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Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science/International Relations: LEGACIES Project

Trondheim, Norway
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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About the project

At the Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS), NTNU Trondheim there is a vacant temporary position as Postdoctoral Fellow with the European Research Council funded LEGACIES project for a period of two years. The LEGACIES project aims to understand how historical states affect conflict and democratization in the modern world, including understanding the dynamics of historical states and international systems (especially non-western states and systems), and analyzing their impact on civil war, nonviolent protest, democratization or other relevant dimensions of institutions and dissent. More information about the LEGACIES project can be found here. The position is connected to the Department’s research group on “Instability and Armed Conflict” and the successful candidate will also be a member of the research group.

About the job

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to contribute to the overall objectives of the LEGACIES project by producing research work in this area, actively contributing to the analysis and management of data, and contributing to the production and publication of research work associated with the LEGACIES project. Candidates with a strong substantive background in comparative politics, peace and conflict studies, and/or international relations and a strong background and training in quantitative research methods and data management, potentially including the analysis of spatial data, will be considered advantageous.  

Your immediate leader is Head of Department.

You will report to the project leader (Prof. Charles Butcher) and the Head of Department (Prof. Johan Fredrik Rye).

Duties of the position

  • Produce and publish high-quality research, including joint and single-authored publications where appropriate, in the areas associated with the LEGACIES project.
  • Contribute to the core data collection, management, and analysis in the LEGACIES project.
  • Be an active member of the LEGACIES research team, joining regular meetings and events, contributing to group discussions, and assisting with organization of the project and related events where appropriate.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in a relevant field (political science, international relations, sociology, peace and conflict studies). Candidates who are in the final stages of their PhD project will be assessed, but must attach a document that confirms that their doctoral thesis has been submitted or documentation from the institution that confirms when the defense is scheduled to take place. If you are offered the position, you need to provide documentation for completion of the PhD degree before starting the position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and background in empirical, inferential research methods.
  • A research background and direction fitting within the core interests of the LEGACIES project.
  • Fluent communications skills in English, both written and oral.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

  • A strong publication record within the key substantive areas of the LEGACIES project (democratization, peace and conflict studies, historical international relations, studies of contention and dissent).
  • Advanced skills in quantitative research methods for observational data and data management, potentially including the analysis of spatial data.

Personal characteristics

  • Independence and initiative
  • Cooperative skills
  • Willingness to contribute to a good work environment

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 594 500 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 two 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 be attached to 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 you have not yet completed your PhD, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.

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.
  • A comprehensive overview of all academic work.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees (If you have not yet completed your PhD, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position)
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items).
  • A cover letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the position and broad research plan for the postdoctoral period.
  • Name and email address of three referees.

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.

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 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and 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. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Charles Butcher, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Senior Executive Officer HR Renate Lillian Johansen, email:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 29.02.2024

Dragvoll oversiktsbilde Foto: Erik Børseth/NTNU


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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.

Questions about the position

Renate Lillian Johansen

​​​​​​​Deadline 29th February 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
​​​​​​​Place of service NTNU Dragvoll, 7491 Trondheim

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