The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

PhD Research Fellow positions in social sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, invites applications for 2 - 6 full-time PhD Research Fellow positions for a period of three years, alternatively four years with 25% of the time assigned to tasks at the Faculty’s discretion.


The Faculty consists of four departments:Dept. of Political Science and Management, Dept. of Global Development and Planning, Dept. of Information Systems and Dept. of Sociology and Social Work. There are approximately 110 Faculty and staff members and 1700 students at the Faculty.


Description of the positions

We welcome applications that address any research area within the social sciences, as long as they fit the research represented at the Faculty. Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Faculty’s research groups and the research interests of Faculty staff


Applicants should indicate which group or research area for which their proposal will be relevant. The project proposal will be essential to the evaluation of the application.


Qualifications and terms

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.


The applicants must qualify for admission to the PhD Program in Social Sciences and must hold a master’s degree in Social Sciences or Humanities with an average grade of B or better. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s theses are also welcome to apply for this position.


Applicants must submit a project proposal with a scope as advised above. The project proposal should comprise a maximum of ten pages in length, including the reference list. The proposal must contain a preliminary presentation of the scientific approach, theoretical foundation, methodological approach and progression plan. The quality of the project proposal will have considerable weight in the evaluation of the applications.


We are looking for applicants who will be able to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner. During the assessment process, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s examination results as well as any previous research and development work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised. Fluency in written and oral English is a pre-requisite. Fluency in one of the Scandinavian languages will apply to some of the fellowships. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews.

We are committed to providing good supervision for the successful applicants.


We offer:

  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours

The position is remunerated within the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, NOK 449.400. A 2% compulsory pension contribution will be deducted and paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund according to current statutory provisions.


The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.


The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.



Applicants must submit their application online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”.

The following additional documentation must be uploaded as attachments to the online application:

  • CV
  • Certified copies of diplomas, transcripts and letters of reference*
  • Copies of scientific publications and list of scientific publications
  • Master’s thesis
  • Project proposal (10 pages)

*Original documents of the certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records or authenticated copies of the original documents with stamp, date, and readable signature from a public office (e.g. university, college, or police) must be presented before appointment.


Please note that the application must be submitted online. The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.


Closing date: 10 February 2019.

In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


For further information please contact Dean Anne Halvorsen, phone +47 38 14 16 36, e-mail or Senior Adviser Cecilie Mawdsley, phone +47 38 14 23 82, e-mail


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


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    Sunday, February 10, 2019
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    University of Agder
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