University of Oslo Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade, Norway

Publish Date: Mar 29, 2016

Deadline: Apr 28, 2016

University of Oslo Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade

A position as doctoral research fellow in the SMART Project is available at the Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law

A position as PhD research fellow is available for three years to undertake research as part of the SMART project. The project is funded by the EU framework programme Horizon 2020, under the call Europe as a Global Actor: Greater Policy Coherence for Development. The project has 25 partner universities around the world, and will run for four years from 1 March 2016. The Faculty of Oslo Department of Private Law hosts the Faculty’s research group Companies, Markets, Society and the Environment as well as several of its research projects, including the SMART Project. The Faculty of Law in Oslo is the leading educational and research institution in law in Norway, with some 90 PhD students.

The SMART Project intends to significantly advance the understanding of how policies and regulations aimed at business, investors, consumers and public procurers (‘market actors’) contribute to or undermine sustainable development goals.  The overarching objective is to do research that will serve to promote global, sustainable development within a circular, low-emission economy compatible with the planetary boundaries and in line with the international development goals.  We define sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present while safeguarding Earth’s life-support system, on which the welfare of current and future generations depends’ (Griggs et al, Nature, 2013).

The SMART project is interdisciplinary and international. In its overarching research work package, Regulatory Dynamics for Sustainability, a multilevel, polycentric mapping and analysis of the regulatory framework for European market actors will be undertaken, including international, comparative and European business and finance regulation. It is within the field of regulation of business and finance that we envisage the PhD project; for example within one of the following topics (also other topics may be selected):

  • A comparative analysis of how different business forms (including corporations, cooperatives, foundations, social entrepreneurs) promote or undermine corporate sustainability
  • An analysis of the barriers and possibilities for long-term sustainable investors in the EU financial market regulation
  • An analysis of the fundaments of an accounting system for environmentally, socially and financially sustainable business

The PhD degree will be handed out by the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. As the SMART project is interdisciplinary, the position is open also for candidates with master degrees in other areas than law. We will consider applications both from candidates wishing to do interdisciplinary research and those wishing to have legal research as their main focus. The successful candidate will be trained in interdisciplinary approaches through SMART Project´s research school. 

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the candidate´s assumed academic and personal ability to complete her or his part of the project within the given time frame. Candidates should have a good knowledge of general EU law and of corporate law, as well as an understanding of the objectives and principles of sustainable development.

The project language is English and candidates should have an excellent command of English, written and spoken. The PhD thesis must be written in English. A good command of a Scandinavian language, alternatively willingness to learn during the fellowship period, is an advantage for working at the Faculty in Oslo, but is not a condition for this position.

For the successful candidate, the PhD project will be shaped through discussions with the project leader and other senior scholars. The project description is nevertheless important in the assessment of the applications, to see which research questions the candidate selects and which methodology is chosen, and the candidate’s understanding of and knowledge within the chosen topic.

Candidates must hold a master degree in law or other relevant area. The master degree must be at a minimum at the level of master degrees from Norwegian universities.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo, personally or through electronic means.

We offer

  • Salary based on salary level 50  to 57 (NOK 430,500 to 483,700 per year)
  • An international, inspiring and friendly working environment
  • Favourable pension arrangement
  • Position in an Inclusive Workplace
  • Attractive welfare arrangement:

The applicants should include

  • A letter of application
  • Project description (5-10 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae with ocumentation of education, former positions, and academic work.
  • Certified copies of certificates, diplomas with all grades, and a complete list of publications. Foreign diplomas (Master, Bachelor, and the like) in other languages than English or a Scandinavian language must be provided in the original language as well as in an English or Scandinavian language translation.
  • An explanation of foreign university grading systems.
  • Up to three scholarly publications. If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship and of the contribution of the candidate should be submitted.

Please remember that the application and the project description must be in English, and all other documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

See the guidelines concerning appointment to research posts at the University of Oslo for more details.

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

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25 information about the candidate may be included in the public applicant list, even though the candidate has requested non-disclosure.

The government workforce should as far as possible reflect the diversity of the population. In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

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