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University of Oslo Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation Studies: Transition Strategies for Renewable Energy, Norway

Publish Date: Sep 18, 2016

Deadline: Oct 16, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation Studies: Transition strategies for renewable energy

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

The position will be affiliated with the Centre for Renewable Energy Studies (CenSES), one of three national centres in social sciences for environment-friendly energy research (FME). The main objective of CenSES is to strengthen knowledge of economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of introducing new renewable energy and environmental technologies in Norway. TIK’s main contribution and responsibility is analysis of innovation processes in this area, analysing local dimensions of the transition from fossil to renewable energy systems and regimes.

The main empirical focus of the candidate’s work will be on identifying and comparing the role of public policies in supporting the development of low-emission energy technologies and industries in Norway. The candidate will join an existing team working on energy and environmental innovation from both national and global perspectives. Candidates should have a strong interest in and competence for contributing to the development of new theoretical and empirical research on energy transition studies. The candidate will be responsible for developing a research project that will be defined in relation to TIK’s research interest within CenSES.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in innovation studies (or relevant related disciplines within the social sciences). In addition to relevant educational background, successful candidates must have documented knowledge and strong interest in the development of innovation research theoretically, as well as demonstrated experience in relevant areas of empirical research. Candidates should have a strong interest in and competence for contributing to the development of empirical and theoretical research on the role of policies in the building of innovation systems, preferably combining a background in policy studies and innovation studies. It is also desirable that the candidate has some knowledge of Norwegian politics and society, as well as ability to communicate with industry and policy actors. Experience of and interest in cross-disciplinary work will also be given weight, as the research team will consist of scholars with diverse social science backgrounds. A good match between the candidate’s research interests and TIKs research goals and activities within CenSES will be a main selection criterion for the position. Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English. Knowledge of Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) is preferable.

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 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 CenSES 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.

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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