1 PhD and 1 Postdoc “The Hidden Companies of the Global Economy” (Univ. Trondheim)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dept. of Historical Studies
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2018
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Espen Storli

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim), Department of Historical Studies, offers 2 positions (1 full-time 3-year PhD position and 1 full-time 3-year post-doctoral fellowship) within the project "The Hidden Companies of the Global Economy: the Development of Global Commodity Traders, 1945-2015", funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) and NTNU. The PhD candidate will work with Associate Professor Espen Storli (NTNU).
The project will investigate the development of global commodity traders after 1945. Secretive and anonymous, a handful of large companies dominate the trading of the basic commodities that the modern world needs to function.
Due to their low profile, these companies have been characterized as the “hidden companies” of the global economy. This project will focus on the history of specialized metal and oil trading companies to increase our understanding of the historical development of the global flow of resources and of economic globalization.

For the post-doc position: The postdoctoral project will contribute towards the full project by developing a subproject analyzing issues relating to the historical development of commodity trading companies.
Applicants should hold a PhD in history or a related field. The salary for the fellowship is set at Norwegian state salary NOK 482 500,- (2014)

For the PhD position: The PhD project will contribute towards the full project by developing a subproject analyzing issues relating to the historical development of commodity trading companies.We encourage applicants with research backgrounds in history, especially, within business-, economic-, or political history, to apply for this PhD position. Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences or Humanities/Arts.
The PhD position is remunerated according to salary scale 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 429 400,- annually, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme. PhD study at NTNU is organized in PhD programmes. Successful applicant for the PhD position must apply and be accepted to the relevant PhD-programme following his/her employment.

The desired starting date is January 1, 2015. Work place will be at NTNU.

The application and the project proposal must be written in English. Educational certificates and other documents should be in English or in a Scandinavian language.
The application, marked with HF 14-021 (post-doc) or HF 14-020 (PhD), with attachments should be submitted electronically via JOBBNORGE by clicking on the button marked “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. Please notice that applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

To receive a full description of the research project, please contact Associate Professor Espen Storli, espen.storli@ntnu.no. Any other inquiries concerning the post should also be directed to him.

Complete applications include:
(1) a brief statement of interest, (2) a project proposal outlining how the PhD project will contribute towards the bigger project of not more than five pages, (3) a full CV, (4) one representative publication, and (5) the names and e-mail addresses of two references.
Applicants that are considered for the positions will be asked for references and called in for an interview.
Appointments will be made in accordance with the current regulations for universities. The successful applicants must agree to the conditions that apply to public employees. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and required duties. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labour force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Immigrants are encouraged to apply for the positions. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are therefore encouraged to apply.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Espen Storli

Dept. of Historical Studies
Trondheim, Norway


1 PhD and 1 Postdoc “The Hidden Companies of the Global Economy” (Univ. Trondheim), 01.01.2015 – 31.12.2018 Trondheim, in: H-Soz-Kult, 24.09.2014, <www.hsozkult.de/job/id/stellen-10557>.
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