PhD Position at the Department of Historical Studies

Trondheim, Norway
17 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
HF 18-018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim) offers a full-time fully funded 4-year PhD position within the European Studies group at the Department of Historical Studies, Faculty of Humanities. The PhD-position is part of the interdisciplinary project Trondheim Analytica and includes three years of research and one year of work for the department.

The European Studies group coordinates a BA and MA programme in European Studies and investigates processes of European integration and cooperation, the functioning of the European Union and relations between European countries and peoples from 1945 to the present day. We analyse the establishment and development of policies and institutions over time, the societal patterns of collaboration and conflict that generated them as well as the new forms of cooperation and conflict that arise as a result around the central theme of “Trust in European Governance”. Norway’s relationship with the rest of Europe and the EU is a strong research focus, too. Various disciplines, most notably History and Political Science, are represented in the European Studies group. For more information see:

Conceptualizing and Measuring Political Trust and Public Opinion on Social Media
This PhD project seeks to answer the research question: how and to what extent do citizens’ social media profiles reveal their trust in politics and opinions about European politics? While the topics that dominate the political agenda vary strongly from country to country, an emerging body of political sociological literature reveals that the political space in Europe at aggregate level is two-dimensional. On the one hand, a left-right dimension structures citizens’ opinions ranging from support for state-led redistribution on the left, to maximized individual economic freedom on the right. On the other hand, a new cultural dimension structures citizens’ attitudes. Here, cosmopolitans welcome refugees and membership of the European Union. In contrast, communitarians demand a reassertion of national sovereignty, a stop to immigration. The most recent research shows how citizens’ positions in this two-dimensional space are related to general emotions, such as tolerance and trust.

This PhD project aims to conceptualize and measure political trust and public opinion, including opinions about European integration, as they become apparent through citizens’ expressions on social media.

The main supervisor will be Associate Professor Pieter de Wilde at the European Studies group, the secondary supervisor will be Professor Kjetil Nørvåg from the Department of Computer Science. The PhD candidate will also collaborate with the other project members of Trondheim Analytica.

This call for applications invites project proposals that elaborate the theme mentioned above. A description of the research project and a short overview of the tasks of this PhD position is available upon request from the project coordinator (


Applicants should hold an MA degree in European Studies, History, Political Science, Sociology, Communication Science or related discipline by the time the project starts. They should have strong proficiency in English and in social science methodology. Knowledge about social media, public opinion on European integration, computer programming and/or survey methodology will be considered of added value.

To be accepted to a PhD-programme at NTNU, you must have:

  • completed at least five years of higher education that includes a master's degree or other equivalent degree.
  • a strong academic record and a weighted average for the last two years of your master's degree equivalent to a B or higher in NTNU's grading scale.

Candidates who are currently finishing their MA/MSc may apply, provided they have completed their degree before taking up the position.

PhD study at NTNU is organized in PhD programmes. Within 3 months after appointing the successful PhD scholarship holder must apply for admission to the PhD programme in Historical and Cultural Studies. For further information please see


The application and the project proposal must be written in English. Educational certificates and other documents should be in English or in a Scandinavian language.

The application and attachments must be sent electronically through the website Jobbnorge  (, and be marked with the file number for the position HF 18-018.

Complete applications include:

  • a letter of motivation
  • a project proposal of up to 1.200 words outlining in further detail how the project will be carried out.
  • a full CV
  • up to two letters of recommendation

Applicants that are considered for the position, will be asked for references and called in for an interview. Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration

Terms and benefits

The position is remunerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 436.900 - annually, of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme.

The appointment will be made in accordance with regulations for fellowship appointments at universities, and with regulations concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. A contract will be drawn up detailing the period of appointment and required duties.

Desired starting date is 1 August 2018.

The successful applicant’s work place will be Department of Historical Studies, NTNU. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labor force and to recruit persons with a diverse background. Candidates who fit the latter description are encouraged to apply. Women are encouraged to apply.

To receive a full description of the research project, please contact Pieter de Wilde ( Any other inquiries concerning the post should also be directed to him.

Questions about the application process can be directed to administrative adviser Hege Kissten;  

For more information about the project Trondheim Analytica, please see: Trondheim Analytica

Application deadline: May 27th 2018.

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 151094
  • Internal ID 2018/11224
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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