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Call for postdoc applicants interested in a MSCA individual fellowship in International Relations, Political Science

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    UiT The Arctic University of Norway
    Political sciences
    Established Researcher (R3)
    02/02/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Tromsø

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has established «The Arctic MSCA-IF program» to select excellent young researchers planning to submit applications for a Marie Skƚodowska Curie individual fellowship (MSCA-IF) in order to pursue a research career (uit.no/afu/arcticmsca). We invite applications from promising young researchers within the field of International Relations and Political Science. The selected candidate will write a proposal for a 24-month MSCA-IF at UiT together with Prof. Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen. This is an opportunity to accelerate your research career while living in the urban research city of Tromsø, uniquely located at the top of the world surrounded by some of Europe’s last pristine wild nature.

This call is one of 31 from pre-selected supervisors at UiT The Arctic University of Norway through the “Arctic MSCA-IF program” (uit.no/afu/arcticmsca/supervisors). Successful postdoc candidates will be invited to Tromsø (travel and accommodation expenses covered) for a two-day MSCA-IF symposium on May 30-31, 2018. At this event, the candidates will present their past research achievements, discuss future plans with their potential supervisor and learn how to write a successful MSCA-IF application. Together with the supervisor, the selected candidates will start developing their MSCA-IF application towards the MSCA-IF deadline of September 12th 2018.

In this call we search for talented, young researchers within the field of International Relations and Political Science as presented by Prof. Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen (two projects):

Science Diplomacy: Theory and Strategy

Two sub-projects:

Norwegian Arctic science diplomacy for security and political risk management: the case of Russia or China

Norway has a long history of Arctic science diplomacy towards USSR/Russia. Norway is adapting to power transition with the rise of China, where Arctic science diplomacy is a privileged connection. The project will focus on the third dimension of science diplomacy, “science for diplomacy”, where scientific collaboration facilitates building trust (Montville 1981) and epistemic communities (Haas 1992) under strained political relations (Royal Society 2010; National Research Council 2012).

European Power with Science Diplomacy: From Theory to Strategy

Bertelsen is work package leader in the H2020 project InsSciDE: Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe. WP2 includes Dr Björn Fägersten, Swedish Institute for International Affairs, Dr. Léonard Laborie, Sirice-CNRS, and Dr. Maria Rentetzi at National Technical University of Athens:

Formulate ESD-THEORY, a European Science Diplomacy Theoretical Framework, placing science diplomacy within the corpus of political science and international relations, their disciplinary knowledge and theory.

Propose ESD-STRATEGY, a research-based, theoretically informed and actionable European science diplomacy strategy, explicitly addressing the challenges and goals identified in the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS), the European Commission Workplan (ECW), etc.

More info here.

Please send your CV (max 3 pages) and describe a research project that will strengthen and complementone or both of the two presented research projects (max 2 pages) to ArcticMSCA@uit.no by Feb 2rd 2018. Mark your Application "Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen".

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must be an “Experienced Researcher”; he/she shall, by the time of the deadline (Sept 12th 2018), be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. The ER can be of any nationality and shall not have spent more than 12 months in Norway in the three years immediately prior to September 12th 2018.

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Offer Requirements

    Political sciences: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
N-9037 Tromsø, Norway

EURAXESS offer ID: 266397


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