PhD Candidate in Human Geography, Natural Resource Governance

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

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Geography as PhD Candidate in Human Geography for a period of 4 years where three years are for research and 1 year is for teaching and other work for the Department. This is an educational position that will provide a promising research recruit the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD degree. The position is connected to the PhD program at the Faculty of Social and Educational Science.

Currently, the Department of Geography employs 9 professors, 7 associate professors, 2 researchers, 2 postdocs and 13 PhD candidates. The Department has defined four strategic research areas: Natural hazards and effects of climate change; Environment, resources and management; Mobility, transnationalism and inequality; and Innovation and regional changes.

PhD project research focus 

Tanzania and Uganda are currently in the process of becoming important oil and gas producers. In both countries there is considerable overlap between particularly valuable and biodiversity rich ecosystems and oil and gas reserves, thus posing many challenges for reconciling conservation of biodiversity rich ecosystems and utilization of the petroleum resources. The PhD fellowship will be linked to the project ‘Capacity building to promote sustainable governance of petroleum resources, biodiversity and livelihoods in East African communities’ (Pelibigo) ( This project is a collaboration between NTNU, University of Dodoma (Tanzania), Makerere University (Uganda) and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), and funded by the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development within the Fields of Energy and Petroleum (EnPe). The overall research objective of Pelibigo is to investigate the social and environmental impacts of oil and gas exploration within new oil and gas frontiers in Uganda and Tanzania. Within this framework we are primarily seeking a candidate that will explore the links between oil development and corporate social responsibility programs focusing particularly on various forms of biodiversity offsets, payment for ecosystem services and/or ecotourism initiatives.


The holder of the position is expected to:

  • Contribute to the project Capacity building to promote sustainable governance of petroleum resources, biodiversity and livelihoods in East African communities.
  • Contribute to teaching and supervision at the Department of Geography.


We seek a dedicated and sociable person who meets the required qualifications for a PhD candidate. The requirement for the position is a completed master’s degree in human geographyor equivalent education. 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. Fluent English skills are required. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are: TOEFL: 600 (paper based test), 92 (internet based test); IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Personal qualifications and motivation to apply for the position will be ascribed high importance. We expect a candidate who is able to work independently, also with respect to planning and implementation of fieldwork. Excellent communication skills should be demonstrated. The ability to build a relevant contact network is important.

Salary and Working Conditions

PhD Candidates, code 1017, are paid according to the National Salary Scheme, from gross NOK 436 900 pr. year, of which 2% is deducted forthe State Pension Scheme.

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

The applicant must commit to undertake organized PhD studies within the employment period.

Employment will be activated in accordance with existing regulations of 31.01.2006, and Regulations for the required duties and employment conditions for PhD-candidates at NTNU. 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 in Social science with a specialisation in geography.

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:

You can find the relevant application schedules here;

The application should within the deadline include:

  • A preliminary project description of 4-6 pages. A complete version of the project description must be made available within six months of admission to the PhD program
  • CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas.
  • Publications and other relevant scientific work.

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.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Professor Haakon Lein, e-mail at the Department of Geography.

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Aaste Line Strand, e-mail:

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through: Please mark the application: SU-135


  • Deadline Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 151673
  • Internal ID 2018/6425
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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