Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field Politics of Energy Transitions

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Trondheim, Norway
28 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2021
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 the politics of energy transition for a period of two years. The position may be ascribed teaching obligations and extended with up to two years. The research area for the position is energy transitions, and the position is connected to the research group “Energy, environment and sustainable development” ( The position is tied to a project on green political alliances and energy transitions in comparative capitalisms. The central assumption of the project is that strong and robust green alliances are crucial to speeding up the pace of energy transitions. This is an area where the energy transitions literature has major knowledge gaps, in particular with respect to the role that alliances play in creating the necessary political conditions for transitions.

There is major need for work on how energy alliances, green alliances especially, hinder or promote energy transitions. Research on the role of green alliances in energy transitions is crucial to explore both the nature of energy alliance formation and the conditions under which green alliances stabilize or transform established energy regimes. The main project objective is to fill the research gap by exploring (i) how green energy alliances are formed and maintained within different institutional and national contexts, and (ii) how robust green alliances impact green energy transitions. The position potentially spans several subfields within political science; political economy, comparative politics, and political behavior.

You will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • The postdoctoral position is within ISS’ strategic research area “Energy, environment and sustainability” and the research field the politics of energy transition. The objective of the postdoctoral project is to further develop and strengthen the research in conduct research on energy transitions and green alliances. 
  • The postdoctoral fellow is expected to participate in the research group “Energy, environment and sustainable development”.
  • 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 obligation to work, with teaching and supervision activities, 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.

Required selection criteria

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 political science or sociology, or an equivalent foreign PhD approved as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD. Candidates who are in the final stages of their PhD- project might be assessed. 

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 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.

Other requirements: 

  • skills in quantitative and qualitative methods 
  • good communications skills in English, both written and oral

Personal characteristics

Importance is attached to personal skills such as being independent, well-organized, having initiative, a cooperative spirit, and motivation to contribute to a good working and social environment.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is two years with the possibility of two additional years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 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.

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 you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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.  

The application must include:

  • A project proposal of max. 5 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.
  • Name and address of three referees

For candidates who are in the final stage of their PhD- project, a letter which confirms that their PhD has been submitted must be attached.

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.

Further information concerning this post may be obtained from Professor Espen Moe, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Renate Lillian Johansen, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with the documentation mentioned aboove, included 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-517 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.03.2021

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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.

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 31st January 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project|
Place of service Dragvoll

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