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PhD Research Fellowship in Innovation studies

Deadline: 15.09.2019

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS - Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact.

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Applications are invited for a 3-year Research Fellowship as a PhD Candidate (SKO 1017) in innovation studies. The position will be based at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (UiO).

The PhD project is part of the research centre INTRANSIT – “Centre for the Study of Innovation Policy for Industrial Transformation, Sustainability and Digitalization”. INTRANSIT is an interdisciplinary research centre hosted by the University of Oslo, with Sintef Digital, and Utrecht University as research partners. Information about INTRANSIT including its main research aims is available at their web site.

More about the position

The announced PhD position is connected to a study of transition pressures and pathways in Norwegian industries (connected to research stream 1 and 2 in INTRANSIT).

The PhD project will focus on mapping and analysing transformation pressures and pathways in one or several Norwegian industries. The goal is to develop new knowledge on the preconditions, drivers and barriers for transformation towards a smarter and more sustainable Norwegian economy. The PhD candidate is expected to actively contribute to the INTRANSIT research group, and can also draw on resources and plan research visits in INTRANSIT’s partner institutions.

In addition to his/her own research, candidates for three-year positions may be required to participate in teaching and/or administrative activities connected to TIK and/or INTRANSIT. It is also expected that candidates contribute actively to the dissemination of project findings and interactions with non-academic stakeholders. These activities will be compensated with an extension of the fellowship. For this position, extra work may extend the PhD period with a maximum of twelve months.

The candidate will be part of TIK’s PhD programme track and the wider programme at the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Oslo, but can take relevant approved PhD courses anywhere. The candidate is expected to complete the PhD project within the set fellowship period. Research training and the successful completion of a PhD degree are the main goals of a fellowship. For general information on the PhD program, please see the Faculty of Social Sciences’ web site.


Applicants must hold a two years Master’s degree or equivalent and meet the formal requirements to be enrolled in the PhD programme.

In addition, the Ph.D. candidate must have:

  • A background in the field of innovation studies, sustainability transition studies, management, economics, or other relevant social science discipline
  • Demonstrated research capabilities and experience is an advantage
  • Knowledge of and experience with large datasets, database development and mixed-methods is an advantage
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is necessary
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is an advantage but is not a requirement
  • An interest in the field of sustainability transitions and industrial dynamics is an advantage.

We offer

  • Salary between NOK 479 600 – 523 200 per annum
  • An academically stimulating work environment at TIK and INTRANSIT
  • Opportunity to be part of an international and interdisciplinary research group
  • Opportunity to participate at international conferences and workshops
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (including statement of motivation, research interests, and a draft of proposed research to be undertaken during the fellowship period, max. 3 pages)
  • CV (summarising education, positions and academic work, including scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • List of publications and academic work (if applicable)
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Evaluation of the applicants

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the candidate’s potential to perform high quality academic research, the match between the candidate’s research interest (as indicated in the cover letter) and the wider research approach in INTRANSIT, as well as the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Candidates that have not familiarized themselves with the INTRANSIT research program and the research streams that this position will be part of, will not be considered as a relevant applicant.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview. Relevant applicants might be asked to write a project proposal elaborating on a specific research task to be undertaken during the fellowship period.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

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