PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology

Dragvoll , Norway
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Anthropology. The PhD position lasts for a 3-year period, without teaching duties. This is an educational position that shall provide a promising research recruit the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a Ph.D. 

The candidate will be attached to the research project “Pioneering industry: Foreign Companies and the Ethiopian workforce”, which is a collaboration between the departments of social anthropology at NTNU and Wollo University in Ethiopia.

The position reports to the head of Department of social anthropology at NTNU.

Job description

The PhD position will be attached to the research groups “Anthropology of organizations and sustainability” and “Global social inequality”. The aim of the PhD project is to carry out an ethnographic study focusing on the recent development of internationalization and industrialization, in the form of the establishment of an industrial park (IP), and its impact on a local peasant community in Northern Ethiopia. The research group on “Anthropology of organizations and sustainability” is concerned with research focusing on how modern business, government and environmental concerns are articulated and perceived in different cultural contexts, while the group on “Global social inequality” is concerned with perspectives on how national and global processes create cultural inequalities for local communities. The purpose of the PhD position is to contribute to the research development of these topics. 

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in gy or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates 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, postdoctor and research assistant

Other qualifications

  • Prior experience with fieldwork and/or internship in an industrial organisation or international workplace will be an advantage
  • Former experience with doing fieldwork in Ethiopia
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and one of the Scandinavian languages

Personal characteristics

  • A high level of personal responsibility, initiative, and ability to work in a project team
  • Curiosity and interest in doing long term research in international work settings
  • Interest in learning foreign languages
  • Social adaptability and communication skills

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 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 three years without required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Social Sciences with specialization in social anthropology. 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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.

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 Harald Aspen, phone number +47-91540654, e-mail
For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Anette Urheim, e-mail:

About the application:

The application must contain information about the applicant’s education, exams and previous employment. The application must also include a five-page research project outline. For more information on the overall research project of which the PhD position is part, please contact the project leader, Associate Professor Harald Aspen ( Applications in English are welcome.

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-265 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.12.2018

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

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 15.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Dragvoll

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