PhD position

University of Bergen


August 12, 2022


PhD position UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

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PhD position

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in the Department of Geography. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years, of which 25% will be dedicated to teaching, supervision and administrative tasks in the Department.

The position is linked to the Department of Geography´s focus area on environmental sustainability and societal change. Research issues within the broad theme of human-environment interactions, global environmental change ecology and consequences for nature protection and food production are welcome. Candidates with theoretical interests in environmental geography fields such as political ecology, sustainable land-use, socio-ecological systems and environmental governance, are very welcome to apply.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Master's degree in geography or a related field of study. Candidates who submit their master's thesis in Spring 2022 are welcome to apply. It is a condition for employment that the master has been awarded.
  • Norwegian B grade-equivalent or better on the master's thesis and for the master's degree in total.
  • Teaching experience is an asset
  • Proficiency in written and oral English
  • As an applicant, you should be able to work independently, have a considerable work capacity as well as have an enthusiasm for research.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Department for an interview.

    The teaching language is usually Norwegian, but some of the teachings are given in English.

    About the PhD position:

    About the PhD position: The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period for the successful candidate may be reduced if he or she previously has been employed in a PhD position.

    About the PhD training: As a PhD research fellow, you will take part in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen. The programme corresponds to a period of three years and leads to a PhD degree. To be eligible for admission you must normally have an educational background corresponding to a master's degree with a scope of 120 ECTS credits, which builds on a bachelor's degree with a scope of 180 ECTS credits (normally 2 + 3 years), or an integrated master's degree with a scope of 300 ECTS credits (5 years). Master's degrees must normally include independent work of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits. It is expected that the topic of the master's degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.

    Project proposal: A research proposal of 5-8 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should present the topic, the research problem(s) and the choice of theory and methods. The proposal should also include a progress plan for the different parts of the project. Admittance to the PhD programme will be based on the research proposal.

    We can offer:
  • Salary at pay grade 54 upon appointment (Code 1017) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 491 200 per year). Further promotions are made according to the length of service in the position
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Your application must include:
  • A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two references. One of them must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • Project proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • Relevant certificates and references
  • A list of academic publications
  • Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master's thesis or equivalent)
  • If you have a master's degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries, or a 2-year discipline-based master's degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed
  • The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.

    Closing date: August 12, 2022. The application has to be marked: 22/6180

    Applications submitted without a project description or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only documents submitted via Jobbnorge will be subjected to an expert assessment.

    General information:

    Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting Head of Department Peter Andersen at

    Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Adviser – HR, Bodil Hægland at

    Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Questions about the programme may be directed to Adviser-PhD: Hanne Widnes Gravermoen at

    The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

    Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

    Life as a PhD candidate at UiB

    Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.

    About UiB

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

    There are seven departments at Faculty of Social Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments.


    12th August 2022


    University of Bergen




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