PhD in Political Science

Trondheim, Norway
23 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

There is a temporary position available at NTNU Sustainability as a PhD Candidate in Political Science for a period of 3 years (one year of additional funding can be applied for, which will then include 25% compulsory work over the resulting 4 year period). This is an educational position which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development leading up to a PhD degree.

Information about the Department

The candidate will join the exciting and growing Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU. The department has a wide range of research areas such as sociology, political science, sports science, media, communications and information technology. The department currently has around 70 employees; 27 professors and 12 associate professors in permanent positions.

NTNU Sustainability is the university’s strategic programme for contributing science based knowledge on environmental sustainability to decision-making processes in politics, business and society at large. The successful candidate will join the Department of Sociology and Political Science, which studies governance, institutions, state behavior and public policy issues pertaining to a sustainable development. The candidate will have a main supervisor from Political Science and a co-supervisor from one of NTNU Sustainability’s other partners, such as the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES) or the Programme for Industrial Ecology (IndEcol). Read more about NTNU Sustainability and the participating research groups at

Applicants should submit a preliminary research project proposal that contributes to NTNU Sustainability’s efforts on the politics of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It should focus on the governance and politics of achieving the so-called 1.5° C target and thematically address one of the following three topics: Structural energy transitions; the prospects for achieving net negative emissions; international and transnational finance for climate change adaptation in a global perspective. The submitted project proposal should be no longer than 2500 words and include a presentation of the chosen topic, research question(s), theoretical and methodological approaches, empirical scope and selected literature references.


  • Development and implementation of PhD project
  • Contributions to other research activities at NTNU Sustainability
  • Presentation and outreach activities on behalf of NTNU Sustainability


Employment will be activated in accordance with existing regulations of 31.01.06. The requirement for the position is a completed master’s degree in political science, international relations, public administration, environmental politics, development studies or equivalent. Applicants must have a strong academic record from their previous studies and must have a weighted average grade for the last two years of their master's or equivalent education (corresponding to 120 ECTS credits) of B or higher in terms of NTNU's grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be admitted only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

Fluent English skills are required and proficiency in a Scandinavian language will be considered an asset.

Personal qualifications such as the ability to perform independent work, cooperate with others, problem solving skills, creativity, and motivation to apply for the position, will be ascribed high importance.

Salary and Working Conditions

The PhD position is paid according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, minimum gross NOK 436 500 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

We offer

  • Academic challenges
  • An open and including work environment
  • Attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, disabilities or cultural background. NTNU is an inclusive workplace.


Employment in this PhD Candidate position requires admission to NTNU’s PhD program in Political Science. Information about the PhD program can be found at If the applicant is not already admitted to the PhD program, an application for such admission must be submitted within three months after employment. Relevant application forms can be found at

An application should within deadline include:

  • An application text or a letter of motivation
  • A research project proposal as described above (5-7 pages)
  • CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas
  • Publications and other relevant scientific work. Joint works will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, a short descriptive summary of the applicant’s contributions should be enclosed.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Professor Espen Moe, phone +73592230 and e-mail or local coordinator for NTNU Sustainability at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, Jo-Kristian S. Røttereng, phone +4741907430 and e-mail

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Sissel Sæther, e-mail:

An application including attachments should be sent electronically via Attachments may also be sent to NTNU, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway. Please mark the application SU-86.

Application Deadline: 19.11.2017.

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, November 19, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 143758
  • Internal ID 2017/33301
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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