Researcher position at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism (DIPA)

Deadline: 06.10.2022

University of Bergen

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Researcher position at DIPA

There is a vacancy for a temporary position as Researcher at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, Department of Government. The position is for 2 years (24 months), and we are looking for an ambitious candidate with strong qualifications in research methodologies and a keen interest in researching children’s participatory rights.

About the project/work tasks:

The researcher position is part of the project “Children’s Right to Participation”, funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN). The overall ambition of the project is to make groundbreaking steps in the understanding and implementation of children’s participatory rights. While children’s right to participate in matters affecting them is a fundamental right in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, reports from children themselves and research shows that children are not involved and do not participate as the Convention and the laws prescribes. To figure out why this is the case, the project brings together different perspectives, experiences, and knowledge through collaboration with four partners from the child protection system: 1) The County Social Welfare Boards, 2) The Norwegian Courts and their Administration, 3) Bergen municipality, and 4) The Change Factory (Expert by Experience). The project aims to generate new knowledge, develop new measures, and build research expertise that enables society to address the challenge of children’s participation. Professor Marit Skivenes is the Principal Investigator for the project. Potential applicants should contact the principal investigator for further details (marit.skivenes@uib.no).

For more information about the project, check here.

About the Centre for Research on Discretion an Paternalism

The Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism addresses core themes in the social sciences by examining the government’s use of power toward its citizens and the justifications of state interventions into people’s lives. Important areas of empirical focus are child welfare and children’s rights.

The research at the Centre is comparative - between nations, systems, and individuals, and includes leading researchers across the world. We are an interdisciplinary group including political science, sociology, law, and psychology. In Bergen, the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism is involved in research collaboration with the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (UiB/CMI), the Center for Excellence, FAIR (Norwegian Business School), as well as with the research group Law, Democracy (Western Norway University of Applied Science).

For more information about the Centre, check here.

Your tasks:

  • To engage in independent scientific research that will result in high-quality, peer-reviewed publications addressing core themes of the research project
  • To participate in the collection, pooling, and analysis of data
  • To support and work with the principal investigator in carrying out the research project
  • To collaborate with the partners in the project
  • To participate in the organization of research activities and events at the Centre, such as conferences, workshops, joint publications, and web activities
  • To actively contribute to the academic life of the Centre

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within political science or sociology or 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.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with text analysis, qualitative methods, and quantitative methods.
  • A demonstrated interest in engaging in independent research on topics related to the research project.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently, efficiently, and cooperate well with others in a research team.
  • The applicant must be fluent in both written and spoken Norwegian and English.
  • Knowledge of child protection, children’s rights and law is an advantage.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic qualifications; their research and its fit with the project; the candidate’s methods skills; the candidate’s interest in the project’s topic; the quality of their publications; and their personal and relational skills.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.

We can offer:

  • Salary NOK 575000,- per year (code 1109). For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • A good, vibrant, and professionally challenging working environment.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • The city of Bergen - a unique mix of vibrant cultural life and extraordinary nature.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • CV.
  • Diplomas (certified copies).
  • Complete list of publications.
  • Selected scholarly works from the last five years (pdf). It is important that each of the scholarly works on which the committee should place special emphasis is attached in its entirety.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded electronically at the recruitment portal www.jobbnorge.no (you can follow the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”). The application must include all information to be taken into consideration in the assessment of the academic qualifications.

Closing date: October 6th, 2022

The application must be marked: 2022/13940

Applications submitted without required information or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment.

General information:

Further information about the position is obtainable by contacting:

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to HR Adviser Gudrun Horvei – Gudrun.horvei@uib.no

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

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