Postdoctoral fellowship in Innovation and Sustainability Transitions

Job description

TIK Centre fror Technology, Innovation and Culture offer a 3 year fulltime postdoctoral position in the field of energy transitions. Ambitious policy goals of reaching net-zero Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century requires that transition processes increase in scope, depth, and speed. The postdoc will analyze how such goals can be achieved with a particular focus on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

The position is funded by two complementary research projects. First, the project “Socio-technical drivers, opportunities and challenges for large-scale CCUS (CaptureX)” funds 1 year of the position. Second, the Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Studies (NTRANS) funds 2 years of the postdoc position. The postdoc will be part of Research Area 2 entitled “Accelerating the Energy Transition” which is coordinated by the TIK Centre. For further information follow this link.

Most decarbonization scenarios assign a major role to rapid diffusion and scaling of CCUS. At the same time, most carbon capture technologies are rather immature, and needed infrastructure and markets for CO2 transport, storage and utilization remain underdeveloped. A new sociotechnical system for CO2 removal must be created across multiple sectors and countries for CCUS to diffuse. Such new system building is a major challenge for CCUS actors. Key topics across the projects include but are not limited to actor strategies for system building, policy missions, strategies, and mixes to support CCUS, or broader perspectives on the role of carbon removal in energy transitions. We expect that the postdoc project will involve collaborations with members of the funding research projects.

An extension for up to 3 months can be considered with the addition of teaching and administrative duties, depending on the competence of the applicant and the needs of the department.

Qualification requirements

  • A PhD degree in a social science discipline, with relevance for the area of innovation and transition studies (including innovation studies, sustainability transitions studies, STS, management studies, sociology, economics, human geography, etc.)
  • Only candidates that have submitted their PhD before the closing date for this position can apply. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • High-level proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience with relevant theories and methods for studies of innovation and sustainability transitions is an advantage.
  • The ability to perform high impact academic work, demonstrated by previous publications in relevant journals is meritorious.

It is expected that the successful candidate participates actively in the CaptureX and NTRANS project groups at the University of Oslo, and contribute to a high standard of collegiality and the TIK Centre’s working environment. Residence in or close to Oslo is thus expected.

In assessing applicants, we will emphasize each candidates’ academic background and potential, as well as motivation and match with the projects. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be part of the recruitment process.

We offer

How to apply

The application must include

  • An application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • A detailed academic CV listing education, prior employment, academic experience, other relevant experiences and qualifications, detailed list of publications
  • A project description that explains how the applicant will mobilize theoretical perspectives and empirical strategies to carry out the work. The text should link to NTRANS and Capture X project descriptions, and explain how this position will contribute to it, and to the broader literature on sustainability transitions (3-5 pages). The full project description for NTRANS is available on TIK’s website, follow link and the full project description for CaptureX is available via email to Allan Dahl Andersen.
  • Up to three publications that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process.
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Diploma, transcript. Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master and PhD courses). Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in a Scandinavian language or English must be uploaded in the original language. A certified English translation of these documents must also be attached.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow 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.

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

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.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS – Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science.


6th June 2023


University of Oslo






Fixed Term