PhD at the Department of Sociology and Political Science

Dragvoll , Norway
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
End of advertisement period
Friday, 31 August 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Sociology and Political Science as a PhD Candidate in Peace Research. It is a temporary position for a period of three years, but can be prolonged to four years with 25% teaching obligations. The position shall provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD. The position is connected to a PhD programme at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Information about the Department

The candidate will join the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU, which hosts a wide range of research areas such as sociology, political science, sports science, media, communications and information technology. The department currently has around 80 employees including 27 professors and 12 associate professors in permanent positions. For more information, see

The department offers exciting opportunities for collaboration and research training in the field of peace research. The successful candidate will join the multidisciplinary ‘Violence, Instability and Peace’ research group, which meets fortnightly and brings together members of the department of Economics, Geography, Sociology and Political Science for constructive discussions of ongoing research projects in the field. The department also offers methodological training at the postgraduate level, close links to the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Research School on Peace and Conflict. The successful candidate is also free to join other relevant research groups at the Department, such as ‘Elections, Values, and Political Communication’ and others. An annual research allowance will facilitate the successful candidate’s professional development. PhD candidates are encouraged to spend a semester or more abroad. The successful candidate will also join 4 other PhDs working in the field of peace research.

The successful candidate will get access to unique, comparable survey data collected in Guatemala, Nepal, and Northern Ireland in 2016 (N=3,200) through the research project Attitudes for Peace: Post-Conflict Public Opinion (2015-18). More details about the data are available upon request.


The PhD candidate will be expected to conduct research in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies, with a specific focus on the dynamics of intra-state conflict and peace processes. All proposals within this field will be considered, but candidates with proposals that relate to the micro dynamics of peacebuilding and/or conflict recurrence, or that draw on the public opinion tradition, will be looked upon favourably.


The requirement for the position is a completed master’s degree in Political Science, Sociology or a similar field or education to equivalent level. Applicants must have a strong academic record from their previous studies, and must have a weighted average grade for the last two years of their master's or equivalent education (equivalent to 120 credits) of B or higher in terms of NTNU's grading scale.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate confidence in basic regression techniques through a master’s thesis or other relevant publications and/or qualifications. Fluent English skills are required. The application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Grades from the Master’s degree
  • The research proposal (see below)
  • Relevant research experience
  • Documented skills in quantitative research methods
  • Relevant language skills

Payment- and working conditions

The PhD position is paid according to the national salary scheme, gross NOK 449 400 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Please find more information about the appointment of Ph.D. Candidates in NTNUs supplementary purviews of 23.01.12,

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, disabilities or cultural background. NTNU is an inclusive workplace.


Applications should include:

  • a publication list
  • relevant sample publications (max. 5) preferably including a copy of a postgraduate research thesis
  • a research proposal of max. 5 pages
  • CV with information on education, and previous research experience
  • authorised documentation of certificates and study records.

The application must contain information about education, examinations and previous practice. Confirmed copies of certificates and references must be attached.

The project description should form the foundation for evaluation of admission to PhD – training at the faculty. The project description should be no more than 5 pages and outline the titles, main research question(s), relevant literature and proposed methods including preliminary data sources for 3-4 articles that will constitute a thesis. The description should also include a brief introduction that outlines the project and its contribution to the field. If the proposed thesis is a monograph, then the description should include all of the above information and brief descriptions of the chapter content. The final project description shall be accepted at the latest six months after admission for the admission to be valid.

Employment in a PhD position requires that the candidate apply for admission on a suitable PhD-program in within 3 months after start of the employment. More information about the PhD programs is available at:

We offer

  • Academic challenges and opportunities for collaboration
  • The opportunity to join a department with a strong background and research capacity in quantitative peace research.
  • Opportunities for specialised research training
  • Close links to the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Research School at PRIO
  • An attractive salary and research allowance (annum)
  • An open and including work environment
  • Attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

A good work environment is characterised by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, disabilities or cultural background. NTNU is an inclusive workplace.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Associate Professor Karin Dyrstad, by e-mail 

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Sissel Sæther, e-mail:

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through:

Please mark the application SU-215.

Application Deadline: 31.08.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 155558
  • Internal ID 2018/16853
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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