PhD candidate in Social and Welfare Policy

Trondheim, Norway
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Work.

The PhD candidate will conduct research in the interdisciplinary field of Social and Welfare Policy.

This is an internationally expanding field of research and education.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

The successful applicant will conduct quantitative research with emphasis on the latest trends regarding social and economic inequalities in Scandinavian welfare states. The candidate will be working within a project on the impact of welfare policy and taxation changes that took place in Scandinavian welfare states in the last decades (project title “Growth, Inequality and Mobility: evidence from Norway”). In particular, the project utilizes Norwegian register data to evaluate the impact of social transfers and redistribution on poverty and inequality measures. The candidate will become an active member of the research group on Migration and Welfare studies. The research group consists of internationally merited researchers within economics, sociology and social work.

Other duties are:

  • undertake analysis and empirical research in close collaboration with the supervisor, colleagues from the research group and external collaborators.
  • develop new approaches and skills and utilise these in the research.
  • prepare papers for publication in academic and public policy journals and working papers.
  • present research outputs at conferences, workshops and symposia.
  • contribute to wider group, departmental activities including seminars and group meetings.
  • teaching or other duties to the department (25%)

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in economics, sociology, political science, social policy, social work or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Other required selection criteria:

  • experience in quantitative analysis and statistical/econometric methods.
  • very good competence with statistical, econometric, modelling, and/or database software (Stata, R).
  • very good competence in computer and internet skills, and ability to understand and manipulate data.

Preferred selection criteria

  • familiarity with and experience analyzing individual-level datasets relevant to the topics of social and economic inequality.
  • demonstrable interest in and research experience around public policy responses to social and economic inequality.
  • good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

We are looking for candidates with enthusiasm for research. The successful candidate must be able to work both independently and in teams, is reliable, effective and has a high work capacity.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years (including teaching duties).

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in programme in Social Sciences ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or Norwegian.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • research plan or project proposal, 3-5 pages
  • academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works, included Master thesis)
  • name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Roberto Iacono, telephone 0047-90946148, email
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Renate Johansen, email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-434 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.08.2020

TNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Social Work

We are one of Norway’s largest academic communities in social work, and our study programmes have many applicants. The Department works with issues related to welfare, inclusion, integration, living conditions, child welfare, social services, disability, diversity and marginalization – and we are committed to improving the situation of those who become isolated from society. The Department of Social Work is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 15th August 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Tunga