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Researcher / Senior Researcher (RETTS project)

Deadline: 10.11.2022

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.

ARENA Centre for European Studies is a research centre under the Faculty of Social Sciences. ARENA promotes theoretically oriented, empirically informed studies analysing the dynamics of the evolving European political order. The research at ARENA is multidisciplinary and is organised along four key dimensions: A European democratic order; the EU's executive order; expertise and knowledge in the EU; and European foreign and security policy. ARENA hosts several nationally and internationally funded research projects and is engaged in a series of international networks.

About the position

ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo (UiO) invites applications to fill a vacancy for a researcher/senior researcher position (SKO 1109/1183) within the field of public administration and European studies. The position is part of the research project «Rule of law in NAV: principled justification» (Rettssikkerhet i NAV: Prinsippstyrt begrunnelse) (RETTS). The project is associated to the research project «European Integration and National Law: A theory of administrative behaviour in complex institutional settings» (COMPLEX), which is financed by the Research Council of Norway. RETTS is financed by NAV - the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration.

ARENA Centre for European Studies is a multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Oslo, studying the direction, dynamics and sustainability of the evolving European political order. The Centre has conducted research on political, economic, legal and social integration, transformation and cooperation in Europe since 1994. As a member of the ARENA team, you will be part of a professional research centre with extensive experience in coordinating international research projects and networks financed by European and Norwegian research funding institutions. More information about ARENA is available at www.arena.uio.no

Job description

The post is linked to the research project ‘Rule of law in NAV: principled justification’ (Rettssikkerhet i NAV: Prinsippstyrt begrunnelse) (RETTS).The project analyses administrative modes of reasoning and implementation in the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV). It is devoted to the task of establishing an operational concept of rule of law, which also involves learning from practice. An important task of the project is to examine decision makers’ reasoning in handling cases.

The researcher will be expected to actively contribute to the research agenda and the research environment of the RETTS project and participate in joint activities.

The appointment is for three years with no teaching obligations.

The proposed starting date for the post is 1 February 2023, subject to negotiations.

The researcher will be part of the research group led by Erik O. Eriksen at ARENA Centre for European Studies. See website for project description.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should demonstrate competence in the principles and workings of public administration in a multilevel, European context. They should also be familiar with qualitative methodology, such as document analysis and interviews. Some experience with analyzing survey data is an advantage.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree (PhD) in Political science/European studies before taking up the post
  • To be appointed as Researcher in code 1183 the candidate must fulfill criteria for professorship (please see Scientific Qualification Requirements for Promotion to Professor, refer only to scientific qualifications)
  • Researcher in code 1109: PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in a relevant discipline within the social sciences
  • Previous research on and familiarity with empirical or normative aspects of welfare state administration is an advantage
  • Experience in conducting interviews and surveys would be an advantage
  • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English. A good command of either Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is required. Residence in Norway is expected
  • Good communication and dissemination skills are needed.

The decision of appointment will be based on a comprehensive assessment of the applicant's scientific qualifications.

Personal suitability, motivation and ability to cooperate will be taken into consideration.

Interviews with selected candidates will be arranged.

We offer

  • Salary of NOK 604 400 – 790 100 per annum depending on competencies, in the position as researcher (position code SKO 1109) and of NOK 728 100 - 935 300 depending on competences as researcher in position code SKO 1183, equivalent to professor competence)
  • An academically stimulating and international research environment combined with a friendly and inclusive work environment
  • A good work-life balance and access to Norway's excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordable and accessible childcare
  • Attractive welfare benefits, including a generous pension agreement
  • Funding for research expenses
  • The city of Oslo: A unique mix of vibrant city life and extraordinary nature with rich opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities.

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How to apply

The online application must include the following items:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages), including statement of motivation
  • A CV summarizing education, previous positions, research and pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities
  • A complete list of publications (if not included in the CV)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • Copies of what you consider to be your three most important publications to date
  • Names and contact details for 2 reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number). Reference letters are not needed.

The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic recruiting system. Please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system.

We aim to increase the diversity of backgrounds in our staff, and we especially encourage female researchers to apply.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations concerning appointment to research posts here and here.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.


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