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Ph.D. Position in comparative politics or international relations (LEGACIES Project) at NTNU, Norway 2022


Ph.D. Position in comparative politics or international relations (LEGACIES Project) is available for master’s degree candidates in social science preferably political science, international relations, or sociology, or equivalent education at Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: NOK 491 200 per annum before tax

Department of Sociology and Political Science

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway


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Qualification Details

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions.

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in social science preferably political science, international relations, or sociology, or equivalent education.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • A PhD project relevant to the core research objectives of the LEGACIES project.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • 1-2 years relevant experience in research, such as dissemination and participation in research project, is advantageous.
  • Strong training in quantitative data collection and research methods will be considered advantageous.

Personal characteristics

  • Personal qualifications such as independence, well organized, initiative, cooperative spirit, and motivation to contribute to an inclusive work milieu will be ascribed high importance.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD-position is a temporary position for a period of three years. The position may be ascribed obligation to work and extended with up to one year.The PhD position is an educational position that gives a promising research recruit the possibility for scientific development. The successful candidate will join the European Research Council funded “LEGACIES” project, which aims to understand how historical states affect conflict and democratization in the modern world.

The successful candidate will build a project around either understanding historical states and international systems (especially non-western states and systems), and/or analyzing their impact on civil war, nonviolent protest, democratization or another relevant aspect of institutions and dissent. The position is open in relation to methodological background, but it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to aspects of the data collection associated with the LEGACIES project, and skills in quantitative data collection analysis are advantageous.

Your immediate leader will be Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • The PhD-candidate is expected to contribute to the LEGACIES project through participation in group meetings and some data collection associated with the project, in addition to participation in the “Political Instability and Armed Conflict” research group.
  • The PhD candidate is expected to develop and implement a research project analyzing aspects of historical states and international systems, and/or their impacts on modern institutions and dissent.
  • It is required that the candidate participates in international activities, among others through conference attendance and/or research stays at educational institutions abroad.
  • The position may be ascribed obligation to work and extended with up to one year, and it is expected that the candidate contributes to teaching in the special fields of the Department as part of this.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their application within the closing date for applications:

  • A project proposal for the PhD project (1,500 words maximum) connected to the LEGACIES project. The proposal should give an outline of the research questions, theoretical perspectives and a methodological design for the PhD project.
  • A short letter of motivation
  • CV, recommendations,
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • Publications and other relevant scientific work (max. 3 publications)
  • 2-3 references

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

Please submit your application electronically via Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-742 when applying.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, grades from the master`s degree, experience and personal suitability and motivation for the position.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

About the Department/Section/Group

Department of Sociology and Political Science

We conduct research, teaching and dissemination in sociology, political science, media, communication and information technology, and sport sciences. The Department offers five-year master’s programmes in teacher education (lektorutdanning) in social sciences as well as in physical education and sports. As a social science department we have a special obligation to contribute to the public debate on important social issues. The Department of Sociology and Political Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. The position may be ascribed obligation to work and extended with up to one year of duty work.

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Social Sciences, specializing in political science/sociology. As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

It is a prerequisite that the appointed takes up residence in order to be present and available for the institution as required.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

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Contact details

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Charles Butcher, e-mail:  [email protected]  If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Renate Lillian Johansen, e-mail: [email protected]

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