A 100 % position as PhD Research Fellow in Political Science is available at the Department of Political Science and Management, Faculty of Social Science, University of Agder (UiA) for a period of three years, possibly four years with 25% required work duties. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand.The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

We have a vacant PhD Research Fellow position in Political Science, in the field of Public Policy and Administration. The position is funded by the University and the research fellow will be affiliated with the research group Governance and leadership in the public sector (GOLEP). The research fellow’s project must coincide with GOLEPS’ research area, i.e studies of public organisations and public policy, preferably with an organizational theoretical perspective.

For more information about the department and individual GOLEP members’ research interest and ongoing projects, we encourage you to consult GOLEP’s website.

Required qualifications

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 aplicants must must qualify for admission to the faculty’s PhD program at the Faculty of Social Sciences, within the specialisation political science/ public policy and administration, and hold a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area, with an average grade level of B or better. Applicants who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply.

More information can be found here: https://www.uia.no/forskning/forskerutdanning-ved-uia/forskrifter-om-doktorgradene-ved-uia

Applicants must attach a project proposal within the framework of the GOLEP research area, as mentioned above. The project proposal must be maximum 10 pages, including a reference list. The project proposal must contain a preliminary presentation of the research problem, theoretical concepts, methodological approaches and the planned progression of the doctoral project. The quality of the project proposal will be given considerable weight in the assessment of the application.

Relevant candidates may be invited to submit a revised sketch after initial assessment.

Good command of English, both written and oral, is required.

Desired qualifications

The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian and

knowledge of the Norwegian, or a Scandinavian language, is an advantage

Personal qualities

  • ability to work concentrated, independently and goal orientated
  • good teamwork skills

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasise

We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 491 200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

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

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


The application and any necessary information on education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for this job”.

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • Master’s thesis
  • References
  • Academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these
  • Project description with a maximum scope of 10 pages, including reference list.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 15.08.2022


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University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 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.

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