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PhD Research Fellowships in Political Science

University of Oslo - Department of Political Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Oslo - Norway
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: NOK501,200 to NOK534,400 or £42,153.43 to £44,945.71 (converted salary*) per year, pay grade 54-59
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th June 2022
Closes: 1st September 2022
Job description

The Department of Political Science is recruiting three - four PhD Research Fellows (SKO 1017).

We invite applications from excellent candidates in all sub-fields of political science, including public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international relations and research methods.

The appointment is for a fixed, non-tenured term of 4 years, and has a 25% teaching component. The Department teaches in all the sub-fields mentioned above, and directs study programmes in Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Studies and Public Administration and Leadership.

The successful candidate will be part of the Faculty’s PhD programme. The work is expected to lead to a PhD in political science.

Qualification requirements
  • Education equivalent to five years at university level in Norway, with two years (120 credits) at Master’s level in a relevant field. The MA thesis must be equivalent to at least half a year’s workload, i.e. 30 ECTS.
  • The Master’s degree must include relevant education in research methods.
  • Successful candidates must document top grades and an MA thesis of very high quality.

Other qualifications:

  • English language skills (written and oral)

The evaluation of applicants is based on documented, academic qualifications and the research plan. Personal suitability and motivation are also considered. The most promising candidates are invited to an interview.

We offer
  • Salary according to “SKO 1017 PhD Fellow”, pay grade 54-59, NOK 501 200 – 534 400 per year
  • Personal research funds (currently NOK 30,000 per year)
  • A stimulating and international research environment with multiple research groups and seminar series
  • A friendly and inclusive workplace allowing for a good work-life balance
  • Access to Norway’s excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordable and accessible childcare (including the university’s kindergartens)
  • Norway’s capital with its rich cultural life and easy access to beautiful nature
  • Financial and practical support for international staff moving to Norway (international staff may also benefit from tax cuts in their first years)
  • PhD Fellows may acquire pedagogical competency upon agreement
How to apply

The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic recruiting system. Please follow the link “apply for this job”.The online application must include the following items, which are to be submitted before the deadline (all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language):

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages), including a statement of motivation
  • A research proposal (maximum 3,000 words including references). The proposal should clarify the research theme, main research questions, how the research contributes to existing literature, theoretical approach, methodology, and a timeline.
  • A CV summarising education, positions, research and pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities
  • Copy of Master’s thesis
  • Copies of transcripts: All applicants must submit their Master’s degree diploma and transcript(s), preferably together with a class distribution of grades. The transcript must specify the grade achieved for the Master’s thesis
  • Official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university (foreign applicants)
  • Names and contact details for 2-3 reference persons (name, relationship to candidate, e-mail, and phone number). Reference letters are not needed

The application deadline is 1 September 2022. The screening and evaluation of candidates will begin immediately. We expect the whole evaluation process, from the application date to an offer being made, to take 3 – 4 months, depending on the number of applications. The expected start date is January 2023, or a mutually-agreed upon date .

Formal regulations

Please see theguidelines and regulationsfor appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Head of Department, Professor Bjørn Erik Rasch

Head of the PhD Programme, Professor Jon Hovi

About the University of Oslo 

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Political Science is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. It is the largest political science department in Norway and covers all subfields of the discipline: international politics, public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory and research methods. The department offers a vibrant academic environment with a good mix of permanent staff, postdoctoral and PhD fellows. Around 1,400 students are currently enrolled at BA, MA and PhD level. The department runs two large political science programmes at BA and MA level. In addition, the department hosts interdisciplinary study programmes in International Studies, Public Administration and Leadership, and Peace and Conflict Studies. The department has several research groups, including Comparative Institutions and Regimes, Policy, Bureaucracy and Organization, and Political Data Science. The Department also hosts the interdisciplinary Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX).

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