PhD Research Fellow within responsible innovation in the Norwegian salmon farming industry

Deadline: 31.08.2021

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences has a vacancy for a three-year research fellow position within Responsible innovation in the Norwegian salmon farming industry

About the position:

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 Faculty of Engineering and Science has approximately 270 employees and approximately 3,200 students. The faculty has a broad educational offer at both bachelor's and master's level in engineering and science, as well as PhD education in computer technology. The Mohns Center for Innovation and Regional Development researches innovation and offers master's education in innovation and entrepreneurship. The diving education offers a one-year vocational school education.

The main part of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde, but we also offer decentralized education in Stord.

The faculty's activities are internationally based and take place in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health trusts and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sector. This applies to research, development, innovation and not least education with student projects at all levels.

The Mohn center 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 18 employees.

The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences has a PhD scholarship available within ‘Responsible innovation in the Norwegian salmon farming industry’ available for a period of 3 years. The position is affiliated to the Mohn Center for Innovation and Regional Development, at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Campus Bergen.

The scholarship will be integrated in the NRC project «Responsible innovation in the Norwegian salmon farming industry: Grand Societal Challenges, Dilemmas and Improvements» that studies tensions between economic, environmental and social dilemmas in the Norwegian salmon farming industry. Furthering this, the project aims to facilitate co-creation of knowledge between different stakeholders towards improvement of innovation practices and their responsibility.

The candidates must enroll in the PhD program ‘Responsible Innovation and Regional Development’ (RESINNREG) at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. This is an interdisciplinary doctoral programme investigating how innovations can meet environmental and social challenges in addition to economic tasks in regional contexts (you can read more about the program here. Currently, there are 15 PhD Research Fellows affiliated with the program.

We are looking for applicants with interest of joining a research team providing guidelines for improving Norwegian salmon farming industries’ responsible innovation practices through:

  • Novel theoretical understandings of responsible innovation and its context-specificities
  • Analysing dilemmas between economic, environmental and social issues arising through firms’ innovation activity in different contexts
  • Investigating the effects of innovation on the economic performance of firms and regional development

Key duties and responsibilities:

The PhD research fellow will be part of an approved program for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years.

The PhD research fellow must enroll in the PhD program «Responsible Innovation and Regional Development» (RESINNREG) in Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and must meet the formal admission requirements for this PhD program. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student within 3 months from the start of the employment.


Applicants should have a master's degree (120 ECTS) in innovation and entrepreneurship or equivalent education. 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 research fellow must be able to work independently and as a co-researcher in the research group of the umbrella project. The PhD scholarships are recruitment positions that will contribute to an active research environment at the University College in Western Norway.

Application procedure:

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 desription
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • Copies of selected academic publications (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.

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. 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 a 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.


1) Professor Arnt Fløysand, e-mail: [email protected], phone: +47 55 58 71 55

2) Professor and head of centre Stig-Erik Jakobsen, e-mail: [email protected], phone +47 55 58 76 84

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