PhD Scholarship Position in Logistics focusing on public procurement

About us

Molde University College – Specialized University in Logistics (HiMolde) is a leading teaching and research institution within several areas, with the vision “With knowledge for sustainability and innovation” reflected in all our activities.

We offer more than 40 study programmes, from oneyear programmes to PhD-programmes within e.g. Health Sciences and Social Care, Informatics, Law and Social Sciences, Logistics, Sport Management, and Economics.

We have about 250 employees and 3 600 students at our campuses in Molde and Kristiansund.

About the position

Molde University College announces a PhD scholarship in logistics, attached to our PhD programme in logistics. As a PhD candidate your main task would be to conduct research with the goal of completing the doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

In many countries, public procurement is becoming an increasingly important tool for allocating resources and governing public sector activity. Therefore, public procurement has an increasing impact on the welfare of citizens and the functioning of key markets. The latter is especially apparent in the construction sector, public transport provision and health care provision. The position is within the field of logistics focusing on public procurement, which allows for a rich set of methodological approaches and research topics.

We are particularly interested in proposals that address the following issues: application of advanced digital technologies in public procurement; collaborative procurement practices; public procurement of innovation; innovation of procurement processes; participation of start-up companies in public procurement; risk management and resilience in public procurement; data-driven public procurement; and strategies for including social and environmental issues in public procurement.

The place of work is Molde, Norway. The appointment period is 3-4 years. An appointment for 4 years would include 25 % working duties (teaching, supervising or doing administrative tasks).


The candidate has a strong background in economics, business administration, business logistics, law, management science, informatics, political science, planning theory, sociology, geography, or other related areas.

Your higher education must equate 5 years of full-time studies on top of the entry requirements for first cycle studies (Bachelor’s degree) in Norway. For some countries this means that you must have more than 5 years of what is called higher education in your home country. Please confer the GSU-list for relevant information pertaining to your home country: Your Master’s degree (or equivalent) must constitute at least one full year of studies (60 ECTS), and must contain an individual piece of student work, normally a Master’s thesis. The minimum average grade of the Master’s degree should be grade B or better on the ECTS grading scale, or an equivalent average grade on other grading scales.

We will also emphasize personal qualities and good English communication skills. Scandinavian language skills will be seen as an advantage.

You will only be awarded a scholarship position if you are admitted to the PhD Logistics programme. For further reading about this programme visit

We offer

The position will be remunerated at wage level 54 on the Norwegian State salary scale, with gross salary from NOK 532 200 a year with a 3 % yearly wage increase, of which 2 % is deducted for the Norwegian State Pension Fund. A higher salary may be considered for especially qualified candidates. The appointment will be in accordance with current Norwegian regulations concerning fixed-term jobs in the public sector and guidelines for employment as a scholarship holder at universities and university colleges.


The application must be submitted via the web-portal:, where all documents should be uploaded. Along with your application, you must submit:

  • A description of your proposed research topic, maximum 5 pages. The description must give a title, an outline of the research, including research problem/research question(s), theory, research method and the novelty of the research relative to the existing academic literature. A proposal that does not meet these requirements will cause a rejection of your application. The quality of your project proposal will be the most important criterion for ranking qualified applicants.
  • CV (summarising your education and work experience).
  • English language certified copies of educational diplomas/certificates/transcripts that clearly indicate achieved degrees and the number of credits and grades achieved for both undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • A Master´s thesis or equivalent independent student work. If the thesis is in a non-English or non-Scandinavian language, a certified transcript of the abstract of the thesis must be provided.
  • Any other academic publications (e.g. conference papers) that the applicant wishes to be considered.
  • Names, positions and e-mail addresses of three persons who can be contacted as references for academic and personal qualifications.

You may be invited to an interview either in-person or via e.g. Skype.

Application deadline: 1. juli 2023.


For further information, please contact Chair of the PhD Logistics Committee, Professor Harald M. Hjelle ( or Dean/Professor Johan Holmgren ( See also


Molde University College is attending the Government’s “Volunteer for inclusion” – programme. We would like to encourage applicants with limited functional abilities or gaps in their CV. However, the qualification requirements for the position must be met.

According to the Freedom of Information Act section 25, 2nd part, the list of applicants can be made public. Requests for anonymity must be specifically justified, but cannot be guaranteed.

The announcement text is a translation from the Norwegian announcement. If there is doubt about the interpretation of the announcement text, the Norwegian text prevails.