2010-02-11 12:11:02 GMT
>From K.Ravi Srinivas
I am an academic/researcher working on, inter alia, open source models and approaches in non-software contexts
Some of my publications are in
I want to bring to your attention this opportunity.Candidates from Europe/Netherlands/India please contact the Secretary of the CTC research unit: Bea Prijn (bea.prijn-kYp8Ca87YEA@public.gmane.org) or prof.dr. Guido Ruivenkamp for more details.
JOB ADVERT -Job ReferenceSSG-CTC-0002
Job TitlePhD NWO-WOTRO Integrated program
Job Advert Details
We are looking for Two PhD researchers willing to investigate open source and common knowledge approaches in plant breeding research.
As a PhD researcher you are expected:
• To identify and “follow” the use of open source tools (markers) and genes in different institutional settings in India and the Netherlands;
• To study whether and how these open source and common approaches change and/or reduce the dichotomies between technology-designers and technology-users and between private/public and common knowledge production systems; and
• To indicate how open source and common approaches create new opportunities for tailoring biotechnologies to location-specific needs of development.
The objective of the research program - “Open source and commons in India and the Netherlands: New perspectives for development?” - is to develop insights in the (im)possibilities for an open source knowledge approach in plant biotechnology development and for developing crop varieties as commons; varieties possessed and developed in common.
The research will be focused on participatory plant breeding research activities linked to the development of new plant varieties for low-income farmers in dry-land areas of Andhra Pradesh, India.
As PhD researchers it is expected that you develop and apply a critically-based, technographic research methodology-technographic in the sense that it aims to map, analyze and deconstruct open source and commons plant breeding research activities; critical in the sense that it considers relations of power in plant breeding technologies and indicates opportunities for institutional rearrangements to strengthen the negotiating power position of stakeholders and resource-poor client groups.
• MSc in social sciences or MSc in plant sciences in combination with a minor in social sciences.
• Knowledge of science and technology studies and/or in critical social theory;
• Proved interest in science and technology studies, preferably in the field of plant sciences.
• Fluent in English.
• Capable to work in a team, composed of 4 PhD researchers, one post-doc researcher and two senior researchers focusing on analyzing on open source and commons knowledge approaches.
We offer you a fulltime (38 hours) employment for 18 months with a possible extension of 30 months after a positive evaluation.
Allowance per month € 900,- for the period in India and € 1300,- per month for the period in The Netherlands. (based on fulltime employment).
Additional information can be obtained from:
Secretary of the CTC research unit: Bea Prijn (bea.prijn-kYp8Ca87YEA@public.gmane.org)
Head of the research unit: prof.dr. Guido Ruivenkamp (tel.0031-317-484178)
Please apply via the button on this page.
Only applications sent to our website will be taken in consideration.
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The research group Critical Technology Construction (CTC) is part of the Social Sciences Department of Wageningen university. CTC focuses its research on the social and political dimensions in technology developments, acknowledging that technology is not only about material processes, but also about social processes. CTC holds to an approach called “critical constructivism”. In this context constructivism refers to an idea that technologies are socially constructed, while critical, derived from critical theory, refers to a consideration of social forces and power relations in technology development.
Primary research interests of the group are in:
• Modern biotechnology and genomics and the role they play in international agricultural development and food production;
• Possibilities for reconstructing biotechnological products and processes to endogenous developments,
• Open source and commons approaches in knowledge production.
Other areas of interests are the converging of nano-, bio-, informatic, and cognito-technologies, changes in intellectual property regimes (from patenting to sharing) and role of geographic information systems in land-use planning.
As a social sciences research unit we are participating in various interdisciplinary research projects aiming to reconstruct the social dimensions in biotechnological and genomics developments (see www.ctc.wur.nl).
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