PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science 2017, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Dec 07, 2016

Deadline: Jan 31, 2017

About the position

The Department of Political Science hereby announces a vacant position as PhD Research Fellow in conjunction with the Centre for Research Quality and Policy Impact Studies, R-QUEST. This centre has received long-term funding to explore the nature and mechanisms of research quality. The project will pursue three main research questions.

  • What is research quality? How are notions of research quality negotiated, established and practiced, and what are the mechanisms through which these notions affect policy?
  • What are the drivers of high quality research, and what is the role of policy in developing outstanding research?
  • What are the effects of high quality research on the society?

We invite applicants to propose a PhD project related to one or more of these research questions. Applicants must submit a project description of up to 3000 words, outlining a precise research topic, specific problems to be studied, sources of data to be used, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a realistic schedule that details how the project will be completed within the fellowship period. The R-QUEST project description should be consulted for information on e.g. available data sources.

The successful candidate will be part of the Faculty's PhD programme and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in Political Science. The appointment is either for a period of three years with no teaching requirement, or for a period of four years with a 25 % teaching requirement. In the Department of Political Science teaching is organized into five sections: public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international politics, and research methods.


To be appointed to the position, the successful candidate must have a Master's degree (120 ECTS) in Political Science or a closely related discipline. The Master's degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS, and training in quantitative and qualitative research methodology. The successful candidate must document top grades and an MA Thesis of the highest quality. Personal suitability will also be an important factor.

The quality and promise of the project outline, and how this fits with the larger R-QUEST project, will be of great importance for evaluating the candidates. As such, displaying knowledge of one or more of the topics relevant to R-QUEST and having strong methodological skills are important factors. Further, given the expected contributions of the successful applicant to the larger project, the following skills and competencies will be given weight: a) administrative and organizational skills; b) collaborative and communication skills; and c) command of English and a Scandinavian language (command of a Scandinavian language is a plus, but not an absolute requirement).

We offer

  • Salary according to "SKO 1017 stipendiat", pay grade NOK 432 700 – 489 300
  • A pleasant and stimulating working environment
  • An attractive pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Excellent staff welfare schemes

The electronic application must include

  • Application letter
  • Project description
  • CV
  • Copy of Master's dissertation
  • Copies of transcripts: All applicants must submit their Master's degree Diploma and transcript(s), preferably together with a class distribution of grades. The transcript must specify the grade achieved on the Master's thesis
  • Official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university, preferably translated into ECTS-credits
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Please note: All documentation, the Master's dissertation included, must be in English or in a Scandinavian language (or translated into English/Scandinavian by a certified translator)

About the evaluation process

The evaluation committee's report is expected to be ready in the beginning of March. Interviews are expected to be held during March.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.

Pursuant to section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

As a state institution, we aim for a balanced age and gender composition of our staff and to recruit persons from ethnic minorities.

It is only permissible to hold one fixed-term position at the same institution.


Ass. Head of Department Jostein Askim
Telephone: +47 22855169
For questions regarding R-QUEST: Associate Professor Håvard Strand
Telephone: +47 22855198
Questions regarding the electronic application form: HR Consultant Mette Frydendal

For more official information click "Further official information" below.

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