2 funded PhD positions at Virginia Tech Sociology

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Maaz Gardezi

Dec 1, 2021, 4:21:14 PM12/1/21
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I am recruiting 2 PhD students in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech for Fall 2022 or earlier. Successful applicants will join a large interdisciplinary and multi-institution team through a NSF-funded research project on responsible innovation and governance of big data and artificial intelligence in food and agricultural systems.


Graduate Research Assistantships: Successful candidates will receive secured funding for up to three years and additional funding from future grants or other campus units.


Project theme: Successful candidates will work closely with a vibrant community of faculty, research partners in the industry and non-profit sectors, and graduate and undergraduate students, and use interdisciplinary theories and participatory research methods to examine how innovation and governance of emerging technologies can become more socially just and environmentally sustainable.



·       Completion of MS degree prior to start date (in sociology or a related field)

·       Working knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methods

·       Excellent written and oral communication skills


Application process: There are two steps to the application process:

1.      Send an email to Maaz Gardezi (ma...@vt.edu) by December 15, 2021 with a short description of your background and interests relevant to this position.

2.      Visit here to understand the Sociology PhD application requirements and submit your application online. Application deadline for full consideration is January 15, 2022.


About Virginia Tech: Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.


Sociology at Virginia Tech: https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/department-of-sociology.html


Life in Blacksburg, Virginia: https://vt.edu/campus-life/discover-blacksburg.html


Questions: Send all questions to Maaz Gardezi: ma...@vt.edu

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