Post-doctoral Position within the Strategic Research Area - NTNU Oceans

Trondheim, Norway
16 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2017
HF 17-047
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), invites scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship in research on the normative aspects of ocean science and technological development. The position is at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Dragvoll campus, NTNU Trondheim, and is a temporary, fixed-term position for a period of 3 years with the primary goal of qualifying for work in professional academic chair positions. The position is divided between own research (67 %) and required duties (33%). Content of required duties includes organizational tasks in relation with the multidisciplinary research project HAVANSVAR, and consists among other things in organizing of conferences and other events and preparing application for external research funding.

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies has 21,2 full-time academic staff, 15 of whom belong to the philosophy section. The Department teaches and supervises philosophy and religious studies at bachelor-, master- and PhD-level. In addition, it is responsible for a compulsory introductory course in theory of science and ethics (Examen Philosophicum) for the whole university, and offers a number of other courses available to the whole university. The Department hosts several active research groups, and a number of externally funded research projects. The academic staff shows high activity in research-based publications and public dissemination, both individually and in groups.

NTNU Oceans programme HAVANSVAR – Responsible Ocean Research and Innovation

The seas and oceans have played a significant role throughout the history of Norway. Marine resources are at the basis of the welfare society. Currently, Norway is one of the largest oil and gas producers in the world, and is the second largest exporter of fish. Both sectors are supported by a highly specialized and technology-driven marine and maritime industry. Research and innovation is needed to further develop the sustainable growth of established marine sectors, and to build up the knowledge base needed for blue growth in new areas such as sea-based renewables, deep sea mining or surveying the ocean space in tough environments. These complex challenges call for a holistic approach and interdisciplinary collaboration. This is offered by NTNU Oceans, combining natural science, marine engineering and technology, humanities and social sciences in education, research and innovation. Its portfolio consists of both basic science as well as joint projects with industry and public authorities. New solutions thus created will contribute to marine and maritime growth in line with environmental concerns and societal needs. NTNU Oceans is now establishing a programme with the intent to build up the knowledge base on ethical, cultural, communicative, narrative and historic dimensions of ocean-related research and technology development. This post-doctoral position is part of this new programme, and the main purpose is to explore central normative questions and concepts related to the development of responsible and ocean technology and sustainable utilization of ocean resources. Project descriptions should relate explicitly to this purpose, and should include a tentative plan for the research and writing of three journal articles relating to the main themes of the research project. You can find more information about the project here:  


Applicants should have a disciplinary background (PhD degree or equivalent) in philosophy, ethics, or other relevant fields. Good communication and networking skills are essential for this position. The candidate must have an ability work in a team, as well as to work independently. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in issues related to technology, innovation and/or interdisciplinary collaboration. The working languages will be Scandinavian and/or English, but the candidate should preferably be able to follow Norwegian debates on ocean research and development.


An application should include a covering letter summarizing relevant experience and education as well as specifying the motivation for the application, and a project plan (totally 3-5 pages).

The application and the project description can be written in English or Norwegian. The application is to be submitted electronically through marked with HF17-047, with the following attachments (preferably gathered in one document):

  • A list of publications, and other relevant work they wish the commission to take into consideration.
  • A CV, with information on education, examinations and previous research experience, and the names of possible references must also be included.
  • Scanned copies of certificates (originals must be produced at the interview)

Applicants that are considered for the positions will be asked for references and called in for an interview.

Terms and benefits

The position is remunerated according to salary level 57 in the national salary scheme, gross, NOK 490 900,- annually (2017), of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme. Appointments will be made in accordance with the current regulations for universities. The successful applicants must agree to the conditions that apply to public employees. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and required duties. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite. It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labourforce and to recruit people with an immigrant background.

For further details about the positions contact: Associate Professor Siri Granum Carson (

Application must be received by: 2017-11-01

About this job

  • Deadline Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service NTNU Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 142437
  • Internal ID HF 17-047
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

About applications

  • Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on
  • You must complete: Academic CV
  • Please refer to where you first saw this job advertised!