Postdoctoral Fellows in Innovation, Management or Marketing - Sustainable Digital Transformation

Deadline: 19.12.2021

University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway has about 18 000 students and about 1900 employees. The university is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university is to provide socially relevant education, geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

The USN Scool of Business have a vacancy for a 2-3 year temporary post as Postdoctoral Fellows in Innovation, Management or Marketing - Sustainable Digital Transformation

About the position

The USN School of Business has a vacancy position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation, Management or Marketing – Sustainable Digital transformation. The period for appointment is two up to three years. The appointment date is 01.03.22.

The position is associated with the Department of Business, History and Social Sciences and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment will be at campus Vestfold, Norway.

Information about the position

The position is placed within the groups of researchers at USN studying digital transformation. This mainly include two sub-groups of researchers with extensive portfolios of research projects on digital transformation in service sectors headed by professor Per Egil Pedersen and high-tech manufacturing industries headed by professor Vinit Parida, respectively. In total, the groups constitute 15 researchers ranging from PhD students and postdocs to experienced senior professors.

Together with the other 15 researchers of the digital transformation project teams, you will work in research projects that aim to influence the future of production, distribution, and consumption in a more sustainable direction. You will take part in advanced analyses of how new industry ecosystems form and evolve and will be given opportunities to build a successful career based on advanced qualitative and quantitative methods and internationally respected publications within the broad field of management research.

This position is open for alignment with several of the projects in the portfolio of the research group on digital transformation such as the project Autonomous Systems in Transport and Industrial Processes (AUTOSTRIP), but the position will align particularly with the challenges the projects: AI Enabled Transition to Circular Business Models for Norwegian Industrial Ecosystems (AI-CBMI). This project explores the transformations required of industrial companies when new technologies like AI support business model innovations at the ecosystem rather than the company level and when circularity and sustainability at the ecosystem level become an inherent characteristic of such new business models. Project partners include manufacturing industry partners like Kongsberg, Scania, and Volvo are already involved in the portfolio of projects held by the research groups.

The project consists of three main work packages where different candidates profile may be relevant. One work package address scoping and literature review, and the second one is an explorative study of AI-driven Circular Business Model in industrial ecosystems, and the third work package address an evolutionary perspective on industrial ecosystem orchestration in AI-driven circular business models. The project relies on extensive collaboration between respected international research institutions associated with USN and industry partners and University partners like Luleå University of Technology. More detailed information on the aim, structure and activities of these projects is available upon request.

The period for appointment is two up to three years.

If the appointment period is more than two years the teaching and administration loads will be up to 20% per year, equivalent to approximately one full course per year or the equivalent number of hours dedicated to administrative assignments within the project portfolios of the research groups on digital transformation.


  • Applicants must have a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent education abroad in Innovation, Management or Marketing or their equivalent.
  • Experience from conducting research in partnership between academia and society (public and/or private stakeholders) will be emphasized and should be documented.
  • Further, extensive experience with advanced methods related to conducting organizational research is required (e.g., experience with case study research, interviewing and observation and/or experience with advanced quantitative research methods).
  • The applicants must have obtained the doctorate degree by the time of appointment.
  • The applicant should demonstrate strong research productivity (i.e., several publications in ABS level 2/3 journals) and the ability to collaborate in research teams as well as with involved stakeholders in research-projects.
  • The candidates must be motivated to share knowledge and to cooperate with the researchers in the project as well as with the involved partners.
  • Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.
  • Flexibility and good communicative skills towards academics and public audiences will be emphasized.
  • The successful applicant is expected to be actively engaged in relevant research communities, and to contribute to the development of national and international research networks.
  • Required languages is English: Excellent. Knowledge and skill in Scandinavian language is a merit.
  • Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidates must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realize common objectives.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Good pension scheme and favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Employee benefits, including opportunity to exercise during working hours.


The positions as postdoctoral fellow (postdoktor, code 1352) is placed in the state salary scale at levels 62-74 (NOK 555 800 - 694 400 per year), depending on seniority. In special cases, higher salary may be considered. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan

Salary grade according to seniority and competence. Statutory amounts for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from salary.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

Additional information

The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for appointments to academic positions at University of South-Eastern Norway. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

According to our human resources policy, it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the post. We endeavor to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt your workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined

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:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • Other relevant skills
  • Master’s and Phd thesis
  • A 5-page (maximum) description of how the candidate will contribute to the project
  • 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.

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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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