PhD Research Fellow in Social Anthropology

Trondheim, Norway
20 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Social Anthropology as PhD Candidate for a period of four years, including teaching duties at the Department. The position as a PhD Candidate is a fixed -term position with the primary goal of qualifying for work in professional academic chair positions.

The Department of Social Anthropology is part of the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences and is one of four anthropological teaching departments in Norway. It dates back to 1975, and engages in ethnographic research in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America on wide variety of topic such as mobility and migration, technology and innovation, organizational anthropology and sustainability, and global inequalities. There are currently 18 scientific staff and a total of approximately 300 students on undergraduate and graduate level. The Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences has a vibrant PhD programme with specialization in all the social science disciplines.


The Department of Social Anthropology is seeking to appoint a PhD Research Fellow to join a newly established research group on mobility and migration. The group engages with theoretical and methodical developments within social theory, putting a stronger emphasis on ‘mobility’ as constitutive of social forms, institutions, and networks. The group specializes in empirical research on the interconnections between movement in geographical space, social mobility, and time, and in the management of multicultural working life, including labour migration and migration industry.

In support of the overall goal, we are seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates to undertake ethnographic research in the city of Trondheim, Norway on cosmopolitanism and forms of co-existence across cultural differences.


The successful candidate will hold a master’s degree in Social Anthropology or equivalent education, preferably focusing on mobility and migration research in a broad sense. 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 (equivalent to 120 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.

The ideal candidates will have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently and systematically, and demonstrate good collaborate skills and initiatives to contribute constructively to the work environment at the Department.

Personal qualifications as described and motivation to apply for the position, will be ascribed high importance.

Employment will be activated in accordance to existing regulations of 31.01.2006 with NTNUs supplementary purviews of 17.06.2009.

Salary and working conditions

The PhD position is paid according to the national salary scheme, from gross NOK 436 900 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Please find more information about the appointment of PhD Candidates in NTNUs supplementary purviews of 23.01.12,

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.

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 a PhD position requires admission to a PhD-program of the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences. Application for admission to the PhD program must be submitted as soon as the candidate is employed in the position, no later than 3 months after employment. More information about the PhD programme is available at:

See for information on entry requirements for post-graduate studies at NTNU.

Application should within deadline include:

  • CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas.
  • Research proposal, no more than 3500 words including bibliography
  • Sample of academic written work
  • Academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • Letter of intent
  • Name and contact details for two referents

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

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

Prospective applicants may consult the head of the research group, Jan Ketil Simonsen, to discuss their proposed research (E-mail:, Phone: +47 735 96 342)

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Aaste Line Strand

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through: Please mark the application: SU-137


  • Deadline Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 151669
  • Internal ID 2018/6428
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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