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Postdoctoral fellowship on Innovation and Sustainability Transitions

Deadline: 30.06.2021

Description of the position

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.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS - Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science.

We offer a 3-year postdoctoral positon to work in the Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Studies (NTRANS). NTRANS is an 8-year research center for environmental-friendly energy funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The postdoc will work within Research Area 2 entitled “Accelerating the Energy Transition”. It explores different aspects of accelerating transitions organized around 3 work packages (WPs) including understanding the pace of diffusion of key zero-emission innovations (WP1), augmenting resource mobilization for energy transition e.g. via incumbent firm reorientation and change in the financial sector, and whether and how transformative innovation policy can accelerate transition processes across multiple sectors in parallel (WP3). We expect applicants to develop and submit their own tentative postdoc research project and plan by building on and possibly extending elements of Research Area 2, for further information follow this link.

Qualification requirements

The candidates will have to fulfill the following criteria:

  • A PhD degree in a social science discipline, with relevance for the area of innovation studies (innovation studies, sustainability transitions studies, management studies, sociology, economics, etc.)
  • Only candidates that have submitted their PhD before the closing date for this position can apply. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Demonstrated experience with relevant theories and methods for studies of innovation and sustainability transitions is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is an advantage but not strictly necessary. High-level proficiency in written and spoken English is required.
  • The ability to perform high impact academic work, demonstrated by previous publications in relevant journals, will be positive.

It is expected that the applicants have reviewed the project description for NTRANS, and can describe how their research will contribute to the work and the goals set for the Center. The full project description is available on TIK’s website NTRANS - The Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Studies - TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (uio.no).

It is expected that the successful candidate participate actively in the NTRANS project group at the University of Oslo, and contribute to a high standard of collegiality in the project group and the TIK Centre’s working environment. Residence in or close to Oslo is thus preferable.

In assessing applicants, we will emphasize each candidates’ academic background and potential, as well as motivation and match with the project.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 526 000 – 608 200 per annum depending on qualifications
  • A pleasant and stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits, including possibilities for University’s kindergarten and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.

How to apply

The application must include, preferably in PDF-format

  • An application letter
  • A project description that explains how the applicant would mobilize theoretical perspectives and empirical strategies to carry out the work. The text should link to NTRANS project description, and explain how this position will contribute to it, and to the broader literature on sustainability transitions (maximum 5 pages)
  • A detailed academic CV listing education, prior employment, academic experience, other relevant experiences and qualifications, detailed list of publications
  • Up to three publications that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Jobbnorge, 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).

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow 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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

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