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Nord, Norway – 4 PhD Vacancy in Sociology, Social Science – Oct 2021

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The Faculty of Social Sciences at Nord University has vacancies for four temporary full-time positions as PhD research fellows in Sociology – Norway, Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: NOK 482,200 per year

Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV)
Nord University

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Qualification Details

For admission to the PhD programme in sociology, a master's degree in sociology or other relevant social science master's degree is required. Applicants must be able to document broad knowledge of social science theory, methodology and analysis. Your master's degree should normally have an average grade equivalent to B or better. Applicants outside the EU/EEA must submit NOKUT approval of their master's degree.

Applicants must provide documentary evidence to show that all the admission requirements for a PhD in Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences have been met. Please refer to Nord University’s admission requirements on our website:

  • A description of your PhD project should be included as an attachment (see below). The final project description need to be approved and regulated by agreement no later than 3 months after commencement in the position.
  • A good command of written and oral English is required for this position.
  • It is an advantage if applicants are proficient in written and oral Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Emphasis will be placed on the following when assessing and ranking qualified applicants

  • Project description containing a description of the project concept and implementation plans
  • Relevant experience of research work will be an advantage
  • Personal aptitude
  • The applicant’s motive(s) for applying for the position

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

Reference Number: -30072606
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Online applications shall include:

  • An application letter containing a description of your motives for applying for the position.
  • A full CV (education, work and teaching experience, and details about any scientific publications)
  • Certified copies of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificates and any other relevant certificates.
  • A project description of 5-10 pages, outlining your ideal for the PhD project, theoretical ranking, methodical approach and progress plan.
  • Contact details for 2-3 references (name, your relationship to the person, their email address and phone number).
  • Other activities deemed to be relevant to the position and that you want to be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants with Master’s degrees from non-EU/EEA countries must attach NOKUT approval.

All documentation must be uploaded as attachments to the online application.

Applicants are responsible for submitting complete documentation electronically by the application deadline.

Following expiry of the application deadline, a public list of applicants will be prepared. Please note that information about the applicant may be published even after the applicant has expressed a desire to be omitted from the list of applicants. Applicants who nevertheless request confidential processing must justify this specifically in their application. In such cases, applicants will be notified prior to publication.

Ref. no. 30072606

About the Project

We invite applicants to write project outlines that address one of the following four topics:

  • Controversial practice in digital media culture

The digital media, including social media, games, image tables and discussion networks, are the most important new arenas for debate and cultural development. This project proposal focuses on transgressive and controversial practices (such as conspiracy theories, astroturfing, fake news or discrimination) in digital network media, studied using qualitative methods such as ethnography, netnography action research or network analysis.

  • How gaming companies handle “toxic behaviour”

Several major gaming companies have begun to work actively to prevent negative communication and harassment in games. Such communication is called "toxic behaviour", and over 200 gaming companies have now joined forces with The Fair Play Alliance, which works to build up healthy communication and interaction methods among its online players. We hereby invite you to a project proposal focusing on the development and/or implementation of these measures in practice. Qualitative methods are recommended, such as ethnography or netnography.

  • Marginal narratives: Representations of Sami lives

The power of writing history, the power of the news media and the power of popular culture can be linked to who influences the formation of public opinion and real images, as producers or as sources, and what becomes visible/not visible in the public domain. We want proposals for projects that can gather new knowledge about how southern, Ume, Pite and Lule Sami societal conditions and ways of life appear in academic texts, in public and in media content of various kinds. This will be a rich opportunity for interested applicants to refine the project according to their own area of interest, for example academic literature in history or other social sciences, journalism or TV series, film, music, games or other mediated cultural expressions.

  • Sociological theories and methods in research into ancient history

Ancient history was an important part of the academic foundation of early social scientists such as Karl Marx and Max Weber, and social science theory and methodology are important tools for historians working with premodern history. We hereby invite you to projects that can investigate and clarify how sociological theories and methods influence the understanding of ancient history. The project can be carried out as a real-history or historiographic course of study. A real-history study could use explicit sociological theories and/or methods to study a specific topic from ancient history. A historiographic study can analyse how the use of sociological theories and/or methods have changed historians' understanding of specific topics from ancient history.

About the Employer: Nord University

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Contact details

For further information about these positions, please contact the following:

  • For questions about the course of study: Adviser Mathilde Dagsvik Ottesen, phone +47 755 17 949, e-mail
  • Program coordinator for PhD Sociology, Professor Berit Skorstad, phone +47 755 17 304, e-mail
  • Research group leader History, Culture and Media, Per Bjarne Ravnå, phone +47 755 17 128, e-mail

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