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Phd Candidate In Comparative Politics Or International Relations

Trondheim, Norway
Closing date
17 Mar 2024

About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree. The PhD-position is a temporary position for a period of four years with teaching obligations.

The PhD position is an educational position that gives a promising research recruit the possibility for scientific development. The successful candidate will join the European Research Council funded “LEGACIES” project, which aims to understand how historical states affect conflict and democratization in the modern world. The successful candidate will build a project around either understanding historical states and international systems (especially non-western states and systems), and/or analyzing their impact on civil war, nonviolent protest, democratization or another relevant aspect of institutions and dissent. The position is open in relation to methodological background, but it is expected that the successful candidate will contribute to aspects of the data collection associated with the LEGACIES project, and skills in quantitative data collection and analysis are advantageous. 

The position is also connected to the Centre of Democratization and Resistance (CoDR) at ISS to promote research and teaching on why political institutions change and the role of contention and resistance in this process. CoDR has a historical focus on the drivers of democratization and contention, especially the role of historical and precolonial states and forms of political organization, forms of colonial governance and economic change, historical systems of economic organization, and historical patterns in conflict and warfare.

Your immediate leader is Head of Department.

Job description

  • The PhD-candidate is expected to contribute to the LEGACIES project through participation in group meetings and data collection associated with the project, in addition to participation in the “Political Instability and Armed Conflict” research group.
  • The PhD candidate is expected to develop and implement a research project analyzing aspects of historical states and international systems, and/or their impacts on modern institutions and dissent.
  • 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 is ascribed teaching work for one year, and it is expected that the candidate contributes to teaching in the fields associated with or related to the topics of the LEGACIES project and adjacent areas in Department as part of this. 

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in social science preferably political science, international relations, or sociology
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average from the master degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to 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. . If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • A PhD project relevant to the core research objectives of the LEGACIES project.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Preferred selection criteria

  • 1-2 years relevant experience in research, such as dissemination and participation in research project, is advantageous.
  • Documented training and experience in quantitative data collection and analysis, and/or experience using Geographical Information Systems, will be considered advantageous.

Personal characteristics

Personal qualifications such as independence, organization, initiative, cooperative spirit, and motivation to contribute to an inclusive work environment will be ascribed high importance.

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 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 3 years with the 1 year (25 %) teaching duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Social Sciences, specializing in political science/sociology. As a PhD candidate, you undertake 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 you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

General information

Working at NTNU

Inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

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, e-mail:  

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR by Renate Lillian Johansen, e-mail:

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must be attached to the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • A project proposal for the PhD project (1,500 words maximum) within the thematic area of the LEGACIES project. The proposal should give an outline of the research questions, theoretical perspectives and a methodological design for the PhD project.
  • A short letter of motivation
  • CV, recommendations and certificates
  • Transcript and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • If you have publications and other relevant scientific work (max. 3 publications), please attach these.
  • 2-3 references

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, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short 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.

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: 17.03.2024

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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 L. Johansen

Deadline 17th March 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
​​​​​​​Place of service Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim

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