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Researcher in science policy / innovation studies

Deadline: 05.01.2020

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS - Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact.

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OSIRIS (Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science) invites applications for a 1.5 year Researcher position (SKO 1108/1109) in science policy/innovation studies. The position will be based at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (UiO), and will be a part of the OSIRIS centre.

OSIRIS is an eight-year interdisciplinary research centre funded by the Research Council of Norway’s ForInnPol initiative. OSIRIS is hosted and led by TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo, and has three national and international scientific partners, as well as several user partners. Central questions is OISRIS are: How can we characterise the process through which research makes an impact in society? What are the conditions under which research is put into use in industry, health and care, policymaking and other contexts?

OSIRIS has in 2019 carried out a major survey among policymakers in Norway about their use of and interaction with research. In addition, TIK/OSIRIS has acquired quantitative data sets about recipients of R&D funds from the Research Council of Norway, and been able to add a few extra questions to the annual surveys about R&D and innovation in firms.

The researcher hired for the announced position is expected to work on these data sets with the final aim to contribute to scientific publications. The work may include checking and assuring the quality of the data sets and thereby preparing them for statistical treatment, suggesting potential questions and carrying out analyses. We are primarily interested in a full-time researcher, but a part-time position over a longer period is also possible.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A Master’s degree in social science, preferably related to studies of innovation and/or science and technology (SKO 1108)
  • A PhD in social science, preferably related to studies of innovation and/or science and technology (SKO 1109)
  • Demonstrated research capabilities and experience from quantitative and statistical work, preferably survey data analysis, and relevant software packages like SPSS or similar.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, which is the language used in the project.
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is not a requirement, but it may be an advantage, because some of the survey questionnaires and related documentation is in Norwegian.
  • An interest in how research is used in society will be an advantage.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 488 000 - 583 900 per annum as Researcher position code 1108 (Master) or NOK 523 200 - 627 700 per annum as Researcher position code 1109 (PhD).
  • An academically stimulating work environment in an ambitious and international project and a strong research unit.
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (3 – 5 pages) that shows the motivation for the position and ideas for how to contribute
  • CV (summarising education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • List of publications and academic work
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Evaluation of the application:

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the formal requirements. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.


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