University of Bergen

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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.

PhD position

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Geography for 4 years.


Department of Geography is part of Faculty of Social Sciences and hosts 19 permanent academic staff, 5 post-docs and 30 PhD candidates. Staff and PhD scholars carry out fieldworks and research in various parts of the world. Detailed information of the Department’s activities can be found on the homepage, The Department offers courses on Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels.


The vacant position is related to the University’s strategic priority topic: “Global social challenges”. Applicants who focus on social inequality and food security in a global perspective are particularly encouraged to apply, but projects in similar topics will also be considered. A component of GIS can be included in all or in parts of the project. In their project proposal, applicants should indicate in which way the proposed project can contribute to on-going research at the Department.    


Qualifications and personal qualities:


  • Master degree in geography. The degree must be completed before the application deadline.
  • Minimum requirement is mark B or better, on the Master thesis as well as on the complete Master degree.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently, have substantial working capacity, and be enthusiastic about research.  

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.


About the PhD position:


The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period for the successful candidate may be reduced if he or she has previously been employed in a PhD position.


About the research training:


As a PhD research fellow you will participate in the doctoral educational programme at UoB. The programme corresponds to a period of three years and leads to the submission of the PhD dissertation. To be eligible for admission you must have completed a Master’s degree. The educational background must be equivalent to a five-year Master’s education, including a two-year Master’s degree and a Master thesis. It is expected that the topic of the Master’s degree is related to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.


We can offer: 

  • Salary at pay grade 50 upon appointment (Code 1017) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 436,900 per year (before tax)). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
  • A pleasant and professionally challenging working environment
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits


Project proposal:


A research proposal of 5-8 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should present the topic, the research problem(s) and choice of theory and methods. The proposal should also include a progress plan for the different parts of the project. A budget of running costs should be included. Admittance to the PhD-programme will be based on the research proposal.


Your application must include: 

  • A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • Project proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • A list of academic publications
  • Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master’s thesis or equivalent)
  • If you have a master's degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries, or a 2-year discipline- based master's degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed 

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.


We kindly ask the applicants to follow the guidelines for applicants to research fellowship positions at the Faculty of Social Sciences closely, please see:


The application has to be marked: 18/5838


Closing date: September 21, 2018


Applications submitted without a project description or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment.


General information:


Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting Head of department Peter Andersen, e-mail, or phone 55583063/92091943.


Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to adviser Beathe Moldestad, phone +47 55 58 90 56, e-mail: 


Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the doctoral education program at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Further information about the program is available on the webpage Questions about the program may be directed to senior officer Hanne Gravermoen, e-mail:, phone: +47 55 58 90 68.


The teaching language will usually be Norwegian.


The labour force of State institutions shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore an explicit objective. The share of women in UoB’s staff is currently 40%. We therefore encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant background. Persons with immigrant background and persons 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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About this job

  • Deadline
    Friday, September 21, 2018
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    University of Bergen
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