Researcher position at the Department of Government

Deadline: 25.07.2024

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There is a vacancy for a researcher (code 1108) at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism (DIPA) at the Department of Government, University of Bergen, Norway. The position is 80% for a fixed-term period of 15 months. 

The position will provide the opportunity to gain insight into scientific work and methodology by working for an experienced PI and to be a team member in an ambitious research team of young researchers. The candidate´s work task will be related to ongoing research projects in collaboration with PI for the projects Professor Marit Skivenes, and especially collecting legal data from countries in all continents, as well as work with collected data at the DIPA-Centre. Working place will be Christies gate 17, 5007 Bergen.

Job description:

Will include tasks related to work with: 

  • Coding of legal and qualitative data material. 
  • Administer practicalities with data collection.
  • Communicate with legal experts in different legal systems.
  • Practical tasks associated with research projects. 
  • Collecting numerical and statistical material. 
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative analyses. 
  • Assist with organizing conferences and seminars. 
  • Conduct literature searches. 
  • Other administrative tasks. 

Requirements and personal qualities:

  • A master’s degree in law. 
  • It is a prerequisite that the person being employed can demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of social science methodology.
  • Good skills in qualitative method and Nvivo program (or the equivalent) is a positive factor. 
  • Excellent language skills in English, both oral and written, is required. 
  • Knowledge other languages including Norwegian is a plus.
  • Good administrative IT skills are necessary. 
  • Good academic results are emphasized. 
  • Ability to work systematically and results-oriented is important. 
  • Good cooperation and communication skills are required. 
  • High work capacity is expected. 
  • Strong motivation for the research areas of the DIPA center is a plus, see overview of projects at DIPA webpage: https://discretion.uib.no/projects/ 
  • Experience working on research projects is a plus. 
  • Ambition to pursue a doctoral degree is required. 

We can offer:

Your application must include:

  • Application letter with a brief account of your research interest and motivation for applying for the position
  • CV
  • Copies of diplomas, certificates of education and other relevant documents with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge (by the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.) 
  • The names of two referees (name and contact Information)

Applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. 

 Closing date: July 25th, 2024. 

The application must be marked 24/8630.

Potential candidates will be invited for an interview. 

General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting:

Diversity is a strength that enables us to solve our tasks even better. UiB therefore needs qualified employees regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, worldview, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and age.

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