Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science

Trondheim, Norway
16 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At the Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS) there is a vacant temporary position as Postdoctoral Fellow in peace and conflict research for a period of two years. The position is connected to the Department’s research on peace and conflict, but also falls within the Department’s research on political behavior and values ( 

For several decades researchers at ISS have contributed to national and international research on political instability, intrastate armed conflict, and political regimes. The Department benefits from extensive collaboration with researchers at PRIO. The Departments also hosts internationally renowned research on political behavior (e.g., elections, electoral campaigns, conflicts of values, change of values, referendums and political trust).

Main duties and responsibilities

  • The Postdoctoral position is within ISS’ strategic research area “Conflict, cooperation, and the use of power”, but is also closely linked to the department’s research in the field of political behavior. The objective of the postdoctoral project is to further develop and strengthen the department’s research in these areas. 
  • The successful candidate should conduct research on the potential impact of terrorist events on political attitudes, paying particular attention to the recent terror attacks in France and Norway. The project should integrate insights from research on political violence and terrorism with research on political behavior and political psychology. A key question to investigate is the mediating effect of the terrorist(s)’ ideology. Through the project the candidate may collaborate with researchers at the Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies and scholars in France. 
  • The position may be ascribed obligation to work, with teaching and supervision activities in political behavior, and extended for up to two years.  
  • Applicants will be assessed by the (1) quality and potential of the project proposal, (2) quality and relevance of the academic works and (3) potential to contribute to the research group and the Department.  

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. We require a completed Norwegian PhD in sociology, political science or other relevant fields, or an equivalent foreign PhD approved as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD.

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

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Other requirements: 

  • Skills in statistical analysis will be emphasized
  • Good communications skills in English, both written and oral
  • Some knowledge of Norwegian language and politics is an advantage
  • Some knowledge of French language and politics is an advantage 

Personal characteristics

Importance is attached to personal skills such as independence, well-organized, initiative, cooperative spirit, and 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, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The period of employment is two years, with the possibility of two additional years. Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 200 per annum before tax depending on qualifications and length of service. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. 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. 

General information

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.

Further information concerning this post may be obtained from Associate Professor Karin Dyrstad, email:
For information about the application process please contact section HR, Marie Kristiansen, e-mail:

About the application:

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

  • A project proposal of max. 4 pages, including 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.

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

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. 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.  Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number SU-368 when applying. 

Application deadline: 15.11.2019

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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 15th November 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
omfang Fulltime
Duration Temporary

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