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PhD Research Fellow positions within Responsible Industry Innovation and Sustainable Transitions

Deadline: 31.08.2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development is a research and competence center in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship. The center develops and disseminates research-based knowledge about and for innovation for use in education and regional business development. Through research and close collaborative relationships with regional industries and policy actors , the Mohns Center contributes to a responsible development of the innovation system in Western Norway. The center also coordinates a master's degree program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has a central role in the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences work on entrepreneurship among students and staff. The Mohns Center is a dynamic and informal work environment that is developing positively. The center currently has 21 employees.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Science has a vacancy for two PhD Research Fellow positions within Responsible Industry Innovation and Sustainable Transitions

About the position:

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences has two PhD Research Fellow positions within Responsible Industry Innovation and Sustainable Transitions available for a period of 4 years. The positions are affiliated with the Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development at the Faculty for Engineering and Science, Campus Bergen.

The candidates must enroll in the PhD program ‘Responsible Innovation and Regional Development’ (RESINNREG) at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. This is an interdiciplinary doctoral programme investigating how innovations can meet environmental and social challenges in addition to economic tasks in regional contexts, read more about the program here www.hvl.no/en/studies-at-hvl/study-programmes/2020h/phdinn

Currently, there are 12 PhD Research Fellows affiliated with the program.

The announced positions are part of the ‘Responsible Industry Innovation’ research pillar, one of three pillars within the program. The focus of this pillar is on firms, organisation, institutions and systems to understand the drivers and obstacles for responsible innovation and sustainable transitions.

The following topics can be of relevance for a PhD-project:

  • Responsible entrepreneurship and new firm formation.
  • Green value creation and the development of new sustainable business models
  • Sustainable transitions in regions
  • Development and implementation of sustainable technologies
  • Policy for sustainable regional development

Workplace campus Bergen.

Key duties- and responsibilities:

The PhD position is a temporary four-year full position. 25% of the four-year period will be designated to duties such as teaching, innovation acitivities and administrative tasks at the Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student in the RESINNREG-program within 3 months from the start of the employment.


The qualification requirement is a master’s degree (120 ECTS) in innovation studies or equivalent education with relevance to the subject area of responsible innovation and sustainable transitions. The candidate must also have written a master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. The master’s thesis must be submitted for assessment by the application deadline, and the masters’s degree must be approved no later than 4 weeks after the application deadline.

The application must contain a project description of up to five pages, explaining the topic, the problem, the choice of theory and method, as well as the plan for the implementation of a potential project. A final project description for the PhD project will be developed in consultation with the supervisors.

The following qualification will be particularly emphasized:

  • Academic qualification within the advertised areas (responsible innovation and sustainable transitions)
  • Quality of the master’s thesis
  • Quality of the project description
  • Additional scientific publications

The PhD position is a recruitment position, and the appointed candidates will be part of an active research milieu at the Mohn Centre for Innovation and Regional Development.

Application procedure:

Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.

Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master thesis
  • Project description
  • CV
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • Copies of additional scientific publication (no more than 5)

If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels. For applicant, whose education is from another country than Norway, it is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education (bachelor and master’s degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.

The applicants will be evaluated by an scientific committee of three members. Based on the committee’s recommendation, a short list of qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.


  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview and a presentation of previous work, e.g. based on their master’s thesis.


1) Head of the Mohn centre: Jens Kristian Fosse, phone +47 55 58 71 29

2) Head of research at the Mohn Centre: Professor Stig-Erik Jakobsen, e-mail: [email protected], phone +47 55 58 72 14

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