Postdoctoral Fellows in Innovation, Management or Marketing

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 School of business have a vacancy for a temporary post as Postdoctoral Fellows in Innovation, Management or Marketing

About the position

The USN School of Business has a vacancy for a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation, Management or Marketing in the period from 01.03.22 until 31.03.24 with possibilities for a one-year extension.

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 group 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. Together, the groups constitute 15 researchers ranging from PhD students and postdocs to experienced senior professors.

This position is open for alignment with several of the projects in the portfolio of the research group on digital transformation in the service sectors, but will align particularly well with the challenges of one of the projects managed by this group: "DISRE - Data Driven Innovation in Speciality Retail Ecosystems".This project aims to explore how data sharing in speciality retailing ecosystems may provide a foundation for innovative and more sustainable service offerings to end consumers.

This project includes two work packages where different candidate profiles may be relevant: One work package address concept design applying service design methods in service systems and the other address the identification, measurement and development of data driven innovation capabilities in ecosystems.

The project relies on extensive collaboration between respected international research institutions associated with USN and industry partners. Leading Nordic service sector partners like Jernia, Voice and Virke and University partners like Luleå University of Technology and the University of Oslo are involved in project along with several other service industry partners that take part in the portfolio of projects held by the research group. More detailed information on the aim, structure and activities of these projects is available upon request.

Together with the other researchers of the digital transformation project team, you will work in research projects that aim to influence the future of production, distribution and consumption of services 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.

For candidates interested in obtaining project management qualifications, the appointment may also offer experience in administrative and project management work of a load up to 20% related to assignments within the project portfolios of the research groups on digital transformation.


  • Applicants must have a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent education abroad in marketing, business, management, industrial engineering, industry-oriented life sciences or their equivalent.
  • The applicants must have obtained the doctorate degree by the time of appointment
  • The applicants should demonstrate research productivity and the ability to collaborate in research teams.
  • The candidates must be motivated to share their knowledge and to cooperate actively a team of researchers. This also includes co‑publication.
  • Personal suitability for the positions will be emphasized.
  • The successful applicants are 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.
  • 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 realise 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 appointing body is the appointments committee for teaching and research posts at the University of South-Eastern Norway. An expert committee will assess the applications. Based on the committee’s recommendations, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview and a trial lecture.

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

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.

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:

  • 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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