Postdoctoral fellowship(s) at the Centre for Development and the Environment 68 views

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1-2 four-year position(s) for Postdoctoral fellow(s) (SKO 1352) with background in the social sciences, humanities or natural sciences is available at The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM). The main objective of appointment to the position is to qualify researchers for a career in top academic positions within their respective area of study. The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to four years (25 % of which is devoted to required duties).

SUM’s research is currently focused on the following thematic areas: Sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda, Global health politics, Rural transformations, Consumption and energy, Culture and ethics, Food and Governance. Research at SUM is organised in eight active research groups. See our website for details.

The Postdoctoral fellow(s) will be expected to particitpate actively in one or more of SUM’s thematic research groups.

The successful applicants will join a vibrant research environment. SUM is an international research institution with a well-established track record of undertaking critical, independent and high quality interdisciplinary and policy-related research on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development.

Postdoctoral fellows who are appointed for a period of four years are expected to acquire basic pedagogical competency in the course of their fellowship period within the duty component of 25 %.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


We are looking for a highly motivated and structured Postdoctoral fellow(s) with excellent research qualifications that can complement SUM’s current research disciplines. SUM places high priority on individuals who can work well in a team and in a student friendly environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and interpersonal skills. A good command of both oral and written English is essential.

Candidates must also:

  • Be able to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Be able to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Be able to effectively interact with students and faculty
  • Be able to enrich the intellectual community of SUM through research and teaching activities
  • Have a strong research agenda indicating the ability to publish in high quality journals

Priority will be given to candidates with experience in the broad field of sustainable development. The candidate(s) is expected to prepare a project proposal aligned with one or more of SUM’s research groups.

Qualification requirements

  • The applicants must hold a PhD degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree) relevant to SUM’s interdisciplinary research groups. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved
  • The candidate must have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of Norwegian, Swedish or Danish is an advantage
  • Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for Postdoctoral fellows

In the assessment of the applications, emphasis will be put on:

  • The quality and relevance of the project description
  • The applicants’ publications, academic and personal qualifications
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the post
  • Experience with research collaboration

We offer

  • Salary NOK 524 200 – 565 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating and friendly working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Letter of application (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Certified copies of diplomas and testimonials
  • A complete list of academic publications
  • Project description, including progress plan and budget (max. 10 pages)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents must be in English.

The applicant’s academic works are not to be submitted with the application. All applications will be reviewed by an assessment committee. The most promising applicants will subsequently be asked to submit selected academic works (maximum 5) that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process, as well as documentation of other relevant qualifications.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description, and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

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

No one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow 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 intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

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

Contact information

Centre Director: Sidsel Roalkvam, e-mail:, phone: +4722858796

For questions about the recruitment system or other administrative queries, please contact HR officer Gudrun Cecilie E. Helland. E-mail:, phone: +4722858730

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