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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Department of Comparative Politics

Deadline: 01.10.2019

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Department of Comparative Politics

The Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen is advertising a 4 years Postdoctoral Research position as part of the ERC project CONSULTATIONEFFECTS led by Dr. Adriana Bunea. We invite applications from candidates doing research in one of the following areas: bureaucracies, executive policymaking, regulatory politics, governance, interest groups.

Research project and duties:

The position is part of the ERC project led by Dr. Adriana Bunea and entitled ‘CONSULTATIONEFFECTS: Effects of stakeholder consultations on the policy inputs, processes and outcomes of executive policymaking.’ The project adopts a comparative perspective and aims to investigate the effects of stakeholder consultations on the policy inputs, processes, outputs and outcomes of executive policymaking in 29 political systems: all 28 EU Member States and the EU polity.

The Research Fellow will conduct independent and collaborative research as part of and linked to the research project. Further details about the project, research team and duties associated with the position can be obtained from the Project PI, Associate Professor Adriana Bunea at [email protected]

Qualifications and personal qualities:

The applicant should:

  • Hold (or be close to submission and defence of) a PhD in political science, public administration or public policy. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Have research experience within one or more research areas such as bureaucracies, executive politics and policymaking, regulatory politics, governance, interest groups.
  • Have good or advanced quantitative methods skills and solid experience with data collection, management and analysis.
  • Have an interest in comparative research designs.
  • Have the ability to work independently and in close collaboration with others.
  • Be proficient in both written and spoken English.

The successful candidate is expected to relocate to Bergen, participate in the scholarly activities of the Department, and conform to the regulations that apply to the position.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 4 years, out of which 25 per cent of the time comprises duties to the Department of Comparative Politics.

The application must include a research outline of 2 pages in which the candidate describes the research agenda he/she would like to develop during the four-year position as part of the project. The outline should clearly specify the research themes/questions the applicant would like to investigate, the research design employed, the research outputs envisaged and their planned publication strategy. It is a requirement that the post doc project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer

The position comes with excellent opportunities for research and professional development, a salary at pay grade 60 – 63 (code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to NOK 532300 to NOK 563700 per year), enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter outlining a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • CV
  • The research proposal (maximum 2 pages)
  • The full text of a maximum of five publications to be considered in the assessment (co-authored publications must be accompanied by declarations of co-authorship). A reference list including all works of a scientific nature
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main supervisor of the PhD thesis
  • Transcripts and diplomas
  • Relevant certificates

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at www.jobbnorge.no.

The application has to be marked with: 19/22251

The closing date is October 1, 2019

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting [email protected]

Practical questions about the application process should be directed to [email protected]

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

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.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

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