The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Faculty of Law in Oslo is the largest educational and research institution within the field of law in Norway, and educates about 75% of all new legal candidates in Norway, and is the work- and studyplace for about 270 employees and 4 300 students. We are divided into five Departments/Centres in addition to the Administration, and are situated in the classical University buildings in the centre of Oslo.

The Department of Private Law (IFP) was established in 1955 and is one of the five departments that together comprise the Faculty of Law. The department is the largest Norwegian academic milieu working directly with private law subjects.

Postdoctoral position in the project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART)

 A position as postdoctoral research fellow in the SMART Project is available at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law

 The position is available for two years to undertake research as part of the SMART project. The SMART project is funded by the EU framework programme Horizon 2020, under the call Europe as a Global Actor: Greater Policy Coherence for Development.

 The Faculty of Oslo Department of Private Law hosts the Faculty’s research group Companies, Markets and Sustainability as well as several of its research projects, including the SMART Project. The Faculty of Law in Oslo is the leading educational and research institution in law in Norway, with some 90 PhD candidates, 20 postdoctoral research fellows and 90 professors and associate professors, in addition to a well-functioning administrative support group on all organisational levels.

 The SMART Project intends to significantly advance the understanding of how policies and regulations aimed at business, investors, consumers and public procurers (‘market actors’) contribute to or undermine sustainable development goals, and thereby contribute to greater policy coherence for sustainable development. More information about the ongoing and planned work in SMART, within which the postdoctoral project will be positioned, is available on the SMART website.

 We envisage that the postdoctoral research fellow could contribute within one or a combination of these areas:

  •  A deeper understanding of the agents and processes that lead to organizational change for sustainability in business and finance.
  •  A deeper understanding of the feasibility of various regulatory approaches in light of SMART’s aim to identify reform proposals that can be conceived as possible to be enacted on the EU, national and/or international level.
  •  An assessment of existing methodologies and tools for measuring policy coherence for (sustainable) development, with the aim of contributing to the further development of such methodologies and tools, within the scope of the SMART Project. This should include an assessment of the EU’s own tool on Better Regulation for Policy Coherence for Development. See also the ‘independent and comprehensive evaluation on PCD’ that the EU has launched in February 2016, intended to be concluded by January 2018 (see roadmap).

 The purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify for higher academic positions. As the SMART project is interdisciplinary, the position is open for candidates with PhDs in all relevant disciplines including law. We will consider applications both from candidates wishing to do interdisciplinary research and those wishing to do their work within one discipline.

 In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the candidate´s assumed academic and personal ability to complete her or his part of the project within the given time frame. Candidates should have an understanding of the objectives and principles of sustainable development.

 The project language is English and candidates should have an excellent command of English, written and spoken. Publications must be written in English. A good command of a Scandinavian language, alternatively willingness to learn during the fellowship period, is an advantage for working at the Faculty in Oslo, but is not a condition for this position.

 For the successful candidate, the postdoctoral project will be shaped through discussions with the project leader and other senior scholars. The project proposal is nevertheless important in the assessment of the applications, to see which research questions the candidate selects, which methodology is chosen, and the candidate’s understanding of and knowledge within the chosen topic.

 Candidates must hold a PhD in law or other relevant area, or other education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

 Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo, personally or through electronic means.

 We offer:

  •  A salary of between NOK 486 100 to 567 100 (salary level 57 to 65)
  •  An international, inspiring and friendly working environment
  • Favourable pension arrangement
  • Position in an Inclusive Workplace
  • Attractive welfare arrangement

How to apply

 The applicants should include:

  •  A letter of application
  • Project proposal (5 to 10 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae with documentation of education, former positions, and academic work.
  • Certified copies of certificates, diplomas with all grades, and a complete list of publications. Foreign diplomas (PhD, Master, Bachelor, and the like) in other languages than English or a Scandinavian language must be provided in the original language as well as in an English or Scandinavian language translation.
  • An explanation of foreign university grading systems.
  • Up to three scholarly publications. If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship and of the contribution of the candidate should be submitted.

 Please remember that the application and the project description must be in English, and all other documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.
According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Deadline: 22.05.2017

Contact persons: For questions about the positon, please contact Professor Beate Sjåfjell or Administrative Coordinator Linda Gulli.

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