The Faculty of Social Sciences at Nord University has vacancies for eight temporary PhD positions. These positions are linked to the Faculty’s four research groups. Successful candidates will need to be admitted to the Faculty’s PhD in Sociology.
Two PhD positions in the Leadership and Innovation research group
This research group is looking for PhD projects on the cutting edge between sociology and organisation/management theory. Applicants are asked to submit a project description which addresses the field covered by this research group and describes a PhD project which is based on the key changes being faced by Norwegian workplaces such as the climate, gender and migration and which focuses on how such changes in our surroundings create new conditions for leadership and organisation at business level.
Two PhD positions in the History, Culture and Media research group
This research group wants PhD projects to be linked to historical sociology and/or cultural and media sociology. Priority will be placed on projects which fall under the following areas: 1) Media, Democracy and Freedom of Expression, 2) War and Extremism, 3) Global History.
Two PhD positions in the Environment, International Relations, Northern Areas and Civil Protection (MINS) research group
This research group wants projects related to environmental sociology and security research. Priority will be placed on projects which fall under the following areas: 1) Urban/Local Communities in the Transition to Climate-friendly Communities, 2) Security and Restructuring in the Northern Areas.
Two PhD positions in the Welfare and Social Relations research group
This research group wants PhD projects to try and make a contribution towards the development of social work, both as a theoretical subject and as practical professional practice. Consequently projects must be aimed at key topics or service areas in the field of social work. It is desirable that project descriptions clarify the challenges and development opportunities which exist in respect of social work and demonstrate how the project in question will contribute to the development of social work as a subject.
For all positions, the period of employment is normally three years, with no work requirements. The two positions associated with the Welfare and Social Relations research group can be changed to a 4-year position with a 25% teaching obligation linked to the Child Welfare and Social Work Bachelor’s programmes if the successful candidates have specific teaching requirements in respect of these programmes.
The positions are to be located in Bodø or Levanger. Compulsory residence is required for these positions.
The applicant must hold a Master's degree in social science (e.g. Master in Sociology, Master in Social Work, Master in Politics and Social Change etc.) with an average mark of B or better in the European marking system (ECTS), or corresponding to a B average if other marking system is used. The applicant must hold a satisfactory theoretical and research prerequisite for completion of a doctoral degree in sociology. Applicants must document broad knowledge in social science theory and methodology. Applicants from outside EU/EEA must document a Norwegian recognition of their master’s degree.
Applications 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: www.nord.no/no/studier/sosiologi-phd
A description of your PhD project should be included as an attachment (see below). The final project description will 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.
Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria
Project description containing a description of the project concept and implementation plans.
Relevant experience of research work will be an advantage.
The applicant’s motives for applying for the position.
The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, LR 20, NOK 479.600,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.
Creative and collegial working environment
A workplace with steady progressive development
Flexible working hours
Active university sports team
Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
The persons who are appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the positions may change with future reorganization at Nord University.
The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.
If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of recording whether this target is achieved or not.
Further information about the positions can be obtained by contacting :
Dean Hanne Thommesen, phone +47 48 27 10 59, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Manager, PhD in Sociology, Professor Johan Tveit Sandvin, phone +47 75 51 76 31, e-mail email@example.com
For questions about the course of study, Adviser Mathilde Dagsvik Ottesen, phone +47 75 51 79 49, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Four committees will be set up, one for each research group.
If there are a lot of applicants, an internal committee will be set up after the deadline for applications expires in order to assess the applications. Applicants who fulfil the requirements specified in the job vacancy text and who are considered to be suitable, will be recommended for further assessment by the expert committee. The expert committee shall approve the selection, and all applicants will be informed about the next stage of the process.
Prospective candidates will be asked to attend an interview.
The Faculty reserves the right to not offer employment to applicants who are scientifically qualified, but to whom it is unable to offer satisfactory guidance.
Applications must be submitted electronically by 30.09.2019.
The application should include:
- An application letter containing a description of your motives for applying for the position.
- Your application letter must specify which research group your application relates to. Applicants who fail to specify a research group will not be considered.
- 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 5-10 page project description, providing details about your ideas for your PhD project, theoretical basis, methodical approach and progress schedule.
- The names and contact details for 1-3 referees (name, your relationship with the person, e-mail and phone number).
- Any other activities that are considered to be relevant for the position and which you would like to be taken into account during assessment.
Applicants with Master’s degrees from non-EU/EEA countries must attach NOKUT approval.
All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.
After the application deadline, an applicant list will be announced publicly. Applicants asking for confidentiality must specifically explain the reasons for this in their application. Even so, the information can be published if the reasons for confidentiality are not found relevant. In such case, an applicant will be given notice prior to the announcement, and he/she will have opportunity to withdraw the application.