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Subject: [Air-L] Ph.D. and Post.doc scholarships: Virtual Worlds
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Ph.D. and Post.doc scholarships: Virtual Worlds

The research project "Sense-making strategies and user-driven
innovations in Virtual Worlds" (2008-2011) – funded by the Danish
Strategic Research Council, KINO – offers two full, 3-year Ph.D.
scholarships and one 2-year Post.doc scholarship. The start date is 1
July 2008
One of the Ph.D. and the Post.doc scholarship will be located in the
Research Group, Communication Forms and Knowledge Production,
Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies
(CBIT), Roskilde University. One Ph.D. scholarship will be located in
the research group, LIKE – Leadership, Innovation, Knowledge and
Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
(LPF), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

The overall aim of the research project is to gain theoretically- and
empirically-based insight into avatar-based virtual worlds as sites
for user-driven innovation. The project works with an understanding of
innovation as socially and culturally specific processes of
meaning-making in which learning takes place and knowledge is
constructed, negotiated and shared. One key focus point is the role of
conceptions of space, body and person in shaping the design and use
of, and changes in, avatar-based virtual worlds. Another key focus
point is how we can re-work existing theories and methods - including
approaches developed to study other forms of computer-mediated
interaction - in order to take account of the specific characteristics
of virtual worlds.

The project works within and across three topic areas in relation to
innovation in virtual worlds:
1) market dynamics and management, 2) social and cultural innovation
and 3) knowledge construction. We seek applications that propose
empirically-oriented Ph.D. and Post.doc projects either within one of
these topic areas or across two or all of the topic areas. More
information about the research project - including a detailed project
description - can be found at the project website http://worlds.ruc.dk.

The application should include:
• A project description outlining the research design, consisting of
research question(s) and aim(s), contribution to the research field,
theories and methods, and a research timetable (5 pages excluding
• CV listing relevant educational and professional qualifications and
• Maximum 5 publications (including masters' dissertation)

The application form can be downloaded at:

The Ph.D. scholarships entail that the students, over the 3-year
period of study, gain experience of teaching, or another type of
communication of knowledge, that is related as much as possible to the
Ph.D. project in progress. The extent of teaching/knowledge
communication is based on the Cirkulære om overenskomst for
akademikere i staten of 22 December 2005.

Salary and other conditions of employment are based on agreement
between the Ministry of Finance and AC.

Those who have obtained Masters' degrees (including Danish "Candidate"
degree) or expect to gain a Masters' degree in the near future can
apply for the Ph.D. scholarships, and those who have obtained a Ph.D.
degree or expect to gain a Ph.D. degree in the near future can apply
for the Post.doc scholarship.

Roskilde University encourages applications from all those who are
interested regardless of age, sex, religion or ethnicity.

To obtain further details about the scholarships, you are welcome to
contact Research manager, Associate Professor Sisse Siggaard Jensen,
Roskilde University, telephone 4674 3771 or email: sisse@ruc.dk, and
Associate Professor Maja Horst, Copenhagen Business School, telephone
3815 2826 or email mh.lpf@cbs.dk.

In 2009 one Ph.D. scholarship located in CBIT, Roskilde University and
one Post.Doc scholarship located in LPF, Copenhagen Business School
will be offered and advertised in spring 2009.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2008, 12 Noon. 5 copies of the
application (including 5 copies of each attached publication) should
be labelled "Ph.D./virtual worlds" and sent to:

Roskilde University
Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies
Ph.D. administration: Annette Nørballe
Postbox 260, Building. 42.2.15
4000 Roskilde

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