Phd Candidate in Sociology/Political Science

Dragvoll, Norway
20 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A PhD position in sociology/political science is vacant at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU. It is a temporary position for a period of three years (with a possible one-year extension for a research stay abroad), without teaching obligations. The position shall provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a Ph.D. The position is connected to the research group CHAIN, which is a Centre focusing on socioeconomic inequalities in health, at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU.

The PhD position is part of the NFR-funded project: "Trade, Labour Markets and Health".

The primary aim of this project is to generate new knowledge about how trade impacts population health through labour market and social protection pathways. Previous research into the health impacts of trade has been limited by a focus on healthcare services and individual lifestyle factors. At the same time, public health literature has convincingly demonstrated the importance of social protection and labour market conditions for health, but has not considered the role of trade policy in influencing these conditions. The PhD project will contribute to addressing this research gap. We are specifically interested in research projects which explore these issues in the context of a low- or middle-income country (or countries).

Job description

  • The PhD position is connected to the Departments’ CHAIN research group.
  • It is required that the candidate participates in international activities, including through research stays at educational institutions abroad.
  • Applicants will be assessed by (1) the quality and potential of the project sketch and (2) the quality and relevance of their academic work/background.
  • The candidate is free to develop his or her research project, but it should align with the umbrella project’s main objective: to generate new knowledge about how trade impacts population health through labour market and social protection pathways

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 social or political science 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

  • PhD project sketch (approx. 3 pages)
  • 1-2 years relevant experience in research, such as dissemination and participation in research projects will be ascribed high importance.
  • Experience in dissemination in English

Personal characteristics

Personal qualifications that will be ascribed high importance:

  • independence,
  • well organized,
  • initiative, cooperative spirit
  • motivation to contribute to an including work milieu

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, grades from master degree, experience and personal suitability, 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 3 years (with possible one-year extension). Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in social science. More information about the PhD program is available at:

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 Senior Researcher Courtney McNamara, email:

For information regarding the application procedures please contact Senior Executive Officer Sissel Sæther, HR-section, email:

About the application:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their application within the closing date for applications:

  • PhD project sketch of approx. 3 pages. This must be finally approved no later than 6 months after admission to PhD program.
  • CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas.
  • Publications and other relevant scientific work.

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-302 when applying.

Application deadline: 30.04.2019

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

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

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 30.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll

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