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Postdoctoral research fellow in innovation and entrepreneurship

Deadline: 05.05.2019

Are you interested in innovation and entrepreneurship?

About the position

The Business School at Nord University, Norway, invites applications from outstanding candidates for a three-year position as postdoctoral research fellow in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 12,000 students and 1,400 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

Nord University Business School (HHN) educates the economists, managers and innovators of tomorrow. The Business Schoolprovides relevant education and research holding international level through its close cooperation with business, public management and society. The Faculty offers a PhD in Business. Nord University Business School has 2,800 students and 230 employees. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Market, Organisation and Management; Economic Analysis and Accounting, and Traffic.

Read more: www.nord.no/hhn

The post doc will work within the division of innovation and entrepreneurship. This is one of four divisions at the Business School and employs more than 40 people, from PhD students to professors, and is recognized internationally as the leading entrepreneurship group in Norway. The research group has a strong research profile within innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on new business formation, innovation in existing businesses as well as public policies for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The research activity can be tailored to the candidate’s own interests, but should be related to understanding the linkages between research, innovation and sustainability. Potential topics include the processes of science commercialization and technology transfer, and the wider impacts on business, society and sustainability, as well as the development and implementation of innovations in private and public sector to enable the transition to a circular economy.

The position is ideal for persons aiming to develop a strong network and publication portfolio in these areas. The research group has an ambitious publishing plan and we expect the successful candidate to contribute to achieve this.

The contract will be for a 3-year period with a 25 % teaching load, and the work is to be carried out on location in Bodø, Norway, a growing university town in an area of great natural beauty (https://visitbodo.com/home). The position may also involve tasks at Nord University’s other campuses.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD in Business, Management, Innovation, Entrepreneurship or equivalent within the last 6 years. Applicants who will complete their PhD first half of 2019 may also apply. In such cases, the application should contain a detailed letter explaining the current status of the candidate’s PhD project
  • Experience in research within innovation, entrepreneurship or related areas and/or within management and business
  • Excellent skills in research methods, preferably including quantitative approaches
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills

Advantageous, but not strict requirements:

  • Documented pedagogical qualifications and experience from teaching and supervision. This because although the primary duties of the position are within research, but the candidate is expected and encouraged to be an active member of the Business School’s faculty and take part in teaching, supervision, outreach and administrative responsibilities
  • Experience from acquisition of and conducting externally funded research projects (e.g. from the EU framework programmes, national research councils, or other public and private sources)
  • International experience and research networks
  • Good understanding of a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish)

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Description of research, quality and relevance for the position
  • Potential and documented ability of academic publication and management of research projects
  • The scholarly portfolio (e.g. publications) and experience of the candidates will be assessed relative to when they defended their PhD
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

We offer

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

The position is paid according to the Government regulations, postdoctoral code 1352 / LR 24, from NOK 515 200,- to 534 100,-

For particularly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of recording whether this target is achieved or not.

Contact information

For further information about the positions, prospective applicants can direct their questions to:

Application process

Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. The applicants will be informed of the committees' assessment. As part of the overall assessment of applicants' qualifications, an interview may be required.

If there are many applicants, an internal committee may be convened to identify the most relevant candidates in the pool. These candidates will then be evaluated by an expert committee. All applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome.

The Faculty reserve the right to not offer employment to applicants who are scientifically qualified, but do not satisfy criteria such as language, scientific skills or personal qualities.


Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of May 5th 2019.

The electronic application must contain:

  • An application in which they clearly state their motivation for applying
  • A description of research that the candidate is interested in doing as part of the Post Doc
  • A complete CV (education, work and teaching experience and a list of scientific publications)
  • Certified copies of diplomas, transcripts and references. Other activities that the applicant wishes to include in an assessment of their qualification should be documented and verifiable
  • A letter describing the candidate’s teaching experience and experience in the supervision of students Up to 5 scientific publications
  • Candidates who will defend their PhD in 2019 should attach a letter describing the status of the PhD project, preferably signed by their PhD supervisor
  • Names and contact details of 1-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application.

Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for applications.

After the application deadline has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, information about particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their details must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make public any information about the applicant.

Ref.nr. 30084394

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