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.

A 3-year PhD fellowship position is available at Oslo Business School, Oslo Metropolitan University. The position is associated with the research project “Darkness on the horizon? Exploring the response to contestation of trade policy in

Europe “(TradeCont), funded by the Research Council Norway (UTENRIKS-program). TradeCont is led by Associate Professor Guri Rosén. The PhD-candidate will be formally admitted to the doctoral program in social work and social policy at OsloMet.

The aim of TradeCont is to investigate whether and how efforts to compensate losers of globalization are likely to succeed and whether politicians think that compensatory policies is the right strategy to counter opposition to free trade. In response to increasing conflict over trade policy, recent appeals for inclusive growth call for compensatory measures boost support for further economic openness. TradeCont will examine the effect of compensatory politics through public opinion surveys, and study party manifestos to see whether and how politicians suggest compensatory measures in response to the contestation of trade. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the data collection of the project, as well as pursue an independent project relevant to TradeCont. More detailed information about the project can be acquired by contacting the project manager.

All applicants should provide a project proposal (in English or Norwegian) consisting of 6-8 pages, giving a detailed description of their planned research. Priority will be given to proposals focusing on the relationship between globalisation and the welfare state (over time, cross-country), attitudes towards trade and globalisation, or party politics of the welfare state in a global context. 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 three-year period. The project’s relevance to the doctoral programme in social work and social policy will also be taken into consideration.

The proposal should include the following elements: 

  • Research question(s), justified by relevant theory and embedded in existing literature.
  • Description of data and choice of methods
  • Description of how the proposed project is linked to TradeCont
  • Time schedule, including publication plan
  • List of reference


  • A master’s degree (120 ETCS) in political science, sociology or other disciplines relevant for the project.
  • A master’s thesis of minimum 30 ECTS.
  • Documented skills in research methodology (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Good language skills in English

Ability to work independently and goal-oriented The position is conditional upon admission to the PhD Programme in Social Work and Social Policy

Desired background:

  • Relevant research experience
  • An interest in processes of globalisation in general, and/or trade policy more specifically
  • German language skills 

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours 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.

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, if relevant
  • Project description: 6- 8 pages. The project description must be written in English.

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 Ståle Bie, 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.

We offer:

  • Salary: NOK 479 600 (in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017).
  • An active research group with regular meetings, seminars and an international network
  • A good working environment Loan terms and pension benefits from the Norwegian State Pension Fund

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

Contact information

For more information on the position, please contact:

Project leader, Guri Rosén, + 47 67 23 75 87

Head of the PhD programme, Amy Østertun Geirdal , +47 67 23 81 50



REF: 20/03689

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 20/03689
  • Guri Rosén, 67 23 75 87
  • Amy Østertun Geirdal , 67 23 81 50
Published 24.Apr.2020
Last application date 18.Jun.2020 11:59 PM CET

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