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PhD Research Fellow in Information Systems
Universitetet i Oslo
The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.
The Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of nine departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics.
The Department has more than 1800 students on bachelor level, 600 master students, and over 240 PhDs and postdocs. The overall staff of the Department is close to 370 employees, about 280 of these in full time positions. The full time tenured academic staff is 75, mostly Full/Associate Professors.
Position as PhD Research Fellow in Information Systems available at the Department of Informatics.
No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date no later than 1st of September.
The fellowship period is three (3) years devoted to research education. Candidates may potentially be offered one additional year by the Department of Informatics; the 4 years position then entails a compulsory work load of 25% that may consist of teaching, supervision duties, and research assistance.
More about the position
We look for a motivated and talented candidate who is interested in the sociotechnical aspects of AI in organizations. This includes topics such as the impact of AI on work, work practices and knowing within organizations, how AI tools are used in practice and integrated into organizations and into existing sociotechnical infrastructures, how human-AI collaboration plays out in organizations, how configurations of human and AI evolve over time.
The PhD is expected to contribute to theoretical development in the field of Information Systems. The PhD will include in depth work with the research literature on the topic of work, organization and digital technologies and engagement with theories within Information Systems research as well as related debates on digitalization, datafication and digital transformation.
The candidate is expected to conduct extended empirical research in form of fieldwork based on qualitative methods such as observations and interviews in organizational contexts. The focus of the research is on the work and organizing related to AI.
The PhD position is affiliated to the Digital Innovation Research Group at the Department of Informatics. The candidate is expected to actively participate in the activities of the group (research seminars, group meetings, reading and writing seminars). The candidate is also expected to actively participate in the academic community in Information Systems at national, Scandinavian and international level. The candidate will also collaborate with existing research environments on the topic of AI in Information Systems research.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for this fellowship will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.
- Master in Information Systems in a subject area that is relevant to the topic of the PhD announcement in terms of both research fields, research problem and methodology
- Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
- A strong background in qualitative methodologies including data collection methods, analytical approaches and theory-informed interpretative research
- Knowledge of Information Systems Research: knowledge of theories of digital innovation, and information infrastructure
- Excellent skills in written and oral English
- Experience with academic written English
- Scientific/academic publications
- Proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language
Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2023 to complete the final exam.
The norm is as follows:
- the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
- the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
- the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
- English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements
The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.
The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:
We look for a person with good:
- Communication skills
- Collaborative skills
- Writing skills
- Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per year depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
- Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
- Vibrant international academic environment
- Career development programmes
- Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
How to apply
The application must include:
- Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
- Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records and
- Documentation of English proficiency
- List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
- Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
- Project proposal: max 6 pages.
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system (please follow the link “Apply for this job”). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.
Applicants will be called in for an interview.
Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.
No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.
According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.
Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.
If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.
For further information please contact: Associate Professor Miria Grisote-mail: [email protected]
For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Therese Ringvold, e-mail: [email protected]
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