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Phd Candidate In In Sustainable And Profitable Business Models Development

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Closing date
11 Aug 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 position is anchored at NTNU in Ålesund and is part of the multi-partner SFI Harvest project – Technologies for sustainable biomarine value creation. We are looking for candidates with a background or experience within at least one of the following areas: Business strategy, sustainability / environmental management, sustainable supply/value chain management, management rules for the fisheries, marketing mechanisms for fish food products. You will report to the Head of Department.

Sustainability within the value chains in biomarine sector becomes and increasingly overall requirement for production of sustainable fish products.

The main purpose of the PhD is to build a prospective and comprehensive business model for sustainability for the development of sustainable feed production.

About the SFI Harvest

SFI Harvest brings together pioneering shipowners, key technology providers, large producers of raw materials and feed for the aquaculture sector, stakeholders, SINTEF Ocean, and other strong research groups, including AMOS (the Norwegian Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems). The innovations will enable precise and efficient capture and processing of mesopelagic species, zooplankton, and phytoplankton.

Duties of the position

  • The PhD candidate is expected to contribute to review, design, analysis and testing of business models for sustainability (BMfS) in cooperation with project partners.
  • He/she is expected to complete the necessary doctoral coursework.
  • Take part in case study research of companies in the fish farming industry.
  • Conduct research, publish, and write publishable papers that constitute the requirement for the PhD position.
  • Participation in activities organized by SFI Harvest partners.
  • Working closely with researchers across project work packages.

Research activities will revolve around:

  • Reviewing fisheries capture business models and value chains which correspond to sustainable governance and management.
  • Working with partners to assess the applicability of existing sustainability assessment tools.
  • Developing a decision-making framework to support the sustainability in business models.
  • Testing the decision-making framework with key stakeholders from SFI Harvest.

Required selection criteria

  • 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 grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program (link)
  • Excellent written and oral English language

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 Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Good knowledge of the fish feed and the aquaculture industry
  • Understanding of how the Aquaculture sector and the life cycle of the feed affects the environment and the society
  • Good theoretical and analytical skills
  • Good communications skills
  • Have experience of interviewing focus groups and running stakeholder workshops
  • Norwegian or other Scandinavian language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to solve complex technical tasks independently.
  • Ability to collaborate both within the discipline and across other discipline.
  • You must be independent, have great work capacity and have enthusiasm for research.
  • The ability to contribute to a good PhD environment and work environment in general is emphasized.
  • The ability to carry out projects will be given special weight.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment with close links to industry
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Attractive Norwegian social welfare scheme including family benefits, home loans, Insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

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 yearswith the possibility of an additional year of working duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Economics and Management within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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.

Primary residency in Ålesund is a prerequisite. The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to 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 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: 

  • Application letter concerning your motivation for completing a PhD in this particular project, outlining previous relevant experience
  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts 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.
  • Project proposal  (maximum 2-3 pages excl. references)
  • Name and contact information of three references
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

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.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our 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.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. (tas bort hvis ikke aktuelt)

The city of Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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 Associate Professor Richard Glavee-Geo, email, telephone +47 70161656. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Adviser Oddny Lyngvær at email telephone +4795011957.

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: 11.08.2024

Ålesund campus oversikt Foto: Karl Otto Kristiansen/NTNU

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 International Business

We are part of the Ålesund Campus. The Department’s core expertise, in which marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship play a key role, is closely linked to the region’s needs. We also conduct research and teaching in economics, business administration, marketing, commercial and management subjects.  Together with local business and industry, we have created a research laboratory to enable research and development in service innovation, entrepreneurship, finance and technology. The Department of International Business is one of four departments in the Faculty of Economics and Management

Deadline 11th August 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Ålesund
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU i Ålesund, 6025 Ålesund

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