PhD Research Fellowship in innovation and preparedness

Deadline: 01.03.2023

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 16,000 students and 1,500 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally. We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2020.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

Inland School of Business and Social Sciences invites candidates to apply for a PhD Research Fellowship in innovation and preparedness

About the position

Inland School of Business and Social Sciences, The PhD programme Innovation in Services - Public and Private (INSEPP) invites candidates to apply for a 3-year PhD research fellowship to work within the broad field of innovation studies with particular attention to developing regional capabilities (with public and private actors) in preparedness and crisis management with an ICT focus.

Depending on the department`s needs, and the candidate`s competence and desires, the position may be transformed into a four years position with 25% teaching duties.

The purpose of the PhD Research Fellowship for the admitted candidate is to undergo a research training programme that leads to the successful completion of a doctoral degree. The selected applicant will be expected to complete the PhD programme in 2026.

The successful candidate is required to submit a proposal of a doctoral research training programme that is approved and agreed upon no later than 3 months after the date commencement. The University will assist the selected candidate to formulate this agreement.

About the project

The PhD project is expected to investigate and develop knowledge on development of regional capabilities, and preparedness and ICT as drivers for innovation. The PhD candidates will be associated with the research groups Preparedness, crisis management and societal safety and security and Shrinking societies. The research groups will facilitate a research environment including leading milieus in preparedness, crisis management, innovation and regional development and access to relevant networks in the region of Inland Norway.The following description provide information about the different fields of study:

We are seeking a candidate with particular attention towards the role of preparedness and ICT in regional innovation processes. Examples of study topics can be: 1) What are the prerequisites for the development of a regional ICT capability for the management of incidents and crises where several actors (public and private) and management levels must cooperate? 2) In what way is regional innovation a prerequisite for, or consequence of, the development of such a capability? The capabilities in question may be ICT for the support of preparedness and crisis management in general, or preparedness and management of ICT security incidents and crises.

We are looking for candidates that are highly motivated for research in the fields of innovation theory and regional development, preparedness and crisis management, and digitalization and ICT within the social sciences.


Qualifications and personal skills

  • The person to be appointed must have a master’s degree with good grades and of relevance for the announced position.
  • The master’s degree must be composed of 120 ECTS, including a master's thesis of at least 30 ECTS cf. the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education’s (NOKUT) requirements for admission to PhD-education at Norwegian universities and INN’s PhD regulation.
  • Applicants with a master’s degree from universities abroad, must attach “Recognition of foreign higher education” from NOKUT. Instructions on how to get this master’s degree assessed and approved are given by NOKUT, cf.
  • Expertise in relevant ICT applications.
  • Language proficiency: Oral and written English is required. In addition, it may be necessary to have command of a Nordic or Scandinavian language.
  • Ability to work independently and purposefully but also have a command of co- operation on research tasks and publishing

For information on PhD position in general, see Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, research fellow, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Evaluation of candidates for the position will be based on a total assessment of educational background, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation and other eligibility requirements, as defined in the advertisement. In addition, the following will be emphasized: quality of the project description, documented independent research and development work or experience relevant to the project.

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • Application letter including a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Proposed project description of the study (max 8 pages, including references), outlining its academic relevance, methods, challenges and possibilities, and containing a tentative progression plan. The project description must be written in English. The project description plays an important part in evaluating applicants and must show how the project will lead to a successful completion of a doctoral degree within four years.
  • CV detailing your relevant educational background and experience (registered in Jobbnorge's form).
  • Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas for the whole bachelor and master’s degree. An English translation of all education documents is required unless the documents are in Norwegian.
  • The names and contact information for two referees.
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF)
  • Any other documentation you would like us to consider.

Attachments must be uploaded as separate files. If the attachments exceed 30 MB, they must be compressed prior to upload. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all attachments are uploaded. Documents submitted after expiry of the deadline will not be considered in the evaluation of your application.

We offer

  • An exciting and challenging position at a developing institution
  • Position is paid and placed in position code 1017, PhD candidate in the Government Salary Scale, a start pay grade of 54 (NOK 501 200,- p.a). If 4 years with 25 % teaching duties is agreed upon, 25 % will be remunerated according to the appropriate level for a teaching position, on the basis of an evaluation of relevant qualifications. For particularly qualified candidates, placement and salary can be agreed in position code 1378 PhD candidate.
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension, with among other things, good pension and insurance schemes.

For more information about INN University as an employer, please see here.

General information

For further details about the position, please contact:

  • Professor Mass Soldal Lund, phone number: +47 624 30 859 , e-mail: mass.lund@inn.no
  • Ph.d.-leader Martin Rønningen, phone number: +47 612 88 318, e-mail: martin.ronningen@inn.no

HINN believes that there is strength in inclusion and diversity. We desire employees with different competencies, professional combinations, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to an even better way of solving problems. We will facilitate for employees who need assistance to realise their goals. Relevant adaptations can be, for example, technical aids, adapting furniture or adjusting routines, work tasks and working hours.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, gaps in the CV or immigrant background, we shall call at least one applicant in each of these categories for an interview. In order to be considered as an applicant in these groups, the applicants must meet certain requirements. You can read more on this here.

We encourage applicants to tick in Jobbnorge if they have a disability, a gap in their CV or immigrant background. The ticks in the jobseeker portal form the basis for anonymised statistics that all state-owned enterprises report in their annual reports

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.

Apply for position

Powered by Labrador CMS