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Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET): 3 year postdoc position

Deadline: 15.05.2019

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position

At the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow within actionable knowledge linked to deep and rapid transformation – particularly the themes of climate mitigation policy, carbon budgets, priority setting and equity. The position is not limited to specific disciplines, and is for a fixed term of 3 years.

About the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

The Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) at the University of Bergen (UiB) aims at producing actionable knowledge about how to achieve deep, rapid and sustainable transformation of society to meet the climate challenge. CET is an interdisciplinary research centre based at the UiB Faculty of Social Sciences, and works closely with scientists from a variety of disciplines. Collaborating partners in CET are the University of Bergen and The Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE), which are both members of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Change Research, and the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). A total of approximately 50 scientists from UiB, NORCE and NHH are affiliated with the centre, spanning a wide range of disciplines within social science (geography, economics, political science), natural science, psychology and law.

Current central research themes at CET are:

  • Governance and urban transformations
  • Perceptions, policy preferences and social embeddedness
  • Energy systems and transitions
  • Climate adaptation
  • Sustainable transport

Climate and energy transition is one of three priority areas at the University of Bergen. For more information about CET, please see:


About the project/work tasks:

We are currently seeking a postdoctoral fellow to expand and strengthen our work on actionable knowledge linked to deep and rapid transformation – particularly the themes of climate mitigation policy, carbon budgets, priority setting and equity, and are looking for a candidate with a strong academic record in those areas. The position is not limited to specific disciplines, but should show clear relevance to social science.

The successful candidate will engage in scientific activities, publications, supervision, project development and collaborations. The postdoctoral fellow must comply with the guidelines for CET affiliated researchers, including the CET Low-Carbon Travel Policy.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Completed PhD. The doctoral thesis must have been submitted for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition for employment that the PhD has been awarded;
  • A strong academic background and documented expertise within climate policy, carbon budgets, priority setting and/or equity. This implies a demonstrated ability to publish research at a high international level;
  • An interest in interdisciplinary research is a requirement, and experience with interdisciplinary work is an advantage;
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English;
  • Personal aptitude and cooperative skills will be taken into consideration.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

The completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work, as well as a progress plan, will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor and Head of department.

It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 59-62 in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 515 200 – 544 400 before taxes. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace.
  • Good welfare benefits.
  • The city of Bergen – a welcoming and well-connected European city with a unique mix of vibrant life and extraordinary nature.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter including a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position;
  • A research statement with plans for the employment period (5-8 pages). This should include concrete ambitions for scientific advances and publications, as well as dissemination (academic and non-academic);
  • An academic CV, including publications, conference presentations, and other relevant academic activities;
  • The names and contact information for two references. One of these must be the main supervisor from the PhD programme;
  • Certified copies of all relevant transcripts, diplomas and certificates. Documentation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted/awarded.
  • Up to five scientific publications.
  • The application (cover letter and research statement) must be written in English, and all additional documentation must be submitted in English or a Scandinavian language (certified translations if originals are in another language).

The application has to be marked with: 19/4409

The closing date is May 15, 2019 .

General information:

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The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. 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.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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