PhD opportunity in STS in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen is recruiting an Assistant Contextual Studies (50%). Starting date: 1 March 2020 (duration: 3 years)

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The position will provide assistance (50% work load) to the Contextual Studies Programme in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of St. Gallen. Contextual Studies is the largest teaching programme at the University of

St. Gallen, which comprises 25% of students' curriculum each semester. Preference will be given to those applicants, who will pursue a doctoral dissertation (discipline: Technology Studies, SHSS) in parallel to this part-time position and are accepted into the DOK-Programme at the University of St. Gallen. The main place of work will be St. Gallen.

The job will entail

  • Support of administrative team Contextual Studies at the University of St. Gallen; tasks include
    • Advice/support for lecturers of Contextual Studies and administrative support of the course (incl. technical support)
    • Coordination of student assistants
    • Accounting, payment transactions and bookings
    • Collaboration on temporary projects of Contextual Studies and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
Selection criteria
The successful candidate is expected to
  • have a M.A. (completed or close to completion) in science and technology studies or a related discipline (sociology, anthropology, human geography)
  • have experience in administrative, teaching and/or research assistance at university level
  • have experience in conducting qualitative research
  • have a demonstrated interest in contemporary social theory in general and science and technology studies in particular
  • have very good oral and written German and English language skills, experience with writing and publishing in English is an asset
  • to work well in a team
  • be flexible regarding working hours
  • take up residence in or around St. Gallen
About the position
we offer
  • opportunity to undertake doctoral degree in the DOK-Program of the University of St. Gallen (discipline: Technology Studies, SHSS)
  • opportunity to gain experience in programme management and administration
Application requirements
  • Cover letter, detailing your interest in the position and explaining why you consider yourself suitable for the position
  • Research proposal (1 page) outlining planned doctoral dissertation project in Science and Technology Studies
  • CV
  • The names and contact details of two persons to serve as referees
  • Certificates
  • Writing sample (paper or chapter)
Please submit above documents as one single pdf file via online portal. Submission deadline: 17th of January 2020. Interviews will take place in St. Gallen in week 6/2020 (3-7 February 2020).


Nähere Informationen

Prof. Tanja Schneider

Tel. +41 71 224 29 29