PhD Candidate in Social Work

Tunga, Norway
12 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2018

About the position

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Social Work as PhD Candidate in social work for a period of 4 years.

This is an educational position that shall provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD. The Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences will be your employer.

Job description

The PhD position is connected to the interdisciplinary field of IMER (International Migrations and Ethnic Relations). The successful applicant will conduct comparative research with emphasis on the consequences of large-scale migrations. The applicant will be affiliated the research group that consists of researchers within the field of social work, sociology, economics, and anthropology.

Specific duties connected to the position are:

  • research
  • publishing in international scientific journals
  • teaching
  • work with project applications
  • participation at international conferences

Qualification requirements

The requirement for the position is a completed master’s degree in social work, sociology and political science or education to equivalent level. The candidate should be familiar with the one or more of the following fields of study: IMER studies (IMER-International migrations and ethnic relations), qualitative and quantitative methods and international comparative analysis. 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. 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. Applicants with a diploma from a foreign university are advised to provide an explanation of the university's grading system. Please note that these documents should be translated in English or in a Scandinavian language.

The application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Grades from the Master’s degree
  • The research proposal (see below)
  • Relevant research experience
  • Skills in research methods
  • Fluent English skills are 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

Personal characteristics

  • independent
  • good cooperative skills
  • flexible
  • organised

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 four years with required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in in Social Sciences

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. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

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 Marko Valenta, phone number: +47-73591542, e-mail:

Questions about the recruitment process can be directed to HR adviser Erik Lunde, phone number: +47-73559139, e-mail:

Applications should include:

  • a publication list
  • relevant 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
  • authorized documentation of certificates and study records.

The application must contain information about education, examinations and previous practice. 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.

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 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. The project description should be written in English.

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.

Reference number for the application: SU-261
Application deadline: 09.12.2018.

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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 Workhall

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 09.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Tunga

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