University of Bergen

Department of Economics

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.


There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Economics. The position is  subject to the project “Unfit or unqualified? Understanding the impact of health and qualifications on school and labour market exclusion”, financed by the Research Council of Norway.


About the project:
The project addresses the interplay between health, qualifications, and labour market outcomes for i ) employees who experience restructuring and ii ) young people in the process of acquiring formal qualifications. It is organiced in five workpackages (WPs).
WP1: Analyse health, sickness absence and labour market exit for employees exposed to increased competition compared to colleges who were not, before and after re-organisation.
WP 2: Analyse the importance of health on the likelihood of leaving or staying during downsizing of the petroleum sector.
WP 3-5: Analyse causes and consequences of school dropout by testing three predictors: Health at birth, school quality, and availability of apprenticeships. Use the dropout variation caused by these predictors to estimate effects from dropout on outcomes like mental health, social insurance uptake, and labour market exclusion.


Further information about the project upon request to the project leader (contact information elsewhere in this announcement).


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in Economics.
    Applicants completing their master’s degrees before October 1 may apply. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.

  • The requirements are generally grade B or better on Master thesis and for the Master degree in total

  • As an applicant you should be able to work independently and have the ability to cooperate with others

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

  • Skills in microeconometrics is an advantage.

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 previously has been employed in a PhD position.


About the research training:

As a PhD research fellow you will take part 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 connected 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). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
  • A good 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, within the topics of the project of which the PhD position is financed. 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, 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”.


The application has to be marked: 18/6659


Closing date: September 1, 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 Professor Kjell Vaage, (project leader), e-mail, phone +47 908 52 830/+47 55 58 92 06.


Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to senior officer Anita Helen Spurkeland, e-mail, phone +47 55 58 90 58.


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 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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    Saturday, September 1, 2018
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