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PhD Research Fellowships in Economics

Deadline: 15.01.2024

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Department of Economics is the highest ranked institute for economic research in Norway and in the top group in the Nordic countries. The Department offers Bachelor's and Master's programmes, as well as a doctoral programme with approximately 40 students. The department has attracted a number of ERC grants, and it hosts a centre for public economics, Norwegian Fiscal Studies (NFS).

Job description

2-4 PhD Research Fellow positions (SKO 1017) for the PhD programme are available at the Department of Economics.

The appointments are for a period of 4 years with 25% teaching and administrative duties. PhD Research Fellows will automatically be admitted to the Faculty of Social Sciences' PhD programme and benefit from the Faculty’s organized research training.

One position will be associated with the project “Principles under pressure? A study of governmental crisis management”, funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project aims to provide new knowledge on the nature of economic crises, and on which lessons that can be transferred from one crisis to another. The position will be associated with a part of the project lead by Professor Andreas Moxnes. A specific object of research will be to analyze the impact of bankruptcies and large shocks to firms, with a focus on allocation and efficiency. The project will rely on Norwegian micro data from administrative registers. For this position we are looking for a candidate with a strong analytical background and econometric skills, and a sincere interest in the topic of the project.

One to three positions are not linked to specific topics or research projects. Applications from candidates in all fields of economics are encouraged and in particular in fields where the department has a strong research base and supervision capacity.

Qualification requirements

Proven academic record: The PhD candidate must hold a 2-year Master's degree (including master’s dissertation) or an equivalent qualification in economics. Please note that accounting, auditing, business, marketing or management do not count as economics. Candidates completing their Master's degrees (or equivalent) in the spring semester 2024 before August 1, 2024, may apply.

Candidates who have already completed economics courses at the postgraduate level in econometrics, microeconomics and/or macroeconomics will have a distinct advantage in the ranking of candidates, but strong candidates who lack this background may also be accepted and will be required to take such courses as part of the PhD programme. Candidates with a degree from another institution than the University of Oslo will need to document qualifications based on detailed course descriptions and syllabuses.

Candidates who have completed a PhD program in Economics, will not be accepted.

Candidates who have already been accepted to a PhD program in Economics must inform about this.

GRE test: For candidates with education from an institution outside the European Economic Area/the European Union, the UK or Switzerland a recent score from the general GRE test is required as part of the documentation of qualifications. Please add UiO as a recipient of your GRE test using our institutional code 0756. In addition, you must scan and upload a copy of your test result to the application portal. The Department of Economics does not accept the GMAT tests to substitute the GRE.

Proof of proficiency in English: A good command of English is required of all applicants. Students must document their proficiency in English by taking either TOEFL- or IELTS-test. For information about score requirements, see Requirements for admission to the PhD programme in Economics. Applicants are waived from TOEFL/IELTS if you are a native English speaker, have a qualifying Master’s degree from a Nordic school or you have a qualifying Master’s degree where the language of tuition was English.

For further information, please visit the Faculty of Social Sciences’ homepage for the PhD programme: Applying for a PhD fellowship at the Faculty of Social Sciences

We offer

  • Salary NOK 532 000 to 575 400 per annum depending on qualifications
  • A comprehensive course curriculum
  • Supervision by one or two academic supervisors
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Attractive employee benefits (e.g. paid parental leave)
  • Fellows will be provided with their own office space and will have access to all the facilities of the department

Evaluation of the application

We seek highly motivated candidates with an excellent background in economics. When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant's proven academic record, the project proposal and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project.

Emphasis will moreover be placed on how the project fits the research strategy of the Department of Economics and supervision capacity. For further information, please see detailed guidelines for the project proposal. Applicants may be invited to an interview.

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter
  • Project proposal of 5-10 pages
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of (both) transcripts and diplomas, and letters of recommendation (if any) List of relevant publications and other academic work
  • Research papers, including master's dissertation. Where research work is co-authored, the contribution of the candidate should be indicated
  • Letters of recommendation may be included in the application but are not required. Letters of recommendation can also be sent via email to Tone Enger (see email address below).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Important documents in other languages than English or Scandinavian must be translated into one of these languages. Applications without sufficient documentation will not be considered.

Formal regulations

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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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.

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