Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology/Political Science

Dragvoll , Norway
08 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Sociology and Political Science has a vacant temporary position as Postdoctoral Fellow in sociology/political science for a period of 2 years. The position is connected to the research of CHAIN, which is a Centre focusing on socioeconomic inequalities in health, at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU. 

The ambition of CHAIN is to conduct explanatory and intervention research, which can help reduce inequalities in health within and between countries in world regions. 

CHAIN also attempts to reduce the distance between research and practice, through collaborations with the UN sector, think-thanks, governments and NGOs.

More information about CHAIN and its partners.

The position as a Postdoctoral Fellow has the primary goal of qualifying for work in professional academic positions.

Job description

  • The postdoctoral position is connected to the research group CHAIN. The candidate will help coordinate CHAIN`s research activities and in particular strengthen CHAIN`s ongoing collaborations with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), The Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunisation (GAVI), International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD Study).
  • Applicants will be assessed by (1) the quality and potential of the project sketch, (2)  the quality and relevance of the academic works and (3) the potential to contribute to CHAIN.
  • The candidate is free to develop his or her research project, but it should align with CHAIN`s main ambition, which is to contribute with evidence that can help reduce the socioeconomic health gap in the world, and particularly in Low- and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Possible topics could be to:

  • examine socioeconomic inequalities in child mortality (using Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) or other relevant sources of data)
  • evaluate of the causal effect between socioeconomic position and mortality/disease in world regions (potentially in collaboration with GBD Study)
  • evaluate the equity impact of cancer screening services on health inequalities   (potentially in collaboration with IARC)
  • and/or to evaluate the effect of interventions on health inequalities (potentially in collaboration with UNICEF).

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in sociology, political science or other relevant field or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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, postdoctor and research assistant.

Other qualifications

  • Research experience involving publication(s) last 2 years or participation in research projects will be ascribed high importance.
  • In particular, we are looking for candidates with ongoing collaborations with GAVI, IARC, UNICEF, and/or the GBD Study, or with experience using DHS data or other cross-national data on socio-economy and health.
  • Good quantitative / statistical skills is a requirement.

Personal characteristics

Importance is attached to personal skills such as

  • Independence
  • Well-organized
  • Initiative
  • Cooperative spirit
  • 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, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The period of employment is two years without required duties. The position may be ascribed obligation to work, and extended with up to two years.The position may be ascribed obligation to work, and extended with up to two years.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. It is a prerequisite that the appointed person takes up residence in order to be present and available for the institution as required.

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

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. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Terje Eikemo, e-mail, or Head of Department Toril Aalberg, e-mail: For information of processing of applications, please contact HR, Anette Urheim, e-mail:

About the application:

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

  • A project sketch of approx. 5 pages, and 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.

Please note that these documents should be translated in English or in a Scandinavian language. Applicants with a diploma from a foreign university are advised to provide an explanation of the university's grading system.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-288 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.12.2018

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Department of Sociology and Political Science

We conduct research, teaching and dissemination in sociology, political science, media, communication and information technology, and sport sciences. The Department offers five-year master’s programmes in teacher education (lektorutdanning) in social sciences as well as in physical education and sports. As a social science department we have a special obligation to contribute to the public debate on important social issues. The Department of Sociology and Political Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 01.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Dragvoll