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Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Global Development and Planning

Deadline: 09.12.2019

About the position

1-2 fixed-term 100 % positions are available at the Department of Global Development and Planning, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, for a period of 2 years, alternatively 3 or 4 years including teaching responsibilities. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

The department has an excellent research environment and offers two bachelor’s programmes; one in Development Studies, the other in Planning and Communication. It also offers a master’s programme in Global Development and Planning, with two different specialisations, as well as a PhD programme.


The objective of the two- year post-doc position is research and research dissemination. There is no fixed teaching incorporated in the position, but the candidate is expected to provide lectures in courses in his/her field of speciality, contribute to the department’s research seminars and contribute to the overall administrative work of the research cluster to which the candidate will be affiliated. A post-doctoral research position should function as an intermediate step in the research career following the completion of a PhD degree and preceding a faculty position in a university. For this reason, the department is committed to offering a suitable environment and activities that allow the post-doctoral researcher to 1) consolidate her/his research maturity, 2) develop teaching and advising skills and 3) build a resume that facilities her/his incorporation into the academia.

Required qualifications

To be regarded as an eligible applicant, the candidates must have a doctoral degree from a Norwegian or accredited foreign university in a relevant subject area within the social sciences or humanities. However, as some of the research clusters are cross-disciplinary, potential candidates with a background in other disciplines may be considered, based on the overall topic and its relevance for the department. Potential applicants must have had their theses approved by the time of the application deadline. It is desirable that the applicant has defended his/her doctoral thesis within the last five years.

International publishing, good international networks and experience from international cooperation will be emphasised. The project description must highlight the relevance of the project to existing research at the department and clearly related to core topics within the department’s research clusters. Proposals that potentially bridge research clusters are particularly welcomed. Emphasis will be placed upon the project description. The appointed candidate must be able to contribute to the long-term development of the Department’s research, have strong academic credentials, as well as written and spoken English proficiency

Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-doctoral Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Desired qualifications

  • Scientific ambitions.
  • Motivation and strong interest in research and research dissemination.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills. Capacity for goal-oriented work and ability to concentrate

Personal qualities

  • Capacity to perform independent research
  • Good communication and team-working skills, inventiveness and a proactive attitude

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352, NOK 504.700-573.100 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Read more about the employment process here.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • List of publications
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Up to 10 academic articles and R&D projects which the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process
  • A description of the applicant’s research interests, the background for the research question that the applicant wishes to work on, and its relevance for the advertised position. A brief overview of relevant research pertaining to the design of assignments and relevant issues for research should also be included here
  • Project plan

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 9 Decemeber 2019.


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