Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantitative Methods

Trondheim, Norway
02 May 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

A position as postdoctoral fellow in quantitative methods is available at the Department of Geography. The post is a fixed-term position for two years. It is possible to extend the period by 3 to 12 months by applying to the Research Council of Norway for an overseas research grant.

The successful candidate will be employed on the Research Council of Norway-funded project Creating a political and social climate for climate change adaptation.

The postdoctoral fellowship is an exciting opportunity for a quantitatively oriented early career researcher to contribute to research seeking to find solutions to an important global challenge. Climate change will in the coming decades make parts of the world increasingly inhospitable. This will lead to substantial climate induced displacement of people in developing countries. The project Creating a political and social climate for climate change adaptation seeks to improve the basis for effective policy making in addressing displacement at the local, national and international levels. The postdoc project will contribute to this research by constructing indices for resettlement potential at the sub-national level using geo-referenced data on physical, economic, institutional, political and social characteristics relevant to resettlement capacity. The postdoc will construct such indices for Bangladesh and Ethiopia and test whether the indices can have effect on policy making.

Information about the Department

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


The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Collect data for and construct sub-national indices for resettlement capacity in Ethiopia and Bangladesh
  • Test whether the indices have an effect on policy making
  • Contribute to and to work in close collaboration with the Creating a political and social climate for climate change adaptation project team members (
  • Collaborate with the ClimRes research group members at the Department of Geography (
  • Conduct fieldwork in Bangladesh and Ethiopia
  • Publish articles in high quality journals
  • Disseminate research results through conference and workshop participation and other relevant outlets, including communication to user groups and the general public
  • Contribute to the organization of project activities (such as meetings, workshops and outreach events)

Employment will be activated in accordance with existing regulations of 31.01.2006 and Regulations for the required duties and employment conditions at NTNU.


  • The applicant must have solid and documented experience in quantitative methods. Insight and experience in using GIS will be considered as a significant advantage.
  • The candidate must demonstrate competence in academic publication through previous publications in good quality, peer-reviewed academic outlets.
  • A Norwegian PhD or a foreign PhD approved as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in geography, economics or another relevant field is a prerequisite.
  • Fluency in English is required


Applications must include:

  • An application cover letter stating how the applicant’s research interests and background fit the announced post doc position
  • Publications and other relevant scientific work (max. 5)
  • CV, certificates, diplomas and letters of recommendation
  • Name and contact information for at least two academic references

Co-authored scientific work will be evaluated only if the applicant has enclosed a description of what he/she has contributed to the joint work.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview at NTNU.

The earliest start date for the position is August 1st, 2018.

Salary and conditions

The postdoctoral fellow will be paid according to salary scale 24 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 490 900 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Terms and conditions of the position are subject to the current Acts and Regulations for Norwegian State Employees.

Primary residence 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.

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 from Principal Investigator Professor Päivi Lujala (

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

Applications including attachments should be sent electronically through

About this job

  • Deadline Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 152350
  • Internal ID 2018/11372
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Fixed Term

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