 264 22 or email email@example.com (no applications).
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|Title||2 Ph.D. positions in science and technology studies / anthropology / sociology|
|Job location||Rämistrasse 101, 8006 Zurich|
|Published||September 21, 2021|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Social Anthropology,   Cultural Anthropology  |