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 at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory

At the University of Bergen, there is a vacancy for a 4 year postdoctor position at Department of administration and organization theory. The position is connected to the research and innovation the project: TROPICO – Transforming into Open Innovative and Collaborative Governments. TROPICO is funded by the Horizon 2020 framework program of the European Union.


The TROPICO project examines how governments and public administrations in Europe work and transforms to enhance collaboration in policy design and service delivery, advancing the participation of public, private and societal actors. Central to the project is how digitalization, information and communications technologies (ICT), and new digital tools contribute to collaboration – in public administration, between government and citizens, and between public administration and organizations in the private or the voluntary sectors. The TROPICO project includes multiple and comparative case studies from several countries, including Norway, and will conduct interviews with and questionnaires to experts and those working in or with the public administration.


The TROPICO project is coordinated from the Department of administration and organization theory at the University of Bergen and has 12 partners in 10 European countries. For more information:


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD in public administration, political science or in the social sciences. You must therefore have submitted your doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • You must have excellent collaborative skills, a high working capacity, and you will be expected to contribute to the TROPICO project.
  • You must be able to work independently and in a structured manner.
  • You must be proficient in English (both written and oral)

About the position:

The postdoctoral research position is a fixed-term appointment. The fixed-term period for this position is 4 years. 1 year of this period (25% of the position) is designated for duties such as teaching/supervision, dissemination and administration. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.


The teaching language is usually Norwegian. Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the teaching and research profile at the Department, please see


As a Postdoctor in TROPICO you will be part of an established network of PhDs, postdoctors, and senior researchers from 10 European countries. You will also be a part of a research group at the Department of administration and organization theory.


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their project proposal and its fit with the TROPICO project, the candidate’s interest in the project’s topic, and the quality of publications and submitted writing samples.


Potential candidates will be invited to the department for an interview or we will arrange for an interview on Video/Skype in September/October.


About the project proposal:

A project proposal of 4-5 pages must accompany the application. The plan should outline the ideas and ambitions of the applicant, and should reflect a relation to the TROPICO project. Ideally, it contains a progress plan for the different parts of the research work, as well as a publication plan.


We can offer:

  • Salary at pay grade 59-61 (code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to NOK 515 200 – 534 100,- per year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • A good and professional working environment.

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

  • Good welfare benefits.

  • Participation in a leading international research community. 

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


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 these must be the main advisor from your PhD-thesis (the PhD programme).

  • CV.

  • Transcripts and diplomas or an official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.

  • Relevant certificates/references

  • List of academic/scholarly publications.

  • Copies of your publications (up to 5). It is important that each of the scholarly works on which the committee should place special emphasis, is attached in its entirety. 

The application, certified translations of education and diplomas into English or a Scandinavian language, and copies of up to 5 publications must be uploaded to Jobbnorge following the link on this page.

The application has to be marked with: 18/7543 


Closing date: 15. September 2018


Applications with attachments must be sent electronically via the web portal Click on the button marked “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.


General information:

Additional information about the position can be obtained by contacting: TROPICO Coordinator Associate Professor Lise H. Rykkja, e-mail phone +47 55589775.


Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to advisor Beathe Moldestad,, phone +47 55 58 90 56.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.


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. Candidates with immigrant backgrounds and candidates 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 15, 2018
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