University of Bergen (UiB) - Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Department of Geography)

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Department of Geography)

Closing date: October 22, 2017

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within SpaceLab at the Department of Geography. The position is for a period of 4 years.

SpaceLab is a research group with a basis in human geography, working at the intersection of climate, energy and society. It forms part of the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET). One of the key activities of SpaceLab is the research project European cities as actors in climate and energy transformation, funded by Bergen Research Foundation (BFS).    

We are now seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to work in this project. The postdoc will work closely with two PhD candidates already engaged, as well as the Principal Investigator. She or he will also be expected to take a lead coordinating role in SpaceLab.

Applicants must present a research project that complements and contributes to the European cities project (a brief project description can be found here (or by contacting PI Håvard Haarstad).

Specifically, the project should address or include:

- How cities can contribute to sustainable transformation

- An analytical framework based in human geography, bringing on board current theoretical advances and trends in the field. Current project members are working with varieties of relational perspectives, network theories and assemblage theory.

- One or several case studies where such theories and perspectives can be applied or tested. These should be based on Norwegian or European contexts. Empirical approaches that include co-production of knowledge with stakeholders, and that have concrete strategies for communicating findings, are particularly welcome.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD within human geography, and must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • The applicant must have a significant publication record, including publications in international journals, and significant experience with communicating research
  • The applicant must demonstrate competence and abilities relevant to take a lead coordinating role in SpaceLab. This can include prior experience with research coordination and leadership, research communication, and funding applications.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others in teams.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

Potential candidates will be invited to the department for an interview, and will be asked to hold a trial lecture in a given topic.

The teaching language will normally be Norwegian.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 4 years, and 25 per cent of which shall be dedicated to mandatory tasks at the department, as example teaching, seminar work and guidance. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

It is a requirement that the project can be completed in the course of the period of employment.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 57-60 (code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to NOK 490 900 – 517 700,- per year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW).
  • Good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • A project proposal (max. 10 pages) explaining the intended theoretical contributions of the project, as well as the methodological foundations and the plans for empirical data collection. Applicants should include a plan for dissemination (academic and non-academic). The proposal should also include a budget for data collection or fieldwork.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV, including list of publications.
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • The five most relevant scientific publications.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

In cases of scientific work in paper version, this must be sent as ordinary post, sorted in 3 folders, to the University of Bergen, The Faculty of Social Sciences, P.O. Box 7802, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.

The application has to be marked with: 17/12096

The closing date is October 22, 2017

Applications sent by e-mail will not be evaluated.


General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting project leader Håvard Haarstad, email, phone +47 55 58 45 81.

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to adviser Beathe Moldestad, phone +47 55 58 90 56, email:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 22.10.2017

Kontakt: Håvard Haarstad (Project leader)
Telefon: +47 55 58 45 81

Kontakt 2: Beathe Moldestad (Adviser)
Telefon: +47 55 58 90 56