Post-Doc Position in Poverty and Sustainable Development at University of Oslo 2017, Norway

Publish Date: Nov 18, 2016

Deadline: Sep 01, 2017


The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo is inviting applications for the position of Post Doc.

SUM is an international research institution at the University of Oslo with a well-established track record of undertaking critical, independent and high quality interdisciplinary and policy-related research on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development.

SUM’s current research is anchored in the following thematic research areas: Poverty and Development; Energy and Consumption; Culture, Ethics and Sustainability; Global Governance for Sustainable Development and Global Health.

SUM is primarily a research institution, but also offers PhD courses and an International Masters in Development, Environment and Cultural Change. The Centre has the status of Research School specialising in educating scholars interested in interdisciplinary perspectives on development and the environment.

The Post Doc candidate will be placed at SUMs and be attached to the centre’s research area on Global Governance for Sustainable Development and linked to Oslo Academy of Global Governance.

Job Description

This Post Doc is expected to contribute towards a better understanding of the conditions for, and evolution of, states-in-development in the context of broad geopolitical changes occurring since the turn of the Millennium. These have sparked renewed scholarly interest in the role of the state in development and poverty reduction. The neo-liberal ideology of “rolling back the state” has been challenged by a variety of “developmentalist” projects, but we also find a number of processes of state fragmentation and weakening of state capacity for governance. The Post doc should contribute to the understanding of the forms of state power and modes of governance that are emerging.

The project should fall under one (or several) of the following three broad headlines:

  • State formation and statehood. This includes a focus on the historical dynamics of state emergence; state legitimacy: and/or state sovereignty and interactions with, and influence of, external powers.
  • State scope, capacity and resilience. This includes a focus on the politics of poverty, the relations between business and the state, as well as the conditions for so called “state failure”.
  • The state and natural resources. This includes a focus on the importance for state building of the control over natural resources, and/or a better understanding of the role of the state in a green transformation.

The applicant must demonstrate knowledge, a publication record and teaching experience grounded in research on global governance as emphasised above. Applicants are expected to prepare a project proposal.

The main objective of appointment to the position of post-doctoral fellow is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their respective area of study.

We are seeking highly motivated and competent candidates who are willing and able to participate actively in the research community at the Centre (i.e. teaching and dissemination). The successful candidate will be expected to publish articles in recognized international journals.

The appointment applies for a three-year period. 

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and on the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the project within the given time frame. Short-listed applicants may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

• Candidates must hold a PhD degree or equivalent academic qualifications in a relevant field. A prerequisite for applicants who have not yet defended their thesis is that the PhD work is submitted for assessment before the closing date for applications. Appointment to the post-doctoral position is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

• Applicants must be fluent in English. Knowledge of Norwegian, Swedish or Danish is an advantage.

In the assessment of the applications, emphasis will be put on:

•The quality and relevance of the project description

•The applicants’ publications, academic and personal qualifications

•Personal suitability and motivation for the post

•Experience with research collaboration.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

We offer

  • a challanging and friendly working environment
  • salary 512 700 NOK 556 700 per year.
  • favourable pension arrangement
  • attractive welfare arrangements
  • workout during hours, 1,5 h pr week


Applications must include:

• Letter of application (statement of motivation and research interests)

• CV

• Certified copies of diplomas and testimonials

• List of academic publications

• Project description, including progress plan and budget (max. 10 pages)

The applicant’s academic works are not to be submitted with the application. All applications will be reviewed by an assessment committee. The most promising applicants will subsequently be asked to submit selected academic works (maximum 10) that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process, as well as documentation of other relevant qualifications.

The application with attachments must be sent through the University of Oslo's recruitment system Easycruit, preferably in PDF format.

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.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even when an applicant has requested non- disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

For more official information click "Further official information" below and fill in the online application form.

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