University of Bergen

Institutt for sammenliknende politikk

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Comparative Politics

There is a vacancy for a postdoc position at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, linked to research within the field of multilevel governance. The position is for a period of 4 years, 25% of which must be dedicated to teaching, supervision and administrative tasks at the Department.


About the project/work tasks

A distinct feature of most advanced democracies is that solutions are found, policies developed and decided within networks of actors. This feature is often named multilevel governance. Multilevel governance consists of networks and partnerships between institutions and organizations in public sector but also between actors in public and private sector. All levels – from local to supranational – are involved in the networks and partnerships.


To understand political-administrative systems it is important also to understand multilevel networks and the interactions and interfaces between public sector, private sector and the civil societies. It is also important to understand the relationship between elected politicians and the administrative systems under these new conditions.


We want to explore further the possibilities for governing and governance under such conditions. Norway and the Nordic countries are our starting point, but comparison with other countries and systems is also relevant. Conditions for political steering and control, democratic participation, relationship between the political and administrative level, policymaking, decisions and implementation in a multilevel context, how institutions are designed, conditions for actions and choices of actions are all interesting topics.


To be part of a group of researcher working on such topics we seek candidates with PhD in political science and documented competencies in social science methods. The postdoc candidate is expected to generate data in the field, research on topics related to the themes presented here and to build networks with other researchers working with the same or related topics inside and outside of the university.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

The applicant must

  • hold a PhD within political science or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • work with themes that relates to multilevel governance issues – in Norway, in the Nordic countries or in comparison.
  • be qualified in social science methods (qualitative or quantitative).
  • be able to do outreach from the project to decisions makers outside academia.
  • contribute to international network building in the field of multilevel governance research.
  • be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • have an interest in and ability to communicate research to practitioners and policy makers 

  • have ability to raise funding for research.
  • proficiency in both written and oral English.

 Potential candidates will be invited for an interview.


Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the teaching and research profile at the Department. The teaching language is Norwegian, one of the Scandinavian languages or English.


About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 4 years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.


A research proposal of 4-5 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should contain a progress plan for the different parts of the research work, as well as a plan regarding publishing.  It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

A budget must be set up for operating expenses.  


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 57 – 60 (code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to NOK 490.900.- to  517.700.- pr. year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Good welfare benefits.

 Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • CV
  • The research proposal (4 to 5 pages) with budget.
  • A maximum of five publications to be considered in the assessment (co-authored publications must be accompanied by declarations of co-authorship).
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/letters of recommendation.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at


The application has to be marked with: 17/15339


The closing date is January 28, 2018.         


Applications sent by e-mail will not be evaluated.


General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Professor Anne Lise Fimreite, Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen: 


Practical questions about the application process should be directed to Senior Executive Officer Even Michal Endresen, e-mail: , or tel.+47 5558 9059

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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    Sunday, January 28, 2018
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