Predoctoral Fellow - Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism (DIPA)

Deadline: 02.01.2024

University of Bergen

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Predoctoral Fellow

There is a vacancy for a predoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism (DIPA) at the Department of Government, University of Bergen, Norway. The position is for a fixed-term period of 12 months. The formal name of the predoctoral position in the university system is "research assistant". Total employment as a predoctoral fellow in this category of positions (research assistant positions) cannot exceed two years.

A predoctoral fellow is a recruitment position where the main task is to be a supporting entity to academic staff in their instructional and research endeavors. The predoctoral position is for candidates that seek a career in academia and aim for a PhD. The position will provide the opportunity to gain insight into scientific work and methodology by working for an experienced PI and to be a team member in an ambitious research team of young researchers. The candidate´s work task will be related to collected survey data and the research projects at the DIPA- Centre, University of Bergen, Norway, in collaboration with PI for the projects Professor Marit Skivenes.

Job description:

Will include tasks related to work with:

  • Coding of data material.
  • Administer practicalities with surveys.
  • Practical tasks associated with research projects.
  • Collecting numerical and statistical material.
  • Perform statistical analyses.
  • Assist with organizing conferences and seminars.
  • Conduct literature searches.
  • Other administrative tasks.

Requirements and personal characteristics:

  • A master’s degree in political science, sociology, economy (other relevant social science subjects may be considered for exceptional candidates). The degree must be completed by the application deadline.
  • It is a prerequisite that the person being employed can demonstrate good knowledge of social science methodology, especially quantitative methods.
  • Experience with statistical analysis software such as Stata, SPSS or equivalent is necessary.
  • Good skills in qualitative method and Nvivo program (or the equivalent) is a positive factor.
  • Excellent language skills in English, both oral and written, is required.
  • Good administrative IT skills are necessary.
  • Good academic results are emphasized.
  • Ability to work systematically and results-oriented is important.
  • Good cooperation and communication skills are required.
  • High work capacity is expected.
  • Strong motivation for the research areas of the DIPA center is a plus, see overview of projects at DIPA webpage
  • Experience working on research projects is a plus.
  • Ambition to pursue a doctoral degree is required.

We can offer:

The application:

Application with CV, copies of diplomas, certificates of education and other relevant documents with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge (by the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.)

Closing date: January 2, 2024. 

The application must marked: 2023/16233.

Potential candidates will be invited for an interview.

General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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