Faculty of Social Sciences, Oslo Business School

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.


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.

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.

Applications are invited for a full-time three years postdoctoral fellowship in public administration at the Oslo Business School, OsloMet. The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

We are looking for a highly motivated and structured postdoctoral fellow with excellent research qualifications that can complement the department’s research on the public sector. The candidate will be a member of the research group Organization and Management in the Public Sector (ORGOFF). Research in this group includes topics such as institutional responses to welfare state challenges, public management reforms, strategic management, local governance and performance management and evaluation. The postdoctoral fellow will participate actively in the group.

The Oslo Business School places high priority on individuals who can collaborate in interdisciplinary research teams and contribute to further development of the department’s research portfolio and visibility.

Main duties of the position

  • The fellow is expected to prepare a project proposal and carry out research that adds value to the existing portfolio of the ORGOFF research group
  • The fellow will contribute to network building and strengthening the public research profile of the Oslo Business School
  • The fellow will actively work to disseminate the project’s research with a mission to contribute to new scientific knowledge and the publication thereof in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and book collections

Qualification requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold a PhD degree relevant to the ORGOFF research group. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved
  • be proficient in both written and oral English and one Scandinavian language
  • demonstrate knowledge of and interest in the public sector

General criteria for appointment to a position as Postdoc are stipulated in Regulations relating to Appointment (Forskrift om ansettelsesvilkår for stillinger som postdoktor, stipendiat, vitenskapelig assistent og spesialistkandidat) § 1-2, see details in Norwegian.

In the assessment of applicants, emphasis will be put on

  • The quality and relevance of the project description
  • The general academic and personal qualifications of the applicant
  • Collaborative skills as well as ability to work on individual basis

Priority will be given to candidates with experience and project proposals on

  • Reforms in the public sector
  • Digitalization in the public administration
  • Public sector efforts to integrate immigrants

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required.

Expert evaluation

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

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • Project description/research proposal, including a specification of research focus, theoretical perspectives, methodological strategies, and plans for progress and dissemination of output (3-5 pages)
  • 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.
  • Up to five academic publications, including your PhD dissertation and a list of your publications, if relevant

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.

We can offer you

  • To be part of a professional environment at Norway’s third largest university
  • Beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • Free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners
  • Relocation support, cultural courses and on boarding services
  • Working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

OsloMet’s International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo.

Other information

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

  • Head of department Anita Schjølset, +47 67 23 83 95/+47 468 29 726
  • Associate professor Agnete Vabø, +47 67 23 84 57/+47 415 85 185

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees: 1352 Post doctor. Salary NOK 524 200 – 682 200. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants. Law deducts 2% of the salary to the State Pension Fund.  

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

Type of employment Visstidsanställning (kortare än 10 dagar)
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/12206
  • Anita Schjølset, Head of department , (+47) 67 23 83 95/ (+47) 468 29 726
  • Agnete Vabø, Associate professor , (+47) 67 23 84 57/ (+47) 415 85 185
Published 25.Mar.2019
Last application date 13.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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