Post Doctoral Fellowship in Migration and Mobility Research

Trondheim, Norway
May 27, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 21, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Social Anthropology is pleased to invite applications for a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in migrations and mobility research. The fellowship is aimed at those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their research experience through developing publications, their networks, and their professional skills.

The Fellow will be attached to the research group Temporalities of Mobility and Migration. The research group conduct ethnographic and anthropological research on mobility and migration in different parts of the world, and at different scales – from the phenomenology of micro-mobility in everyday life to large-scale historical patterns of population movements.

The aim is to explore cross-culturally forms of human mobility with a particular emphasis on life cycles, generational particularities, memory, frequencies and rhythm of movement, imaginations of the future, and other temporal dimensions that situates mobility in particular historical contexts.

We are seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates to undertake research to meet the overall goals of the group. Projects focusing on large scale labour migration and rural-urban migration in South East Asia and China and their impact on urban development are of particular interest to the research group.

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • The successful candidate will be expected to publish peer-reviewed articles and book chapters
  • Expand the research group’s international network
  • Develop grant applications for international collaborative research

Applicants will be assessed by the (1) quality and potential of the project proposal, (2) quality and relevance of the academic works and (3) potential to contribute to the research group and the Department.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in social anthropology or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

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 requirements:

  • Good communications skills in English, both written and oral

Personal characteristics

Importance is attached to personal skills such as independence, well-organized, initiative, cooperative spirit, and motivation to contribute to a good working and social environment.

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is two years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 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 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.

Applicants must submit the following documents with the application within the closing date for applications:

  • A project proposal of max. 5 pages, including a progress plan for the project
  • A comprehensive overview of all academic work
  • Relevant samples of publications (no more than five)
  • CV, certificates and diplomas.

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.

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.

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.

Further information concerning this post may be obtained from Associate Professor Jan Ketil Simonsen (

For information about the application process please contact Renate Lillian Johansen (

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-435 when applying.

Application deadline: 21.06.2020

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Department of Social Anthropology

We explore topics such as global inequality, ways of living, sustainable development, multicultural working life and global systems of production. We have also a socio-anthropological approach to technology, in which we study technological development and the use of technology in the light of the modern global context as well as the cultural consequences of technological change. The Department of Social Anthropology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 21st June 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Dragvoll