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University of Oslo Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation Studies, Norway

Publish Date: Sep 20, 2016

Deadline: Oct 16, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation Studies: Innovative Value Chains for Organic Waste Products

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo (UiO), invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Innovation Studies.

The position is part of a new four-year research project entitled “Sustainable path creation for innovative value chains for organic waste products (SusValueWaste)”. The project is funded by the BIONÆR programme in the Research Council of Norway, and it is a collaboration between NIFU, TIK and other Nordic partners. The purpose of the project is to investigate the potential for value added and improved sustainability in the valorisation of organic waste streams, residual feedstock and by-products by analysing value chains inside and across different sectors of the bioeconomy. The full project description is available here.

The recruited postdoctoral fellow will work in a large multidisciplinary project team. The topics of the candidate’s postdoctoral work must have strong relevance for and be closely related to the SusValueWaste research project. The main empirical focus of the candidate’s work will be to investigate companies’ strategies regarding influencing policies and regulations and expectations from existing instruments affecting bio-based industrial development; as well as to analyze how policies may foster or hamper innovation, industrial development and sustainability in bio-based sectors, with a special attention on activities utilizing organic rest-products. The analysis will address the policy conditions in Norway in an internationally comparative context. Theoretically the work will primarily be anchored in the innovation systems literature and on the literature on sustainable transitions. Other relevant perspectives in the analysis are related to circular production and industrial symbiosis.   

The candidate’s work will be situated within the Centre’s research group for Innovation Studies. Researchers in TIK’s innovation group use historical and contemporary source material, statistical data as well as interdisciplinary methods and analytical resources. The research group has a strong track record in scientific publishing and close ties to many internationally leading innovation research units. TIK is also a member of the Norwegian Research School in Innovation Studies (NORSI) and other networks with many opportunities for early career scientific meetings and networking.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

Candidates must have a PhD in innovation studies (or relevant related disciplines within the social sciences). Only candidates who have submitted their doctoral thesis prior to the application closing date may apply for the position. A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a doctoral degree.

In addition to relevant educational background, successful candidates must have documented knowledge and strong interest in the development of innovation research theoretically (e.g. theoretical modelling and simulation analysis), as well as demonstrated experience in relevant areas of empirical research (quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis). Documented knowledge of the organic waste industry and value chain is meritorious for the position. Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English. Knowledge of Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) is preferable.

In the application letter, the candidates should describe their intellectual background and qualifications, indicating the main theoretical approaches, empirical tools and publishing goals of their work to date, and outline how their background applies to the announced position as part of the SusValueWaste project.

In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the candidates’ research results and academic potential, as well as her/his academic and personal suitability to contribute to the project within the given timeframe. Interviews will be held with a few selected candidates.

We offer

  • Salary of NOK 486 100 - 567 100, depending on level of competence
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Good pension benefits under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
  • Good welfare benefits

The electronic application should include

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Project description and progress plan (no more than 5 pages) for the work to be undertaken during the course of the term of appointment. The proposed project should be closely related to the SusValueWaste project description.
  • A complete list of publications

Academic publications should not be submitted at this time. After the first stage of the review process an expert committee will invite the most appropriate candidates to submit up to three academic publications that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions

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

According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published although the applicant has requested not to be included in the public list of applicants.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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