University of Bergen (UiB)  - Researcher - temporary position (Department of Comparative Politics)

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.

Researcher - temporary position (Department of Comparative Politics)

Closing date: March 25, 2018

There is a vacancy for a Researcher (code 1108) at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. The position is for a fixed-term period of 5 months, starting 1st of May 2018, and is related to a project on legal authority on climate issues.

Description of the project

The project seeks to codify legal authority on climate issues. To do that, it develops a coding scheme to measure variation in legal authority at multiple levels (from the local to the international level), across policy areas (five most relevant policy areas for climate), across the different phases of the policy cycle (from initiation to implementation), across countries (advanced democracies), and over time (1950-2017). The project generates distinct measures of formal authority for each of the levels, over time, across countries, across policy areas, and across policy cycle phases.

The tasks:

The researcher will be applying an existing coding scheme, complement previous pilots, complete new pilots, starting with German-speaking countries. Further, the tasks include

mapping all relevant institutional and legal changes over time, to identify and collect the relevant  literature, and apply the coding scheme and to produce raw-data tables. The researcher will also produce the accompanying country reports, classify the relevant resources in a digital archive, and critically engage with the coding scheme in view of its refinement and engage substantively with the project.  The project’s working language is in English. A more detailed job description is available on request.

Qualifications and personal qualities

The successful applicant must have:

  • MA degree in Comparative Politics, Public Administration, or Political Science, with a high grade (grade A for the MA thesis)
  • Experience of working on climate issues
  • Knowledge of the political system of German-speaking countries, European/OECD democracies, and the international political system (EU, UN, WTO)
  • Candidates must have experience in coding, data management, and data entry, as well as experience in statistics/quantitative analysis, and with statistical software (STATA, R).
  • Candidates with experience of working in large collaborative projects on climate issues using quantitative/statistical data will be preferred
  • Knowledge of qualitative work is  also necessary.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English, German, and one of the Scandinavian languages is a requirement.

 We offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 48 upon appointment (Code 1108) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 423 200 per year)
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Training and good welfare benefits


The application:

Application with CV, copies of diplomas, certificates of education and other relevant documents with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language.

In addition the applicant should enclose a short motivation letter explaining the applicants’ interest in the project and how he/she will be able to contribute to the project (two pages max), as well as a writing sample in English. All documents must be uploaded at Jobbnorge by the link on this page marked Apply for this job”.

Closing date: March 25, 2018

The application has to be marked: 18/3275

General information:            

Additional information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Professor Michäel Tatham, e-mail:

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to:  

HR senior officer Even Michael Endresen, e-mail:

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 this job

Søknadsfrist: 25.03.2018

Kontakt: Professor Michäel Tatham

Kontakt 2: Even Michael Endresen (HR senior officer)