Stilling ledig: PhD-stipendiat

Publisert: 9. jan. 2018

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) invites applications for a PhD fellowship. The position is a fixed three-year temporary position, fully devoted to doctoral work.

The PhD position will be part of the research project “Legal Regimes and Women’s Economic Agency” (WomEcon), conducted by Senior Research Fellow Francesca R. Jensenius in collaboration with Professor Mala Htun at the University of New Mexico. The project is financed by the FRIPRO program of the Norwegian Research Council.

WomEcon is a comparative study of how family laws, labor codes, and public policies differentially shape women’s economic agency across the world. While laws usually apply to whole countries, we are particularly interested in exploring intra-country variation in the implementation of laws, and how legal change may shape differently placed women in different ways. The project is multi-method in its nature, combining in-depth qualitative case studies with the study of quantitative data both at the national and sub-national levels.

We seek a PhD candidate who is interested in writing a dissertation within the scope of the main research ideas of WomEcon. The project should be developed independently and does not have to adhere to any particular theoretical approach or regional focus. However, we expect the candidate to be inclined to using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The candidate will not be expected to do administrative work for the project or work as a research assistant, but will be expected to intellectually engage with the rest of the research team and to present on the ongoing research in academic and non-academic setting (outreach).

The candidate is expected to have his/her workplace at NUPI. However, as NUPI does not grant PhDs, the successful applicant is responsible for admittance to a PhD program – preferably to the PhD program in political science at the University of Oslo.

In addition to the salary (see below), the project can provide financial support for fieldwork, PhD courses, conferences, and language editing. The candidate will also be eligible for FRIPRO funding for spending up to one year abroad during the PhD program.

Expected start-up is no later than July 2018.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria

  • Two-year MA in political science or a closely related field, with at least one semester fully devoted to writing a thesis
  • Average grades of A or B in the MA degree
  • Knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to scientific and professional integrity
  • Ability to use English as a working language (both written and oral)

The primary selection criterion is the academic track record of the candidate and the scientific quality of the research proposal. A secondary criterion is the fit of the proposal within the overall research project. The most promising candidates will be invited for an interview at NUPI, and the final decision about who to hire will be made on the basis of both the written materials and the performance in the interview.

NUPI offers

  • A large interdisciplinary research community with strong international networks
  • A young and vibrant work environment with frequent invited speakers and events
  • Guidance and support systems in place for doctoral researchers
  • Modern office facilities in central Oslo
  • Library services
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The starting salary is NOK 451.300 per annum, before tax. Particularly highly qualified applicants may be eligible for higher salary. NUPI also has a bonus system for academic publications. PhD candidates are given the title Research Fellow and assigned the qualification level “1017 Stipendiat.”

NUPI is an equal opportunity employer that values staff diversity. Women and persons with minority background are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application submission

Applications should contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter expressing the motivation for applying and main research interests (max 1 page)
  • A preliminary research proposal (max 5 pages) setting out:
    • Main research question(s) and a rationale for proposed research
    • A discussion of key literatures the dissertation will engage with
    • A proposed methodological approach
    • A tentative progress plan
    • CV, including list of publications (if applicable)
    • University transcripts / grades, diplomas and certificates
    • Names and contact details of at least two references (at least one academic)

Questions concerning the position may be directed to Senior Research Fellow Francesca R. Jensenius:

Please submit your application electronically. Click on the button marked “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” on this page to begin the application process.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) is a leading research and information community for international political and economic affairs and for affairs of particular interest to Norwegian foreign policy. NUPI also has a responsibility to inform the general public of international affairs. The institute is a public administrative body subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Research, and numbers some 60 employees. Our offices are located in Oslo city centre.