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Message posted on 10/08/2022

PhD Fellow in Science and Technology Studies: Living Materials, Participatory Prototyping and Future Making

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Dear colleagues,

There is an open PhD position in STS at TIK-Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, with deadline on September 15th. Further details below, please distribute broadly.

Kind regards, Ana

Associate Professor TIK Centre for Technology Innovation and Culture/Faculty of Social Sciences University of Oslo

PhD Fellow in Science and Technology Studies: Living Materials, Participatory Prototyping and Future Making One position as PhD Fellow is available at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo. The position is affiliated with FUNGATERIA, an interdisciplinary project funded by the European Commission to develop a new type of microbial-based material. Engineered Living Materials (ELMs) are likely to become part of our everyday life, with applications in a wide range of areas such as healthcare and construction materials. The PhD candidate will use Science and Technology Studies (STS) approaches to investigate living materials as existing in possible future worlds with a focus on social, regulatory and policy implications. The PhD candidate will be working in FUNGATERIA work package seven (WP7), led by Associate Professor Ana Delgado. The appointment is for a fixed term position for a period of three years. The position might include teaching, grading etc. at TIK in which case the project will be extended accordingly up until a maximum of 4 years. The PhD candidate will be part of the Science and Technology Studies group at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, and will have the opportunity to be part of a vibrant intellectual environment.

About the project

Imagine a world in which walls and everyday life things surrounding you are living. Engineered Living Materials (ELMs) are envisioned as enabling a wide range of solutions towards a transition to greener economies. The FUNGATERIA consortium works to prototype a microbial-based living material that can be used in diverse areas such as construction and healthcare. ELMs are qualified as being ‘smart materials’ in so far as they take advantage from intrinsic properties of life such as the capacity for self-repairing. This also creates challenges regarding the programmability of ELMs, and the ways in which these materials can be designed to behave in a controlled way over time. Anticipating futures through activities such as modelling is key to design activities in FUNGATERIA.

FUNGATERIA is organized in seven teams collaborating across European universities. The team based at the University of Oslo coordinates WP7 - ELM Futures. WP-7 develops methods to include citizens’ ways of imagining futures and engaging with future making, with a special focus on the programmability of EMLs and anticipatory projections. The PhD candidate will be part of the WP7 team, which work includes exploring and mapping issues of public concern regarding ELMs. This will be done both in non-fictional media and in science fiction, as well as through participatory modeling and prototyping. WP7 joins together Science and Technology Studies, Design and Media Studies, and possibly Bioart.

The specific design of the PhD project, such as the choice of case, methods and theoretical framework, will depend on the candidate’s academic background and project proposal, and will be developed together with WP7 leader.

Partners in FUNGATERIA are the Danish Royal Academy for Architecture, Design and Conservation, The Free University of Brussels, The University of Ghent, University of Utrecht, University of the West of England, Bristol and the University of Oslo. The project builds on interdisciplinary collaborations, and all partners are involved in communication, public engagement and dissemination activities. For more information about the project contact:

Find information about this position, including how to apply here. The call is open until September 15th.

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