Faculty of Social Sciences, Oslo Business School

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business.

The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

Oslo Business School has approximately 1700 students and 70 employees and offers study programmes both at Bachelor and Master level, as well as a wide range of continuing and further education.

About the positions

Oslo Business School at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) has available up to four fully funded positions as Research Fellow. The positions are not associated with specific research projects and applicants can formulate their own ideas for a research project based on the Business School's research areas. The accepted fellows will be admitted to the newly established Ph.D. program in social science at OsloMet, in the profile Business Administration, Innovation and Governance. The Ph.D. students/research fellows are supervised by the highly qualified faculty of the Business School and applicants are encouraged to contact faculty to discuss potential research projects. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the School's research fields and relevant areas of specialization.

Candidates must outline a project that can be connected to one or more of the Business School's research areas, which are organised as five academic units:

  • Finance and accounting: The group welcomes applicants with the ambition of developing research competence within the following disciplines; corporate finance, corporate governance, sustainable finance, and public accounting and public cost management.
  • Public administration and governance: The group is multidisciplinary, with research on public policy and governance. We welcome applications from the subject fields of political science, sociology, law, organization and management. Some relevant thematic focuses are: The Covid-19 pandemic and urban governance, public sector reforms and governance, and digital platforms and democracy.
  • Organisation and management: The organization and management group has an emphasis on human aspects in various organizational context. We welcome applications within organizational behavior, HRM, arts management and the management of professions.
  • Economics: The group welcomes applicants who wants to study environmental economics, industrial organization and policies for the green transformation of the economy.
  • Strategy, innovation and marketing: The group welcomes applicants with the ambition of developing research competence within the following disciplines; strategy, strategic management, innovation/innovation management, marketing, digitalization, communication and/or entrepreneurship.

Read more about the research areas and possible Ph.D. project and contact persons on webpage.

Read more about Oslo Business School

Read more about the Ph.D. program in Social Science

Main duties of the position

The purpose of the position is to complete a research project leading to a doctorate degree. The research fellow will be employed at Oslo Business School and be part of one of the five academic units.

The research fellowship period is for three years. Depending on area of research and the wishes of those employed in the position, a fellowship for a total of four years (including 25% teaching duties connected to the department's study programmes) may be considered. 

Qualification requirements

To be considered for this position you must have

  • a Master’s degree (120 ECTS credits) or equivalent within social science, humanities, business/administration or related fields with excellent academic results
  • good oral and written presentation skills in English

All applicants should provide a project proposal (in English or Norwegian) consisting of 6-10 pages, giving a detailed description of their planned research. The research proposal will be an important part of the assessment, and must demonstrate how the project will lead to a doctoral degree within the designated period. The project’s relevance to the doctoral programme, and the Business School's academic profile (with respect to finding a good supervisor-supervisee match) will also be taken into consideration. You can read more about the requirements for the project plan.

When assessing and ranking the qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The scientific quality of the Ph.D. project description, including originality and potential
  • The Ph.D. project’s feasibility within the standard period (three years)
  • Personal qualities that can contribute positively to the working environment
  • Good knowledge (written and oral) in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage

Other factors that can be an asset:

  • Attached scientific work
  • Other relevant publications
  • Experience from previous research activities and project participation
  • Teaching experience at the college and university level

Acceptance to the Ph.D. programme in social science at OsloMet is a prerequisite for starting the position as research fellow. Applications for the programme will be submitted after the hiring process has been completed.

It is expected that the research fellows have their daily place of work at the university's campus in Oslo during the fellowship period. 

We can offer you

  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest university
  • opportunities for professional development
  • beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • good employee welfare arrangements
  • free Norwegian classes to employees
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

OsloMet seeks to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

Other information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Einar Bakke, faggruppeleder finans og regnskap, tlf: 934 23 808, e.bakke@oslomet.no
  • Anita Schjølset, head of Public administration and governance, tlf: 486 29 726, anita.schjolset@oslomet.no
  • Erik Døving, head of Organisation and management, tlf: 67 23 82 59, erik.doving@oslomet.no
  • Fredrik Wulfsberg, head of Economics, tlf: 67 23 80 87, fredrik.wulfsberg@oslomet.no
  • Ingvild Jøranli, head of Strategy, innovation and marketing, tlf: 957 96 290, ingvild.joranli@oslomet.no
  • Karl Joachim Breunig, Ph.D- coordinator, tlf: 67 23 82 65, karl.joachim.breunig@oslomet.no
  • Jørgen Modalsli, head of Oslo Business School, tlf: 412 70 978, jorgen.modalsli@oslomet.no

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. Ph.D. position and position code 54, NOK 482 200 per year.  

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • CV, references and all pages of certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • Your master's degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that you wish the expert committee to take into consideration) and a list of your publications
  • Project description: maximum 10 pages. The project description must be written in English or a Scandinavian language.

You must upload all of these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact stale.bie@oslomet.no

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

Deadline for applications:      22.08.21

Ref.:                                        21/05054

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Autumn 2021
Salary NOK 482 200 per year
Number of positions 4
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 21/05054
  • Jørgen Modalsli, 41270978
  • Karl Joachim Breunig, 67 23 82 65
Published 09.Jul.2021
Last application date 22.Aug.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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