Utlysning: Doktorgradsstipendiat innen transnasjonale nettverk og politisk risiko

Publisert: 25. apr. 2018

NUPI søker en doktorgradsstipendiat til en treårig stilling, hvor alle tre årene skal brukes til arbeid med avhandlingen.

The PhD position will be part of the research project “The Market for Anarchy”, financed by the FRIPRO program of the Research Council of Norway. The project looks at the role of transnational professional networks in shaping how states understand and act on different types of risks such as pandemics, climate change, cyber security, money laundering and conflict management. Key themes in the project are:

  • The formation and evolution of transnational professional and expert networks
  • The processes by which such networks engage with states in delivering risk assessments
  • The role of firms and other non-state actors in these networks
  • The degree to which such networks shape state perception of risks
  • Variation between regime types and receptivity to risk assessments delivered by transnational network

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

The candidate 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. The project includes researchers Leonard Seabrooke, Ole Jacob Sending, Eleni Tsingou, and Elana Wilson Rowe.

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 in September, 2018.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria

  • Two-year MA in political science, sociology, 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
  • Demonstrable 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 based on 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 (candidates that receive their grades/diplomas after the deadline may send these when they are available)
    • Names and contact details of at least two references (at least one academic)

Questions concerning the position may be directed to Research Director Ole Jacob Sending: ojs@nupi.no

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

Deadline: May 20, 2018

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs holds a leading position in research and information on international political and economic matters and on issues central to Norwegian foreign policy. The institute is organized under the Ministry of Education and Research. The staff counts approximately 70, divided between academic staff and administration and communications staff.