Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics

Trondheim, Norway
20 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position 

The Department of Economics is hiring a Ph.D. candidate in applied economics for a 2.5-year position as postdoctoral fellow at NTNU. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is partnered with Norges Bank, Arizona State University, University of Zurich, and Stockholm School of Economics.

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position aimed to produce top publications in economic journals. You will report to the project manager.

Duties of the position

  • Maintain economic database
  • Perform empirical economic research using econometric methods
  • Write research papers and reports

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian Ph.D. 
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in applied economics
  • You must have experience working with microdata and statistical software such as Stata or R. Extensive knowledge of Python, Julia, Matlab, or SAS is also useful.
  • One or two research papers demonstrating skills in applied economics
  • Good written and oral English language skills

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 Ph.D., post-doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Interest in labor market research, household finance or public economics
  • Develop and estimate structural economic models
  • An understanding of econometric challenges faced by public and labor market researchers

We offer 

  • exciting and challenging tasks and a flexible workplace location
  • good administrative data infrastructure and software
  • workshop with international scholars
  • the opportunity to do part of the postdoc abroad
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment 
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and employee benefits 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 553 500 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 period of employment is 2.5 years.

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. 

The position is subject to external funding.

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

About the application 

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

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.  

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: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.  
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (maximum 2 items) 
  • Name and email address of three referees that are willing to send a recommendation letter

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well. 

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. 

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)

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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. 

According to the 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 project manager Andreas Kostøl (

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR consultant Ragnhild Sunde (

Application deadline: 31 January 2022

Eli S. Rønning


NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Economics

Our subject areas are public finance, economics of education, urban and regional economics, health economics, environmental and resource economics, and financial economics. These areas are especially relevant to decision-makers in all sectors. We work together with other researchers nationally and internationally, and our teaching activities are closely linked to our research. As a department with a socio-economic focus, we have a special obligation to bring research-based knowledge about effective resource use into the public debate. The Department of Economics is one of four departments in the Faculty of Economics and Management.  

Deadline 31st January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim