PhD position available in ‘Fluid ethics and legitimation of newness’ under the MSCA-ITN Fellowship Programme in Denmark

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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 www.lnetn.aau.dk.

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

**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 bkj@business.aau.dk or Romeo V. Turcan rvt@business.aau.dk

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

How to apply:

The application pack must include:

  1. A motivation letter (1 page).
  2. A Curriculum Vitae detailing employment and academic history with residence information at least for the past three years listing the names and contact details of your three referees; the European CV format shall be used that can be accessed here.
  3. A copy of academic degree(s) and respective transcripts.
  4. An abstract of masters or other relevant thesis (1 page).
  5. Abstracts (1 page per abstract) for any other publications, academic or non-academic, where the applicant is an author and/or co-author.
  6. A research proposal for selected ESR project; maximum length of a proposal is 1000 words (excluding bibliography). There is no limit on number of projects that can be applied for.
  7. Three written recommendation letters attesting to the applicant’s academic standing and potential.

Selection process:

By Medio November 2020, the candidates will be shortlisted based on their applications. Informal enquiries are welcomed by the local LNETN Project Leaders on the respective ESR projects.

The assessment committee will consist of representatives of all four Beneficiaries.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview via Skype or other video conferencing media. The interviews will be conducted by the local LNETN teams.

The recruitment is expected to be finalized by November 2020.

Applicants to the programme will be assessed on the basis of high academic achievement, the fit of individual projects with the LNETN Profile, and an assessment of each candidate’s potential and commitment to complete high-quality research. Principles of gender equality will also be taken into account.

The LNETN consortium selection committee assesses each application according to the following criteria:

  • Research proposal(s): 30%
  • Motivation letter: 25%
  • CV: 20%
  • Recommendation letters: 15%
  • Other (e.g. relevant research/professional experiences/interests): 10%


Recruitment and employment:

LNETN consortium is committed to open, transparent, impartial and equitable recruitment and employment process and operation, including a fair gender representation and access for candidates with disabilities (all consortium members have disability units and facilities to support candidates with a disability).

The evaluation criteria will include inter alia demonstration of excellence in academic and/or non-academic performance, scientific skills, high motivation, relevance of research experience, ability to work in international and multi-cultural settings, ability to work collaboratively in teams, credibility, and the impact of the proposed training on ESR career.

The successful candidates will receive a 36-month, full-time employment contract as per MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. More details about recruitment, employability and other related matters you may find here.



Recruited ESRs will be supervised by a joint supervision team consisting of a main supervisor (from hosting university), co-supervisor and non-academic mentor.

Each ESR will be seconded for 10 months (app. 30% of time) period for training and research in at least three members of the Consortium. Mentoring and seconding of ESRs by non-academic partners will follow a similar approach to European Industrial Doctorates, including strong engagement with industry and secondments at other academic and non-academic project participants.

ESRs will be embedded in existing doctoral training structures and benefit from interactions with other researchers and faculty at hosting and seconded institutions, as well as bespoke LNETN training programme delivered by academic and non-academic experts from around the world, and the opportunity to gain teaching experience.

Each ESR will accumulate a minimum of 30 ECTS credits, recognized and certificated by all members of the Consortium for training. Each ESR will deliver by the end of a 36-month employment period a PhD/Doctoral dissertation and at least three academic outputs to be agreed in collaboration with their supervisors.

For more details, click here.