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PhD Research Fellowship in Innovations studies and rural regions

Deadline: 30.04.2020

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 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".

The PhD programme Innovation in Services - Public and Private invites candidates to apply for PhD Research Fellowship in Innovations studies and rural regions

The position

The Inland School of Business and Social Sciences, PhD programme Innovation in Services - Public and Private (INSEPP) invites candidates to apply for a 3-year PhD research fellowship to work with the broad field of innovation studies with particular focus on peripheral regions.

The position lasts for three years, 100%. Depending on the department`s needs, and the candidate`s desires and competence, 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 2023/2024.

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 of commencement. The University will assist the selected candidate to formulate this agreement.

The PhD student will be a part of the growing innovation team at INSEPP during the Phd period.

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The project

New path development and innovation in rural areas

The PhD candidate is expected to work within the broad field of innovation from a social science perspective with particular focus on regional development. We seek candidates with master education within the field of geography, political science, sociology, planning or equivalent.

We seek candidates that are highly motivated for research in the field of innovation theory and regional development within social sciences. Research areas can be dynamics of innovation system vs firm agency approaches (e.g. strategies, activities) for innovation, and/or endogenous factors vs extra-regional factors for innovative activity, i.e. multiscalar, factors (e.g. value chains, national and global regulations) in new path development.

Topics of particular interest:

  • Global Value Chains and Global production networks role in regional innovation
  • Identify and analyse the importance of regional and or sectorial factors that promote or hinders innovation in rural regions.
  • Analyse important drivers and sources to innovation.
  • Compare innovation dynamics and the innovation activities in different businesses/industries/regions.
  • Identify the role of internal or external collaboration in innovation processes.

Qualifications and personal skills

  • The person to be appointed must have a master's degree, 120 ECTS, including a master's thesis of at least 30 ECT cf. NOKUT’s (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education’s) requirements for admission to PhD-education at Norwegian universities. Applicants with a master’s degree from universities abroad, have to 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. https://www.nokut.no/en/services/recognition-of-foreign-higher-education/
  • Expertise in relevant ICT software program
  • Language proficiency: Oral and written English is required. In addition, it may be an advantage to have command of a Nordic language.
  • Ability to work independently and purposefully but also have a command of co-operation on research tasks and publishing

For information on Ph.D position in general, see: Regulations on employment conditions for positions as postdoctoral, fellow, scientific assistent

How to apply

The application and all attachments are to be submitted electronically and should include the following:

  • Application letter
  • Project description and progress plan (4-5 pages) for the work to be undertaken, where academic relevance and different challenges and possibilities within the project is being outlined.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and letters of recommendation (if any)
  • A complete list of publications (if any)

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the public list of applicants.

We offer

  • An academically stimulating work environment with engaged colleagues and a growing institution
  • An attractive place to live, with immediate access to nature, urban environments and a variety of offers within culture and sports
  • A beautiful campus, situated in peaceful surroundings just outside of the centre of Lillehammer
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Good pension benefits, under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds
  • A pay grade of 54 (NOK 479 600,- 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.

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