University of Bergen

Institutt for administrasjon og organisasjonsvitenskap

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

Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for two years. We are especially interested in candidates with good qualifications in legal analysis and qualitative methods and a keen interest in comparative research.


About the project/work tasks

The Research Fellow will work as part of the Discretion project or the Acceptability project. These projects are respectively funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant and a FRIHUMSAM Norwegian Research Council Grant, and are based at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism at the University of Bergen, Norway. The research team is interdisciplinary and Professor Marit Skivenes is the principal investigator for the projects. For more information:


The main objectives for the ongoing research activity at the Centre are to reveal the mechanisms for exercising discretion, and improve the understanding of paternalism and principles of best interests and welfare. These objectives will be reached by systematically examining the role of institutional, organizational and individual factors including regulations of best interest principles; professions involved; type of courts; type of child protection system; demographic factors and individual values; and the populations’ view on children and paternalism. The research design is set out to employ innovative methodological approaches, with multilevel and cross-country studies.


Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the principal investigator for further details (


Your tasks

  • To engage in independent scientific work that will result in high quality research

  • To take part in high quality publications addressing core themes of the research project

  • To participate in the collection, pooling, and analysis of data 

  • To support and work with the principal investigator in carrying out the research project

  • To participate in the organization of research activities and events, such as conferences, workshops, joint publications, and web activities 

  • To actively contribute to the academic life of the Centre

Your profile: qualifications and personal qualities

  • A Ph.D. in law, philosophy or political science (other education when clearly related to the project topic may be considered). The applicant must have submitted his/her Ph.D’s thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the Ph.D degree has been awarded at the start of employment. 

  • Knowledge and experience with text analysis and qualitative methods 

  • Knowledge and experience with legal analysis 

  • A demonstrated interest in engaging in independent research on topics related to the research project 

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

  • Fluency in written and spoken English 

  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and/or German is preferable, but not a requirement

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their research and it’s fit with the project; the candidate’s methods skills; the candidate’s interest in the project’s topic; and the quality of the publications.


The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Bergen during the project period and participate in common activities at the Centre. 


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.


About the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism

The research at the centre is comparative - between nations, systems and individuals, and includes researchers from various disciplines and an international network. In Bergen, the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism is a part of the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (UiB/CMI), and is involved in research collaboration at FAIR - Center for excellence at the Norwegian School of Economics, as well as with the research group Law, Democracy and Welfare at Western Norway University of Applied Science.

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 2 years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

About the application
A research summary of maximum 2 pages with planned research initiatives must accompany the application. It should contain a progress plan for 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.


We can offer:

  • Salary at pay grade 57 - 60 (code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment (currently equivalent to NOK 490.900 - 517.700 per year) in a full position. The salary scale is under adjustment and will be updated. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position. 

  • A good, vibrant, and professionally challenging working environment 

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise) 

  • Good welfare benefits 

  • The city of Bergen - a unique mix of vibrant cultural life and extraordinary nature

Your application must include:

  • Cover-letter, including a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position

  • The research summary of planned research initiatives

  • CV

  • Diplomas (certified copies)

  • Two references with names and contact details

  • Any documentation of pedagogical qualifications

  • Complete list of publications

  • A list of selected scholarly works from the last five years

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded electronically at the recruitment portal The application must include all information to be taken into consideration in the assessment of the academic qualifications. 


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.


The application has to be marked: 18/7050


Closing date: August 8th, 2018


Applications submitted without required information 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 Project leader Marit Skivenes, e-mail:, phone: +47 95924979. 


Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Senior

Executive Officer Anita Helen Spurkeland, e-mail:, phone +4755589058.


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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    Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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