PhD Research Fellow related to democracy and citizenship

Agder University College
February 20, 2023
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PhD Research Fellow related to democracy and citizenship About the position

The University of Agder, Faculty of Social Science, invites applicants for a full-time position as PhD Research Fellow within the area of democracy and citizenship for a period of three years, or four years with 25% of required work duties. The faculty is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is to be negotiated with the faculty.

Democracy and citizenship are the overarching research theme of the position, and we advise applicants to elaborate their project proposals around this core topic. The following disciplines/fields of research are represented at the Faculty of Social Sciences: Regional planning, social studies/social studies didactics (teacher education), information systems, social work/child protection, political science, sociology, geography, and development studies. The proposal should be based in one of these fields or disciplines, and we expect applicants to suggest which research group(s) their project proposal could fit.

Please find more information about the faculty and the four departments and their research centers and groups here. More information about which specific research topics and which types of projects the departments would prioritize is available at the same link.


The candidate will be employed in the relevant faculty department and research group(s) and enrolled in the department's specialisation of the faculty PhD programme. If the PhD Research Fellow is employed for a period of four years, he/she will also be expected to engage in relevant teaching, supervision, and/or other work duties at the faculty/department.

Required qualifications

Further information about 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.

Admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Science is a prerequisite for employment. Please find more information here.

The candidate must hold a completed master's degree within social sciences or a similar area, with an average grade level of B or better (including the master's thesis).

Applicants who are in the final stages of their master's degree may also apply.

Good written and verbal communication skills in English. Evidence of abilityto publish academically in Norwegian or English is a plus.

Desired qualifications

In the assessment of the applicants the quality of the proposal will be given high priority, as will originality, critical thinking, good writing skills and the ability to work independently.

Knowledge of the Norwegian, or a Scandinavian language is an advantage.

Personal qualities
  • Thirst for knowledge
  • Ability to work structured and target
  • Ability to take constructive criticism to improve research standards and practices
  • Willingness to contribute to a larger research environment
  • Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

    We offer
  • professional development in a large, exciting, and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive, and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • More about working at UiA.

    The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 501 200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

    General information

    UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability, or an incomplete CV.

    The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder's Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

    Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview. With the applicant's permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before the appointment. Read more about the employment process.

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

    In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


    The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

    The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • Master's thesis
  • References
  • Academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these
  • Project description with a maximum scope of 10 pages, including reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives, material, a progress plan, and methods within the given framework

    The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

    Application deadline: 20. February 2023


    For questions about the position:

  • Department of global Development and Planning: Head of department Hanne Haaland, tel. (0047) 38 14 23 62, mobile (0047) 977 18 817, [email protected] or professor Oddgeir Tveiten, tel. (0047) 38 14 11 22, mobile (0047)918 22 018, [email protected]
  • Department of sociology and Social Work: Head of department Ann Christin Nilsen, tel. (0047) 38 14 15 32, mobile (0047) 932 43 562, [email protected] or professor Morten Blekesaune, tel. (0047) 38 14 22 50, mobile (0047)902 63 357, [email protected]
  • Department of political Science and Management: Head of department Stefan Gänzle, tel. (0047) 38 14 15 11, mobile (0047) 906 750 579, [email protected] or professor Jarle Trondal, tel. (0047) 38 14 15 61, [email protected]
  • Department of Information Systems: Head of department Carl Erik Moe, tel. (0047) 38 14 17 96, [email protected] or professor Polyxeni Vasilakopoulou, tel. (0047) 38 14 24 18, mobile (0047) 416 67 639, poly[email protected]
  • For questions about the application process:

  • Senior adviser, HR, Anna Færavaag, tel. (0047) 38 14 24 14, mobile (0047) 974 29 492, [email protected]
  • University of Agder

    The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 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.


    20th February 2023


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