PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Global Development and Planning

Closing date: 16 September 2018

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1300 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 University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Global Development and Planning, invites applications for one full-time PhD Research Fellow related to the Research Council of Norway’s project WINDPLAN: challenges and opportunities for public participation in wind power planning - for a period of three years, alternatively four years with 25% of the time assigned to tasks at the Faculty’s discretion. The position is located in Kristiansand, Norway.

The Department of Development and Planning is an active research environment, including five full professors, eight associate/assistant professors, and five PhD research fellows. The department conducts research in several areas, reflected in the three research clusters in the department: Mobility, Culture and Gender, Urban and Regional Development, Future Learning Lab. The Department is also actively engaged in CIEM (Centre for integrated emergency management) and CeDit, Centre for digital transformation.

Description of the position

We welcome applications which meet the following call:

Renewable energy is incorporated in national and international policies as one answer to global climate changes. Wind power development is highly conflictual in Norway as well as the rest of Europe. Issues of legitimacy and social acceptance of wind power is increasingly linked to democratic arenas for public participation in planning, but also to tangible and intangible understandings of place. The research proposal should be related to Norwegian cases and include field work. The purpose of the WINDPLAN project, a three-year project funded by the Research Council of Norway, is to critically explore policy premises, planning rationalities and local community understandings of wind power as well as potentials and limitations for public participation in planning.

Therefore, the Department of Global Development and Planning invites research proposals that focus on the issues indicated above. Applicants are invited to suggest research proposals that explore these topics and beyond.

The PhD project will be attached to the research group: Urban and Regional Planningor at the Department of Global Development and Planning. The project will be directly linked to the Research Council of Norway’s Project WINDPLAN under the program ENERGIX.

Qualifications and terms

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD 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.

The applicants must qualify for admission to the faculty PhD Program in the faculty of Social Sciences and must hold a master’s degree in social sciences or humanities with an average mark of B or better. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s thesis are also welcome to apply for this position.

Applicants must submit a project proposal with a scope that lies within the abovementioned areas of priority. The project proposal should comprise a maximum of ten pages in length, including the reference list. The proposal must contain a preliminary presentation of the problematic approach, theoretical foundation, methodological approach and planned progression for the doctoral project. The quality of the project proposal will receive a high level of consideration during the application assessment process.

The appointee must have the ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner. During the assessment process, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s examination results as well as any previous research and development work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised. Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite. The University, on its side, is committed to securing good supervision for the successful applicants. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews.

We offer:

  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • A position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, NOK 449.400 per year. A 2% compulsory pension contribution will be deducted and paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund according to current statutory provisions.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

The successful applicants will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.


Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”.

The following additional documentation must be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and letters of reference*
  • Copies of scientific publications and list of scientific publications
  • Master’s thesis
  • Project description (10pages)

*Original documents of the certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records or authenticated copies of the original documents with stamp, date, and readable signature from a public office (e.g. university, college, or police) must be presented before appointment.

Please note that the application must be submitted online. The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.

Closing date: 16 September 2018.

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

For further information please contact:

  • Associate Professor and project leader Mikaela Vasstrøm, phone (+47) 38 14 23 85, e-mail [email protected] or
  • Head of Department Hanne Haaland, phone (+47) 38 14 23 62, e-mail [email protected]


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