Reannouncement: Early Stage Researcher (PhD) position in ‘Brexit, new Europe and newness Chasm: Cross-channel conceptualization of newness and tradition’ at Aalborg Universitet

At the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business and Management, a PhD scholarship in 'Brexit, new Europe and newness Chasm: Cross-channel conceptualization of newness and tradition’ is open for appointment on 1 October 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 ESR14: Brexit, new Europe and newness Chasm: Cross-channel conceptualization of newness and tradition
ESR14 will explore sharply divergent concepts of forward-newness-vs-backward-tradition that emerged during and after the Brexit campaign, which have major long term international, constitutional, economic, political and social ramifications relevant to the EU as a whole and to individual member states. The lead up to and the aftermath of Brexit indicate a deep and wide chasm of what is perceived as new, innovative (and why); and what is seen as old, traditional (and why); on the two sides of the English Channel. European integration is seen as progressive, new, innovative and futuristic in most of continental Europe; and by anti-Brexit forces in the UK. The same integration project is seen as old, ossified and innovation-stifling bureaucratic straitjacket by pro-Brexit forces in UK and in minority similar segments of continental Europe. Using some historical analysis and extensive interviewing, this theme will explore the nature of this cross-channel chasm of newness, how it arose and how it is likely to evolve and affect organisations in the UK and the EU. EU Value: understanding how to speed up and support innovation in post-Brexit era; understanding how to rejuvenate EU institutions and make them more agile in post-Brexit era.
Supervisory team:
Legitimation of Newness and Its Impact on EU Agenda for Change’ (LNETN) is an (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 .
  • 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 applicantsYou 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 . Should you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact Berit Klitgård Jakobsen or Romeo V. Turcan .

Application deadline12pm (Central European Time Zone), August 5, 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 .
  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.

The following guidelines or minimum requirements must be followed:
  • All files must be submitted in pdf format
  • File name: ApplicantLastname_docnumber_doctitle (e.g., Smith_2_CV)
  • A page outline: A4, 25mm on all margins, single space, Times New Roman 12
  • All documents must be English. Where necessary certified (notary) copies and translations into English must be provided.
  • For MSc abstract and other publication abstracts, provide – if available – in the respective files links to the full copies of these publications
  • Recommendation letters will: be from an academic supervisor, line manager, and/or company CEO; and contain referees’ contact details and name of applicant; File name: ApplicantlLastname_docnumber_doctitle_refereelastname(Smith_7_recommendation_Johnson)
  • For selected projects, you should explain in your research proposals how you would carry out the research for the projects selected. You should set out as precisely and clearly as possible what the main focus of your research will be, what your main research questions and proposed methodology will be, and what primary phenomena, texts, or materials you are aiming to examine. We are expecting candidates to place particular emphasis on Inter-disciplinary, Inter-sectoral, Inter-technology, International aspects. Please read carefully through the LNETN profile and ensure that your proposals meet our research objectives. File name: ApplicantLastname_docnumber_doctitle (e.g., Smith_6_ESR1)

Selection process

By Medio August 2020, the candidates will be shortlisted based on their applications. Informal enquiries are welcomed by the local on the respective ESR projects.
The assessment committee will consist of representatives of all four Beneficiaries.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview via Skype or other video conferencing media. The interviews will be conducted by the local .
The recruitment is expected to be finalized by Medio September 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 .

Work locations

All 15 ESRs will be recruited and hosted by project beneficiaries: Aalborg University, University of Glasgow, Halmstad University, and University of Oulu.
Each ESR will be seconded for 10 months to at least three members of the .


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 . 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.

Appeal procedure

All candidates will be notified of the decision of allocation of the scholarships by email in September. During the process applicants will be informed of the appeal process for the specific scholarship. Qualification requirements
The PhD scholarship has a duration of three years. Applicants to the PhD scholarship must hold a degree equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree. Applicants enrolled at a Danish Master programme who expect to graduate before the date of appointment must forward statement from thesis supervisor, verified transcripts, a copy of thesis contract and documentation for the date of their final exam.
The completion of the scholarship will be in accordance with the on the PhD Programme at the Universities No 1039 of 27 August 2013 (the PhD Order), and it is a prerequisite for allocation of a scholarship that enrolment as a PhD student at the takes place. According to the PhD Order, the PhD study comprises among other requirements: Participation in active research environments, including stays at other, mainly foreign, research institutions, private research enterprises etc.
Please find information on admission requirements for PhD positions on the website of the .
The complete application including attachments shall be sent electronically by selecting the "apply online" function on AAU’s job-portal (not other online job portals that may have reposted the position).
Please note that zipped files are not supported by the recruitment system, please upload only Word or PDF files.

The assessment of the applicants will be undertaken by an expert assessment committee.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications, the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered.
The Doctoral School draws your attention to the fact that the applicant's project description may be tested for plagiarism in the IT system iThenticate.
You may obtain further information regarding the academic contents of the position from Romeo V. Turcan, .
If you have questions regarding the procedure of applying for the position, please contact Mette Bjerring, .


Appointment and salary in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities No 242 of 13 March 2012 and The Ministry of Higher Education and Science Circular concerning the job structure for academic staff at universities of 19 August 2015. Salary will be in accordance with the agreements in force.

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