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Message posted on 19/07/2022

Vacancy: Doctoral researcher: Scientific data practices and data centres

Dear colleagues,

please forward to your (former) students:

We are looking for a doctoral researcher to conduct ethnographic research of scientific data practices and their ecological relevance. Data are central to knowledge production, but at the same time their storage and processing demand energy and raw materials. What role do energy use and the consumption of raw materials play in decisions about data processing methods and about how long data are stored? What trade-offs and negotiations unfold when scientific data infrastructures are established, and what are their consequences for scientific knowledge production, for collaboration in science, and for their ecological impact? What scientific, social, and ecological values and conventions play a role in these negotiations? Researching these questions, the project will contribute to understanding data infrastructures - whose immateriality is often suggested by terms such as "virtual," or "cloud" – as social, material, and ecological. In researching data infrastructures, the project will focus primarily on data centres, since these are, on the one hand, centrally important for science and, on the other hand, also have an increasing ecological impact.

We welcome applicants, who would like to work in a large collaborative research centre, and who are interested in being part of an inspiring and vibrant research community and to conduct research in a team. We particularly welcome applications with a university degree (Master) in the field of Science & Technology Studies, social or cultural anthropology, sociology, or a related social science discipline.

Please follow this link

for the official announcement (in German – here is a translation). If you have inquiries of any kind, do not hesitate to contact the project leader on We look forward to your application by 25. July 2022.

-- Prof. Dr. Estrid Sørensen Faculty of Social Science Chair of Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge Centre for Anthropological Knowledge in Scientific and Technological Cultures - CAST Ruhr-University Bochum Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaft, Postfach 80 Universitätsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum

Building: GD E1/249 Tel.: +49-(0)234 32 27947 / +49 (0)234 32 - 28167

RUSTlab: Universitätstr. 104, 2.34

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