The Department of International Business has a vacancy for a position as
PhD Candidate – Combining skills to identify the "Sweet Spot" to solve
marine plastic pollution
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NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a
focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities
with headquarters in Trondheim.
At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 42,000 students work to create knowledge for a
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Research collaboration in sustainability
In 2015, the 2030 agenda with the 17 sustainability goals was adopted by all
UN member states. The sustainability goals see the environment, economy and
social development in context. The time horizon for necessary changes is
short, and it is challenging to combine different considerations without
conflicts of objectives and unintended consequences of measures.
NTNU is now announcing 43 individual PhD positions that will contribute to a
greater understanding of system effects, societal changes and conflicts of
interest related to the sustainability challenges. These positions are divided
into 9 interdisciplinary projects with mainly 4-7 PhD positions in each
In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD
students in the project Y (lenke til “mor-prosjektet”).
About the position
The position is part of the project; Combining skills to identify the "Sweet
Spot" to solve marine plastic pollution in Norway and is one of five PhD
positions connected to this project. This project is a newly established,
interdisciplinary initiative led by NTNU Ålesund. The objective of the project
is to bring forward outstanding research to build on current activities at
different departments at NTNU to investigate transformative solutions to the
marine plastic problem through circular economy. The terminology “sweet spots”
reflects the idea of using mutually complementing knowledge systems to build a
comprehensive picture of marine plastic pollution in Norway and use this as a
springboard for co-developing interventions that are eco-effective.
The PhD-position is one of five work packages. The project goal is to explore
how marine plastic waste and discarded fishing gear can result in new
opportunities and value creation. This PhD will explore how digitalization and
new technology (e.g., blockchain) is applicable to solve challenges in the
plastic value chain, and which opportunities lie in interventions based on
extended producer responsibility (EPR). We are seeking candidates with a
background in international business and marketing, sustainability management,
logistics/supply chain management, or similar areas.
You will report to the Head of Department
Duties of the position
The PhD fellowship holder is expected to work on the project ‘Combining
skills to identify the "Sweet Spot" to solve marine plastic pollution in
He/she is expected to complete the necessary doctoral coursework.
Take part in SME engagement workshops, conduct semi-structured interviews
with key stakeholders, and conduct survey of relevant key informants.
Conduct research, publish, and write publishable papers that constitute
the requirement for the PhD position.
Required selection criteria
The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research
The qualification requirement is completion of a master's degree or second
degree (equivalent to 120 credits) in sustainability, circular economy,
international business and/or supply chain management with a grade of B or
better in terms of NTNU's grading scale. Faculty of Economics and
Management's doctoral program Ph.d.-utdanning - Fakultet for økonomi -
Excellent written and oral English language
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the
degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in
artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and
In addition, the following qualifications will contribute positively to the
evaluation of the applicant:
Previous experience in working on marine pollution sustainability project
Ability to use software programming and modeling packages
Norwegian or other Scandinavian language skills
You must be independent, have great work capacity and have enthusiasm for
The ability to contribute to a good PhD environment and work environment
in general is emphasized.
The ability to carry out projects will be given special weight.
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the
qualification requirements specified in the advertisement
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
environment with close links to industry.
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Attractive Norwegian social welfare scheme including family benefits, home
loans, Insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Information about Working and living in Norway can be found at the following
link: https:// www. nyinorge.no/en/Ny-i-Norge-velg-sprak/New-in-Norway/
Salary and conditions
As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200
per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the
salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service
The period of employment is 3 years with the possibility of an additional year
of working duties.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme at the Faculty of Economics and Management (Faculty of Economics
and Management - NTNU) within three months of employment, and that you
participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
Primary residency in Ålesund is a prerequisite. The person appointed must live
in a location enabling him/her to be present at, and accessible to the
institution on a daily basis.
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English.
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows
clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out
above. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The application must include:
Application letter concerning your motivation for completing a Phd in this
particular project, outlining previous relevant experience
CV, certificates and diplomas
transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have
not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the
master's thesis has been submitted.
A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your
master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a
completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
Project proposal (maximum 2-3 pages excl. references)
Name and address of three references
Publications or another relevant research work
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to
attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both
bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Ålesund , with its population of 50 000, will provide you
with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for
its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself,
with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most
beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare,
schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind
in the world.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name,
age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested
not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate
Professor Richard Glavee-Geo, telephone 70161288, email email@example.com or
Assoicate Professor Siv Marina F. Grimstad, telephone 70161263, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please
contact Oddny Lyngvær at, e-mail: email@example.com.
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
Application deadline: 07.01.2022
NTNU - knowledge for a better world
NTNU - knowledge for a better world
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge
for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.
Department of International Business
We are part of the Ålesund Campus. The Department's core expertise, in which
marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship play a key role, is closely linked
to the region's needs. We also conduct research and teaching in economics,
business administration, marketing, commercial and management subjects.
Together with local business and industry, we have created a research
laboratory to enable research and development in service innovation,
entrepreneurship, finance and technology. The Department of International
Business is one of four departments in the Faculty of Economics and
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