Universitetet i Bergen

Institutt for administrasjon og organisasjonsvitenskap

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Researcher at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism

Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism at the Department of Administration and Organisation Theory has a vacancy for a temporary position as a Researcher (100%) for a period of 12 months, with the possibility of prolongation.


The position is funded by ERC Consolidator Grant with Professor Marit Skivenes as project leader. The title of the project is “Discretion and the child ́s best interests in child protection”. For more information: http://www.uib.no/discretion


About the project/work tasks


The research fellow will work as part of the DISCRETION project: a large five-year research project, funded by the ERC Grant, and will be based at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism at the University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Marit Skivenes is the principal investigator for this project.


The main objectives for the Discretion project are to reveal the mechanisms for exercising discretion, and improve the understanding of the principle of the child ́s best interests. These objectives will be reached by systematically examining the role of institutional, organisational 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. DISCRETION employs an innovative methodological approach, 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 research that will result in a high quality research, as well as partaking 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 organisation 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 political science or in the social sciences (when clearly related to the project topic). 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 quantitative methods


  • 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

  • Preferable with fluency in written and spoken Spanish and/ or German


    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.


    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 across the world. The PI professor Skivenes has just recently also been awarded a Norwegian Research Council grant. 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 the Center for excellence, FAIR, at the Norwegian Business School as well as with the research group Law, Democracy and Welfare at Western Norway University of Applied Science.

About the research position


The duration of the research position is 12 months with a possibility for prolongation.


We can offer:


  • Salary at pay grade 57 - 65 (code 1109) on the government salary scale upon appointment (equivalent to NOK 486.10 - 567.100 per year) in a full position. 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


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


    Your application must include:

  • Cover-letter
  • 2-page 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 to be considered in the next step of the assessment.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded electronically at the recruitment portal www.Jobbnorge.no. The application must include all information to be taken into consideration in the assessment of the academic qualifications.


Based on this information, the expert committee will perform a first review of the applicants. Subsequently, the faculty will invite the best-qualified applicants to submit scholarly works.

Based on the expert committee’s report on the scholarly works, shortlisted candidates will then be invited to Bergen for an interview and may be asked to hold a trial teaching session or a trial lecture on a given topic.



The application has to be marked: 17/8324


Closing date: October 1, 2017


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: marit.skivenes@uib.no, phone: +47 95924979.


Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Senior Executive Officer Anita Helen Spurkeland, phone +47 55 58 90 58, e-mail: anita.spurkeland@uib.no.


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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    1. oktober 2017
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