Researcher Within the Project Hidden Companies of the Global Economy

Trondheim, Norway
10 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Modern History and Society has a vacancy for a researcher for a 9-month position within the project "The Hidden Companies of the Global Economy: the Development of Global Commodity Traders, 1945-2015", funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) and NTNU. The researcher will work with Professor Espen Storli (NTNU). The project explores the historical importance of commodity trading companies after 1945. See the project website  for more information about the project.

The project investigates the development of global commodity traders after 1945. Secretive and anonymous, a handful of large companies dominate the trading of the basic commodities that the modern world needs to function. Due to their low profile, these companies have been characterized as the “hidden companies” of the global economy. This project focuses on the history of specialized trading companies to increase our understanding of the historical development of the global flow of resources and of economic globalization.

The researcher will work closely with Professor Espen Storli and contribute towards the full project by developing a subproject analyzing issues relating to the historical development of commodity trading companies. To receive a full description of the Hidden Companies research project, please contact Espen Storli ( Any other inquiries concerning the posts may also be directed to him.

Main Tasks

The successful applicants will contribute toward the broader objectives of the project through research and by co-arranging a workshop. International publication is expected.

Required selection criteria

Applications should preferably hold a PhD in history or closely related fields, but applicants with an MA in history will also be considered. In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on candidates with active research portfolios.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of researcher (code 1108 or 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 460 000,- – 615 000,- before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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 criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily. 

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include:

  • A cover letter including a statement of interest and motivation.
  • A project proposal of not more than three pages outlining the research agenda and how the researcher will contribute towards the Hidden Companies project
  • A full CV and list of publications
  • Electronic copies of relevant publications
  • The names and e-mail addresses of two references.

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

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.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.   

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Espen Storli, email

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. 

Application deadline: September 15th, 2020

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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.

The Department of Modern History and Society is part of the Faculty of Humanities, situated at NTNU’s Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. Further information concerning the academic profile of the department, management and staff is available online.

Deadline 15th September 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service  NTNU Dragvoll