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PhD Fellowship in Risk Management and Societal Safety – UiS, Norway, Nov 2021

University of Stavanger, UiS


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The University of Stavanger (UiS) invites applicants for a PhD Fellowship in Risk Management and Societal Safety, linked to Customs and Border Management at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Safety, Economics and Planning – Norway, Nov 2021

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: November 5, 2021(GMT +1)
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: NOK 491 200 gross per year

Faculty of Science and Technology,
Department of Safety, Economics and Planning.
University of Stavanger, UiS

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Qualification Details

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background, five years education, with a completed two-year master program in risk/safety or a related program, preferably acquired recently. Applicants with other type of master programs may also apply if they possess relevant knowledge and/or experience from the risk/safety area, in particular from risk/safety-related work within customs, border control or police.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F, and/or with other types of credits than sp/ECTS, must attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale and a Diploma Supplement or similar that explains the scope of the subject that are included in the education. You can use these conversion scales  to calculate your points for admission.

Emphasis is also placed on your:

  • motivation and potential for research within the field
  • professional and personal skills for completing the doctoral degree within the timeframe
  • ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • ability to work structured and handle a heavy workload
  • having a good command of both oral and written English

Requirements for competence in English

A good proficiency in English is required for anyone attending the PhD program. International applicants must document this by taking one of the following tests with the following results:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test (IBT). Minimum result: 90
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service. Minimum result: 6.5
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) og Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge
  • PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum result: 62

The following applicants are exempt from the above requirements:

  • Applicants with one year of completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • Applicants with a completed bachelor's and / or master's degrees taught in English in a EU/EEA country

Responsibilities/Job Description

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development through a PhD education leading to a doctoral degree.

The hired candidate will be admitted to the PhD program in Science and Technology. The education includes relevant courses to about six months of study, a dissertation based on independent research, participation in national and international research environments, relevant academic communication, a trial lecture and public defence. Read more about the PhD education at UiS on our website.

The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In your application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • references, certificates/diplomas and other documentation that you consider relevant
  • Diploma Supplement or similar and a confirmed conversion scale if this is required
  • documentation on competence in English if this is required
  • publications or other relevant research work

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above and that you have attached the necessary documentation.

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

About the Project

The research area of the PhD is risk management and societal safety, with application to customs and border control. The main project aim is to add new knowledge to customs and border control using contemporary risk and safety science. Potential topics could relate to changing external environment, organized crime, intelligence, development of new technologies, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and their impacts on e.g., risk management, competences, leadership and organizational culture.

About the Employer: University of Stavanger, UiS

Note or Other details

Employment as PhD Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".

Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

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Contact details

More information on the position (and project description) can be obtained from Head of Department Tore Markeset, tlf: +47 51832191, Mob:+47 9970 6378, e-post: or Associate Professor Marja Ylönen, tlf: +47 468 78570, e-post:

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Margot Treen, tel: +47 51831419, e-mail:

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