Research assistant in Sociology

Deadline: 04.06.2024

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

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Research assistant

At the Department of Sociology, there is a vacancy for a fixed-term part-time position (60% for 24 months from 1 August 2024) as a research assistant on the Horizon Europe project Pro-Coast (A PROactive approach for COmmunities to enAble Societal Transformation). Summary information about the project can be found here.

…and further information on the project website.

Total employment as a research assistant cannot exceed two years. 

About the project/work tasks:

The project aims to empower coastal communities to conserve and restore biodiversity in local ecosystems. Data is being gathered from 10 cases across diverse European coastal ecosystems using living lab, social-ecological and citizen science approaches. The Pro-Coast team is interdisciplinary, comprising environmental and social scientists and environmental NGOs. The Bergen team is responsible for researching two case studies, one concerning ‘ghost-fishing’, removing discarded fishing gear from the ocean floor, and another concerning the proposed development of the Kilden site on Askøy as a dock and transport and tourist hub. The successful applicant will take the lead in researching these cases, gathering, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and working with local stakeholders and change agents, under the supervision of Professor Herbert and liaising with the work package leaders responsible for each approach. The working language of the project is English. Fluency in Norwegian and a strong grasp of English are therefore essential.

Qualifications and personal qualities:


  • Applicants must either hold a good Norwegian Masters’ degree in Sociology, Environmental Management or a similar/equivalent degree, or have submitted their Masters thesis by 30 June 2024 and be able to demonstrate a good grade profile in completed courses.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have excellent organizational and teamworking skills.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
  • Applicants must be fluent in Norwegian.


  • It would be an advantage to have a demonstrable interest and competence in using mixed methods to investigate socio-cultural phenomena (e.g. bachelors’ or masters’ dissertation).
  • It would be an advantage to have a demonstrable interest in ecology/environmental issues.

In assessing the candidates, personal and relational qualities and organizational skills will be emphasized.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Gross annual salary as a research assistant code 1020, will be NOK 509 300, -. Further promotions are made according to length of service.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW).
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list, if any)
  • Publications (as applicable) 

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

Closing date: June 4th, 2024. 

The application must be marked 24/6388.

Potential candidates will be invited for an interview.

General information:

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Diversity is a strength that enables us to solve our tasks even better. UiB therefore needs qualified employees regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, worldview, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and age.

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.

We encourage applicants with disabilities, immigrant backgrounds, or gaps in their CV to apply. By indicating such circumstances in your application, you may receive favourable consideration. We ensure that at least one qualified applicant from each of these groups is invited for an interview as part of our commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunity.

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