Postdoctoral Fellowships in Causal Modeling 2017, University of Bergen, Norway

Publish Date: Jan 29, 2017

Deadline: Feb 28, 2017

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Causal Modeling

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen is inviting applications for a 3-year post doctor position. The preferred starting date is 1 September 2017, but a later date might be possible. 

About the position

The position is partly funded by Bergen Forskningsstiftelse (Bergen Research Foundation) and partly by the University of Bergen, and connected to the project “Boolean Causal Modeling with Coincidence Analysis”.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the project by doing research on relevant themes, publish the results in peer reviewed journals, assisting the leader of the project in organizing workshops and conferences connected to the project, and to visit partner institutions abroad. 

The successful applicant will be expected to relocate to the University of Bergen and follow the regulations that apply to the position. 

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree in a scientific discipline relevant for the application of Boolean methods, e.g. social/political science, biology, medicine or psychology. The doctoral thesis must have been submitted for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

  • The PhD research should have a focus on questions related to causal data analysis (broadly construed).

  • Applicants must have a solid track record of peer-review publishing in their home discipline and a pronounced interest in interdisciplinary work.

  • The core responsibility of the successful applicant will consist in exploring the applicability of Coincidence Analysis to real-life data from her/his discipline and in contributing to fine-tuning the method to the demands of its users.

  • The successful applicant will be encouraged to integrate her/his ongoing research into the context of this project and to seek collaborations in her/his discipline at the University of Bergen.

  • Applicants must master written and oral English on a high level. Good skills in the Norwegian language will be an advantage.

The postdoctoral fellowship

The postdoctoral fellowship is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the candidate for work in top academic positions.

Candidates may only be hired for one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bergen.  

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work. The project proposal must be prepared in cooperation with the project manager/supervisor and must also include a schedule. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment. 

We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.

  • Salary in accordance with level 57 (code 1352/LR24) on the Norwegian government salary scale, currently NOK 486.100 – 489.300 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A compulsory 2 % contribution will be deducted from the gross salary.

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA) enterprise.

  • Good welfare benefits.

Additional information

For further information about the position please contact Head of Department Reidar K. Lie on telephone +47 55 58 94 37 or email For more thorough information on the project please contact Project leader Michael Baumgartner on email 

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position. 

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply. 

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 applicants. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met. 

How to apply for the job

Please apply electronically via the link «APPLY FOR THIS JOB» by filling in the CV form. The following must be attached to the application: 

  1. Letter of application, including a brief statement regarding the motivation for applying for the position.

  2. A short summary of the PhD thesis, maximum 5 pages

  3. Copies of higher education certificates and diplomas relevant for the application (scanned versions of originals or confirmed copies)

  4. List of scientific publications

  5. A selection of scientific papers, maximum 3

  6. Name and contact information for three referees 

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. 

The best qualified applicants will be invited to an interview before appointment will be made. 

Any queries or problems concerning the electronical application procedure should be directed to The Faculty of Humanities by e mail: 

Application deadline: 28 February 2017

For more information please click "Further Official Information".

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