PhD Research Fellow in Management “Sustainability through digital transformation in a collaborative"

University College of Southeast Norway
December 15, 2022
Offerd Salary:PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 501 200
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The USN Scool of Business have a vacancy for a position as

PhD Research Fellow in Management “Sustainability through digital

transformation in a collaborative"

About the position

The USN School of Business has a vacancy for a 100 % temporary position as PhD Research Fellow in Management "Sustainability through digital transformation in a collaborative and co-creating network” from 01.08.2023.

The position is located at the Department of Business, Strategy and Political Science. The main place of employment is campus Kongsberg and the immediate superior is the Department Head.

The employment period will be three years of full time research and training, with no teaching obligations. It a premise for employment that the PhD Research Fellow is enrolled in USN's PhD-program in Management within three months of accession in the position.

About the PhD-project

Sustainability through digital transformation in a collaborative and co- creating network

The PhD researcher in this project will investigate the role of inter- organizational collaboration and coordination for digital transformation in a value chain perspective and how this digital transformation can contribute to sustainability improvement in an industrial cluster. Therefore, the main research questions in this project are “how can we achieve the digital transformation in a value chain perspective and within a network of organizations?” and “how the collaboration among multiple (potentially competing) companies in an industrial cluster can facilitate the digital transformation process in achieving a more sustainable supply chain?”

The objective is developing methods to guide Agile Industry 4.0 production with a value chain perspective (to achieve zero waste from design to finished product). We would also explore the factors that influence the collaboration for digital transformation and mechanisms to facilities the inter-organization collaboration and coordination for Digital Transformation.


The PhD researcher will work within the Collaborative Innovation, Societal transformation and Operations Management (CISOM) research group and on-going projects within the group. Therefore, together with scientific capabilities, we are looking for a proactive researcher with an affinity for cooperation with academic partners and non-academic stakeholders. The project planning and execution will be pursued in line with the recognized USN standards. Completed research plan includes four publications in leading international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings as the main deliverables.

Considering the nature of project, fluent Scandinavian and English skills are key criteria as the research project is empirically positioned in Norway.

  • Applicants must hold a MSc (120 ECTS) in marketing, business, management, or equivalent (in particular, Operations Management or Industrial Engineering) or a closely related discipline (including Technology and Innovation Management, Strategy, or Organizational Behaviour); with documented command of research methodology with average grade B or higher.
  • Highly qualified candidates with other educational backgrounds may be considered.
  • Candidates with other backgrounds must at a minimum have a master level course in research methods and a master level course in their main field of study.
  • Applicants with MSc degrees from institutions outside Europe must document GMAT results of a minimum of 600 points (or GRE equivalent).
  • Candidates must have an excellent command of written and spoken English and Norwegian (or other Scandinavian languages).
  • The degree must be accomplished before the commencement date
  • Expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research (programming language skills such as Python, and OR solvers)
  • General knowledge about algorithmic methods
  • General knowledge about Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0.
  • Personal qualities

  • Ability to think broadly and creatively in an interdisciplinary, independent and reflexive fashion;
  • Organized and goal-oriented;
  • eamwork skills: networking, taking and sharing responsibility, good sense of group dynamics, good communication and collaboration skills;
  • project management and organisational skills: being proactive and flexible, organising meetings, and keeping track of deadlines;
  • good team player and able to work in a collaborative environment with the other academic colleagues and consortium members in the project.
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant (https: //

    We offer
  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours
  • Salary

    PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 501 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

    A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee's salary.

    Other information
  • The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.
  • The successful candidate is obliged to participate in all common activities relating to the PhD education such as course work, seminars, and other events. These activities take place in campus Drammen and candidates located on other campuses must commute there to participate.
  • An integral part of this 3-year fulltime PhD-study is campus based presence.
  • Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.
  • The research area for the position can include technologies referred to in the Ministry's export control regulations, in that case the candidate must be eligible to obtain a security clearance.
  • The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

    According to USN human resources policy, it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. The University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

    The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and we encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

    Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

    Contact information

    For more information about the position:

    Project manager Prof. Behzad Behdani, +47 31 00 86 37,

    Head of Department Prof. Gillian Warner-Søderholm, + 47 46 41 06 97,

    For questions regarding the recruitment process:

    HR-advisor Kari Ann Sommerset

    How to apply

    The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

    The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor (180 ECTS) and Master Degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Master thesis. Applicants that have not completed their thesis at the application date must submit an abstract of the planned thesis work, a date for when the thesis is expected to be approved, and a signed confirmation from the supervisor that the thesis work is in progress and that it is expected to be submitted on time.
  • Other relevant certificates (if applicable, must be specified)
  • A maximum 5 page project description
  • A 1 page motivation letter
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Contact information to three references
  • If applicable, the following documents shall be submitted no later than one week before interview can take place:

  • Valid documentation of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS): https: // www. taught-in-english/language-requirements-for-master/
  • Valid documentation of GMAT or GRE scores: https: // www. programmes/marketing-management/information-for-applicants/#tests
  • You can read more about how to be qualifies and accepted into the PhD programme in Management at USNs pages.

    Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

    The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

    The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

    About USN

    University of South-Eastern Norway has about 18 000 students and about 1900 employees. The university is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university is to provide socially relevant education, geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.


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