Research fellow within risk and emergency management

Deadline: 30.11.2021


Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.

In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.

Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

Nord University Business School (HHN) educates the economists, managers and innovators of tomorrow. The Business School provides relevant education and research holding international level through its close cooperation with business, public management and society. The Faculty offers a PhD in Business. Nord University Business School has 2,800 students and 230 employees. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Market, Organisation and Management; Economic Analysis and Accounting, and Traffic.

Read more: www.nord.no/hhn

About the position

Nord University Business School is currently looking to recruit a new research fellow / PhD candidate within the area of risk and emergency management. The position is a part of a research project on risk awareness and risk evaluation in the Arctic sea areas aimed at emergency management and coordination in complexity.

In the dynamically changing Arctic conditions, there is a need to reflect on risk of emergencies as well as potentially escalating consequences during the response coordination. Responding to and reducing the impact of emergencies and disasters in the Arctic represents a huge challenge that requires co-ordinated and collaborative action.

The candidate should have a focus on enhancing risk understanding in terms of organizational preparedness and response capabilities in a maritime operational setting. This should include looking at how experience and knowledge of previous maritime emergencies and risks related to preparedness and emergency management can contribute to safer operations in the Arctic.

A preliminary version of your research project must be included as part of your application. You are welcome to contact the faculty to discuss the project. During the first two months of being employed as a research fellow you complete the description of the project and submit the formal application to the PhD programme at Nord University Business School.

The four year scholarship includes 25 % teaching/supervision and/or research assistance responsibilities. Examples of tasks are contribution to various project activities, activities of the research group Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management under the Marketing, Organization and Management Division.

As a PhD candidate you will be part of a structured program that includes courses, article writing and participation in scientific conferences and seminars. A research stay abroad at a university is encouraged. You will also be connected to one of the existing research groups at the Business School. PhD candidates are appointed a main supervisor at the faculty, and a co-supervisor who is often from another institution. The candidate will work to produce a doctoral dissertation, which is to be written in English.

The candidates will be required to maintain a working presence at Nord University Business School, Bodø.

Qualification requirements:

  • A university degree of minimum five years (300 ECTS credits) within the field of business (Master of Science), or equivalent education, of which at least two years (120 ECTS) at the master level that includes a master thesis as the final academic accomplishment. A minimum of 90 ECTS credits must be within the proposed area of research
  • Excellent grades from your Master of Science degree (normally an average of B or better and the same for the master thesis, or equivalent level in a different grading system)
  • Candidates must qualify for admission to the PhD programme, all requirement must be documented
  • Excellent English written and oral language skills. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. Please refer to the "Language requirements" section on this page.
  • Good analytical skills and knowledge of research methods relevant for the proposed project

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • The quality and feasibility of the outlined research project
  • Themes and perspectives from the applicant's master's degree
  • Quality of the master's thesis
  • Applicant's description of motivation for the doctoral dissertation
  • Relevant experience from research work
  • It is an advantage if candidates speak Norwegian, or other Scandinavian languages.
  • Personal suitability and grades

We offer:

  • The annual salary for PhD candidates is set at wage level 54 (NOK 491 200) in the Norwegian State Salary Scale. As an employee of Nord University, you will be member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A statutory payment to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from the salary automatically.
  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information:

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

Termination can be considered if admission to the doctoral program is not available within the deadline, in the absence of annual reporting of progress and / or serious failure in progress and in compulsory work.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply.

Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees. If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review

Contact information:

  • Professional inquiries: Associate professor Natalia Andreassen, [email protected], tlf: 75 51 71 38
  • Administrative inquiries: Office manager Ellen Abelgård, [email protected], tlf. 75 51 76 68

Application process:

Applicants will be evaluated by an internal expert committee. Relevant applicants will be invited for an interview, trial lecture or other presentations.

The Business School reserves the right not to hire applicants who may be scientifically qualified but who do not meet other criteria such as language, educational background or personal characteristics.


Application must be submitted electronically by 30.11.2021.

The application must include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position.
  • Master thesis (full text), or (if not yet submitted) a preliminary version.
  • Description of your tentative research project, 3-5 pages, including the theoretical basis, intended methodology and timeline, see info on relevant topic under "About the position"
  • A complete CV (education, work experience and publications).
  • Certified copies of academic degree transcripts for academic degrees (both bachelor and master degree) and other relevant qualifications. Originals must be submitted on request.
  • Any other activity that is considered relevant to the position, and which is to be taken into account when assessing, must be documented.
  • Names and contact information for 1-3 references (one of these should be the main supervisor from the master's thesis). Enter your relationship to the person, email and phone number.
  • Applicants with a foreign education must attach official documentation showing which grades on the diploma are on a high academic level and the criteria that underpin this assessment. If the original testimonial, grade transcripts and the additional documentation or scientific work is not in English or a Scandinavian language, a certified translation must be submitted. It is an advantage if they can also attach NOKUT's general approval that the education corresponds to the Norwegian master's degree. Visit www.nokut.no for more information on general approval of higher education

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form. It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

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