The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

PhD Research Fellowship in Public Administration

The University of Agder invites applications for one full-time, fixed-term appointment as PhD Research Fellow in Public Administration for a period of three years, alternatively four years with 25% of the time assigned to tasks at the Faculty’s discretion, at the Department of Political Science and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences. The position is located in Kristiansand, Norway. For further information on the PhD program, consult:


Description of the position

The position is financed by the university, and is associated with one of the two  established research groups at the Department, namely; Governance and Leadership in the Public Sector (GOLEP).  The group’s activities focus on advanced research on public institutions at all administrative levels, and the proposed PhD-project should be framed within the scope of (one or more of) the core themes and empirical areas of interest to the group’s permanent members. See for additional information on GOLEP’s thematic areas of research, analytical and theoretical perspectives, selected publications and ongoing projects.


Qualifications and terms

Further provisions relating to the position as PhD Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the Post of Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident, available for download at


The PhD Research Fellow is expected to complete a doctoral dissertation within the period of employment.


The applicants should hold a master’s degree in political science, public administration, or equivalent fields. The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, and any previous research and development-work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised. The University, on its side, is committed to securing good supervision for the successful applicant. Short-listed applicants may be invited for interviews.


Applicants must submit a project description of no more than 10 pages including the bibliography. The project description should include a presentation of possible research questions/hypotheses, theoretical framework and a progress plan for the proposed doctoral project. An essential part of the assessment of applicants is the quality of the project description.


We offer:

  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible workinghours enabling sound work-life balance

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, NKR 436.900 gross per year. A 2% compulsory pension contribution will be deducted and paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund according to current statutory provisions.


The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.


Women are especially encouraged to apply.


The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.



Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”.


The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:


  • Diplomas and references*
  • List of academic publications
  • Master’s thesis
  • Other academic publications
  • Project description (no more than 10 pages)

*Original documents of the certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records or authenticated copies of the original documents with stamp, date, and readable signature from a public office (e.g. university, college, or police) must be presented before appointment.


The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation in a sufficient number of copies before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.


Closing date: 24 October 2017.


For further information, please contact the Director of the PhD-programme Professor Jarle Trondal (, Administrative Officer responsible for the the PhD-programmes at the Faculty Cecilie Rygh Mawdsley (, or Head of Department Anne Elizabeth Stie (


In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


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  • Deadline
    Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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    University of Agder
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