Postdoc/Experienced Researcher Within the Field of Team Entrepreneurship

Trondheim, Norway
07 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the call

The NTNU Challenge invites experienced researchers across eight disciplines of any nationality and age to work in tandem with a supervisor in order to submit successful applications to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

If chosen, you will be invited to participate together with a supervisor on a three-day symposium on MSCA-IF at NTNU Trondheim from 22 to 24 of May. Together, you will write and prepare an application towards the MSCA-IF Call with deadline 11 September 2019. Travel costs related to the events 22-24 May will be covered by NTNU.

About Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF)

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aim to support the career development and training of researchers in all scientific disciplines through international and inter-sectoral mobility. By funding excellent research and providing attractive working conditions, the MSCA offer high quality professional opportunities open to researchers of any age, nationality or discipline.

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Associated Countries) and beyond.

Project proposal

Ekaterina S. Bjørnåli is an Associate Professor at NTNU Business School. She has done research on the top management teams and boards of directors in high-tech start-ups (academic spin-offs) since 2005. In 2011 she and her co-authors received an award Best paper proceedings at the prestigious Academy of Management conference. This means that Dr. Bjørnåli (with her international team) is at the forefront of the research on entrepreneurial teams.  Her conference paper on the board of directors (together with a PhD fellow from Denmark) has been nominated for the 2017 Carolyn B. Dexter Award. This prestigious award is given to the paper that best meets the objective of internationalizing the Academy of Management. Bjørnåli has published in several high-quality international scientific journals and books. In her literature review in The Wiley Handbook of Entrepreneurship (2017) the promising research avenues for studying new venture team processes are mapped. Another literature review contains suggestions for future research on boards of directors in high-tech start-ups (in Handbook of Corporate Governance and Entrepreneurship, 2017).

A Post Doc candidate could preferably, but not necessarily, contribute by advancing research in the above-mentioned areas. Alternative research projects are possible, which could be linked, but not limited to, on-going projects on e.g. ‘the career paths of female top managers’ and ‘entrepreneurial clean-tech firms’ 

For the complete project proposal as well as additional information regarding the NTNU Challenge, see (this complete project proposal is still in process, it will be published on the link asap). 

Qualification requirements

  • The researcher must, at the date of the MSCA-IF call deadline, possess a PhD Degree and/or an equivalent of minimum four years’ full-time research experience. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience).
  • The researcher may be of any nationality. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must, at the date of the MSCA-IF call deadline not have conducted his/her main activity in the country of the beneficiary (Norway) for more than 12* of the 36 months. *Short stays are characterized by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside or did not have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays).
  • Evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, selection will be conducted by the supervisor. Emphasis will be placed upon the academic accordance with the supervisor and the project proposal.

We offer

  • A designated supervisor with whom to prepare an application for the MSCA-IF call with
  • A two-day symposium with showcasing of expertise and best practices on how to apply to MSCA-IF
  • A follow-up day with the supervisor and possible individual guidance by experts on MSCA-IF
  • Administrative support up to the call deadline


Appointment as post doc up to a maximum of 24 months at NTNU rests on the prerequisite of an approved application to the MSCA-IF call with deadline 11 September 2019. Feedback on said applications is expected early 2020.

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 call may be directed to: or supervisor Ekaterina S. Bjørnåli, email:

About the application:

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, cover letter, diplomas and certificates that highlight the alignment of your application. In addition, the applicant must describe a research project that will strengthen and complement the presented research (max 2 pages). 

Application deadline: 25.03.2019

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Deadline 25.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Trondheim