PhD Candidate in Political Behaviour

Trondheim, Norway
25 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD at The Department of Sociology and Political Science.

The PhD-position is a temporary position for a period of three years. The position may be ascribed teaching obligations and extended with up to one year.
The PhD position is an educational position that gives a promising research recruit the possibility for scientific development. The research field for the position is political behaviour, and the position is connected to the research group “Elections, Values and Political Communication (EVPOC)”. The position is not tied to a specific project, but projects on the political integration of immigrants, voter responses to immigration, or the political consequences of changes in the labour market are of particular interest. Strong training in quantitative research methods is necessary and an interest in causal inference will be considered as a strength. The candidate will be supervised by Associate Professor Henning Finseraas.

You will report to the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

  • The PhD-candidate is expected to participate in the research group “Elections, Values and Political Communication (EVPOC)”.
  • The PhD candidate will participate in the PhD program and conduct research in the field of political behaviour. 
  • It is required that the candidate participates in international activities, among others through conference attendance and/or research stays at educational institutions abroad.
  • The position may be ascribed teaching obligations and extended with up to one year. If so, the teaching will be part of the study programs at the department.  

Required selection criteria

PhD candidate:

  • 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 political science or economics, 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 admitted only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree. 
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English. 
  • The quality of the PhD project sketch (1,500 words maximum).
  • Strong training in quantitative research methods and an interested in causal inference will be considered advantageous.

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, post doctor and research assistant.

Personal characteristics

  • Personal qualifications such as independence, well organized, initiative, cooperative spirit, and motivation to contribute to an including work milieu will be ascribed high importance.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, grades, experience, personal suitability, and motivation for the position. 

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Social Sciences, specializing in political science. As a PhD candidate, you need 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.

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. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite that the appointed takes up residence in Trondheim in order to be present and available for the institution as required. 

About the application

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. 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. 

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

  • A project proposal for the PhD project (1,500 words maximum). In the sketch the applicant should give an outline for research questions, theoretical perspectives and a methodological design for the PhD project. 
  • A short letter of motivation
  • CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas
  • Publications and other relevant scientific work (max. 3 publications)
  • 2-3 references

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

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. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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.

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Henning Finseraas, e-mail:
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Sissel Sæther, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-500 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.11.2020

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Deadline 1st November 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll