PhD Research Fellow in Political Science

Closing date: 15 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, Department of Political Science and Management at the Faculty of Social Sciences, invites applications for one full-time PhD Research Fellow in Political Science for a period of three years, alternatively four years with 25% of the time assigned to tasks at the Faculty’s discretion. The ambition of the successful candidate should be to study the politics of digitalisation. Examples of projects include case studies of digital politics and policy, effects of digitalisation of governments and institutions, international and EU governance of digitalisation, etc. The position is located in Kristiansand, Norway.

This position is related to the newly established Research Centre for Digital Transformation (CeDiT). CeDiT conducts advanced social science research on how digitalization transforms societies and institutions. Being an inter-disciplinary research centre, CeDiT aims for research excellence within the field of social science.

The Department of Political Science and Management is an active research environment, with a staff which includes six full Professors, five Associate/Assistant Professors and six PhD Research Fellows. The department conducts research in several areas, reflected in the three research clusters in the department: European integration and transnational governance and governance and leadership in the public sector. The Department is also actively engaged in CeDit, Centre for digital transformation.

Description of the position

We welcome applications which meet the following call:

Being a global shift, the key research challenge is to understand the public governing of digital transformation. Public governance in this context is ultimately about ‘governance of the digital’ – comprising efforts of transnational regulation of the technology itself. The research ambition is to disclose the degree to which, how, and under what conditions digital transformation is the result of political power structures. Research projects are invited to map and examine the multi-centric institutional terrain that governs digital transformation.

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 Programme in the Faculty of Social Sciences, the specialisation in public administration, and must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in political science, public administration, public sector management, governance or equivalent (sub-) disciplines 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 whose scope 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:

  • Supervision
  • 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. The 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:

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

*Original documents of the certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records or authenticated copies of the original documents with a stamp, date, and readable signature from a public office (e.g. university, college, or police) must be presented before the 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: 15 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:

  • Professor Jarle Trondal (PhD coordinator), phone (+47) 38 14 15 61, email [email protected],
  • Head of Department Anne Elizabeth Stie, phone (+47) 38 14 19 13, email [email protected]


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