Ph.D. Research Fellow in politics and sports / outdoor life

Deadline: 07.11.2021

University of South-Eastern Norway

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

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The Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Eductaional Science have a vacancy for a temporary position as Ph.D. Research Fellow in politics and sports/outdoor life

About the position

The Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Eductaional Science has a vacancy for a 100% position as Ph.D. Research Fellow in politics and sport/outdoor life.

The position is located at the Department of Sports, Physical Education and Outdoor Studies and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Bø in Telemark.

The employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations, and there is a premise for employment that the Ph.D. Research Fellow is enrolled in USN’s Ph.D. program in Culture Studies within three months of accession in the position.

About the PhD-project

The theme for the research project is the relationship between politics and sports/outdoor life. Based on this, the Ph.D. research fellow should outline a more specific topic area for his or her doctoral project. It can, for example, be the relationship between politics, sports and facilities; recent political signals about sports and physical activity and consequences for the population's activity habits; the relationship between politics and administration in the planning and facilitation of physical activity and sports in the population; the population's experience of the authorities' regulation of their voluntary physical and sporting development and the like. Potential applicants must themselves define their topic within this relatively broad problem area. However, the project must be related to the areas of cultural understanding and / or cultural policy, as described in the Ph.D. program for cultural studies. Applicants are asked to formulate a project description in which more precise and limited issues, as well as theoretical and methodological choices, are presented and justified.


Applicants to the Ph.D. position must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) equivalent higher education qualifications in outdoor life studies, physical eduction, sports cultural studies, sociology, political science or similar.The degree must be accomplished before application deadline.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in team work. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Culture Studies within three months of accession in the position. For admission to the Programme the wighted average grade is B or higher is usually required.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 491 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Other relevant certificates
  • Master thesis or equivalent
  • A 5 page project description or motivation letter
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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