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Early stage researcher PhD position in ‘fluid ethics and legitimation of newness’

Early stage researcher PhD position in ‘fluid ethics and legitimation of newness’ (MSCA-ITN-ETN-860364-LNETN)

At the Faculty of Social Sciences, Aalborg University Business School, a PhD scholarship in Early Stage Researcher (PhD) position in ‘Fluid ethics and legitimation of newness’ (MSCA-ITN-ETN-860364-LNETN) is open for appointment on 1 December 2020 or as soon as possible.

Job Description

Apply now for EU funded support to undertake cutting edge research within a high level European Training Network consortium of four research intensive EU universities. You will benefit from a team approach, integrated international mobility, high level subject and transferable skills development oriented to your future employment in research and the wider economy.

This specific ESR (PhD) position is for ESR4: Fluid ethics and legitimation of newness

ESR4 will develop new conceptual frameworks for understanding fluid ethics. With the Oxford English Dictionary declaring ‘post-truth’ as the word-of-the-year for 2016, the world has entered a new period of fluid ethics. This project will explore three cases to understand how the new forms of emergent fluid ethics impact existing and contribute to the creation of new institutions in these settings: energy & environment, migration & work, and health & nutrition. ESR4 will lay the groundwork for new conceptual frameworks for understanding fluid ethics, which have become important to grasp the role of social media in shaping collective behaviour at all levels, institutional, competitive and individual. She will explore three fields: energy and environment, migration and work, and health and nutrition - to understand how fluid ethics influence existing institutions and contribute to the creation of new institutions. Ethics are crucial not only to our understanding of the relationship between social goals and wealth creation missions, but also of relationships between NGOs and for-profit ventures.

Supervisory team: Romeo V. Turcan (AAU, host), Jillian Gordon (GU), Chris Mould (SHAFT)

Legitimation of Newness and Its Impact on EU Agenda for Change’ (LNETN) is an EU-funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). It is the first ITN to combine Newness, Legitimation and Theory Building. It is designed to train a new generation of Doctoral Graduates with Inter-disciplinary, Inter-sectoral, Inter-technology, International and transferable knowledge, skills and broad vision. More information about the project can be found on

LNETN offers 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR)* positions to begin on October 1, 2020 or soon thereafter. The list of all 15 ESR PhD projects is available here.

*Note1: Based on national legislation, each beneficiary might have different types of ESR, e.g., Doctoral student, PhD student, or PhD candidate. However, the definition of ESR as per below is used to define eligibility criteria.

Call for applicants

You should be a passionate high achieving, early stage researcher, wishing to enrich your intellectual development and career potential through Inter-disciplinary, Inter-sectoral, Inter-technology and International mobility, coupled with high level training in research and transferable competences.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must – at the date of recruitment – be within the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have a doctoral degree**
  • Must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you have been recruited for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date
  • Must demonstrate English proficiency (ability to communicate fluently in English, in oral and written form). This may include a sample of writing or attainment of a degree instructed in English
  • Must have a master degree or an equivalent qualification and/or experience at the equivalent level in the academic and/or non-academic environment

Application deadline

12pm (Central European Time Zone), October 16, 2020.

**Note2: For ITN projects research experience means any professional or academic research activity acquired in any research field in the public or private sector. When calculating the first four years of an ESR's research career, the time spent as full time equivalent research experience is considered and part-time research experience should be counted pro-rata, not as full-time. For example: a candidate who obtained their degree entitling them to embark on a doctorate five years ago and spent the equivalent of two years attending taught classes or working outside of any researcher field and then three years gaining research experience is still eligible as ESR: They are considered to have three years’ research experience. More information about eligibility criteria you may find here. Should you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact Berit Klitgård Jakobsen [email protected] or Romeo V. Turcan [email protected]

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