Postdoctoral research fellow in innovation and circular economy

Deadline: 26.06.2022


We're seeking a post doc within innovation and circular economy.

About the position

The Business School at Nord University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in innovation and circular economy. We are now looking for a postdoc with a research background in circular economy or a strong interest in the cross-section of innovation and circular economy (CE).

Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programs and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, welfare, health and education. Nord University has 12,000 students and 1,200 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

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 the business community, the public sector and the society at large. 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 or here.

The post doc will work within the division of innovation and entrepreneurship. This is one of five divisions at the Business School and employs more than 50 people, from PhD students to adjunct professors, and is recognized internationally as the leading entrepreneurship group in Norway. The research group has a strong research profile within entrepreneurship and innovation with a focus on new business formation, innovation in existing businesses as well as public policies for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The offered position is part of two externally funded multinational projects: Circular Public Procurement (CCP) for Closing Local Material Loops (NoviKrog) and Developing skills in Intellectual Property Rights Open Data for sustainability and circularity. The two projects relate to the transformative power of innovation for this transition to CE, first by exploring how we can harness the purchasing power of the public sector via public procurement processes, and the second by exploring the role of intellectual property and the related data in this transformation. The full project description is available upon request. Please send an email to Dolores Modic.

As a post doc you will primarily be involved in the NoviKrog project, that aims so develop a circular public procurement (CPP) model, demonstrate material loops and establish an Innovation centre. Your work related to the project will be to help build the framework for CPP also by investigating CPP models applied in Scandinavia and elsewhere, and help increase the understanding of the necessary skills for effective CPP, as well as to help design the transferability of the model.

The projects offer the post doctor the opportunity to work with an international group of researchers. The position is ideal for persons aiming to develop a strong network in the area of innovation and circular economy, gaining additional project application skills, and a strong publication portfolio in these areas. The research group has an ambitious publishing plan and we expect the successful candidate to contribute to achieve this.

The contract will be for a 3-year period with a 25 % teaching load. The work is to be carried out on location in Steinkjer, Norway, in the exciting InnoCamp. Here several of the Nord University faculties are located, as well as public institutes such as SINTEF and NIBIO, private businesses and public support structures (from Innovation Norway to start-up support) are co-located. Steinkjer is a family friendly city and close to Trondheim, one of the Norwegian traveling hubs, making international travel easy.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD in Business, Management, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Environmental studies or Sustainability studies, Public Policy, or equivalent. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for assessment within the application deadline for the position and approved before the employment starts.
  • Experience in innovation, entrepreneurship research, or related areas; or environmental studies and/or circular economy, and showcasing research interests which matches the projects, dealing with innovation and circular economy.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills.

Advantageous, but not strict requirements:

  • Experience from acquisition and working on externally funded research projects (e.g. from the EU framework programmes, UN or OECD projects or similar, or national research councils).
  • Documented pedagogical experience from teaching and supervision. Although the primary duties of the position are within research, the candidate is expected and encouraged to be an active member of the Business School’s faculty and take part in teaching, supervision, outreach and administrative responsibilities.
  • Understanding of a Scandinavian (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) or Slovenian language since parts of the data in the project could be in Norwegian and/or Slovenian.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Description of research, quality and relevance for the circular economy and innovation and the projects themselves, including experience with international projects.
  • Potential and documented ability of academic publication. The scholarly portfolio (e.g. publications) and experience of the candidates, will be assessed relative to when they defended their PhD and to the field of the projects.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

We offer

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 553 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • 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.

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 recording whether this target is achieved or not.

Contact information

For further information about the positions, prospective applicants can direct their questions to:

  • Head of Division, Associate professor Karin Wigger, [email protected], tel. +47 75 51 78 59
  • Project leader, Associate professor Dolores Modic, [email protected], tel. +47 75 51 75 91
  • For administrative matters, contact Ellen Abelgård, [email protected], tel. +47 75 51 76 68

Application process

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. The applicants will be informed of the committees' assessment. As part of the overall assessment of applicants' qualifications, an interview may be required.

If there are many applicants, an internal committee may be convened to identify the most relevant candidates in the pool. These candidates will then be evaluated by an expert committee. All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome.

The Faculty reserve the right to not offer employment to applicants who are scientifically qualified, but do not satisfy criteria such as language, scientific skills or personal qualities.


Applications must be submitted electronically by June 26th 2022.

Applicants for the position are requested to send:

  • An application in which they clearly state their motivation for applying
  • A complete CV (education, work, research and teaching experience and a list of scientific publications)
  • A description of research that the candidate is interested in doing in relation to field of the projects. Applicants are encouraged to review project descriptions that can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Dolores Modic ([email protected]), and develop their research description in relation to the project
  • Certified copies of diplomas, transcripts and references. Other activities that the applicant wishes to include in an assessment of their qualification should be documented and verifiable
  • A letter describing the candidate’s teaching experience and potential experience in the supervision of students
  • Up to 5 scientific publications
  • Candidates who will defend their PhD in 2022 should attach a letter describing the status of the PhD project, preferably signed by their PhD supervisor
  • Names and contact details of 1-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

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 deadline, an applicant list will be announced publicly. Applicants asking for confidentiality must specifically explain the reasons for this in their application. Even so, the information can be published if the reasons for confidentiality are not found relevant. In such the case, an applicant will be given notice prior to the announcement, and he/she will have opportunity to withdraw the application

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