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PhD Fellowship in “Citizens Participation in Resource Governance and Sustainable Transition”

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    GeographyHuman geography
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    09/08/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim


About the position

The fellowship is a part of the NORHED II project ‘Citizens' Participation in Resource Governance and Sustainable Transitions in Indonesia’ which aims to strengthen partnership between institutions of higher education in Indonesia and Norway, with an interest in natural resource governance and the transition to more sustainable societies. In addition to develop own research, the candidate should contribute to implementation and development of this project.

Thematically, the PhD fellowship concern how an increasing geographical distance between the locations where production and final consumption takes place, have led to the configuration of transnational and complex regimes of multi-level (global) governance and policies which seek solutions to environmental and social externalities along products’ value chain. Accordingly, there is an urgent need to carefully research the nature of these policies’ local impacts and how mobilized policies are absorbed, translated, and contested when they move across space.

Against this background, we are looking for a PhD candidate who will develop a project which addresses how public, private, and civilian sector actors in Indonesia face challenges related to citizens' participation in resource governance and sustainable transitions, and how these challenges relate to Norwegian as well as European global policies for sustainable development.

The position is connected to the PhD-program in Social sciences, specializing in geography, and the faculty will be the employer. At the Department of Geography, the position will be a member of the Politics-Economy-Space research group.


The PhD-student will report to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct high quality research within the framework described above
  • Spending substantial time in the field in Indonesia
  • Be a part of the Politics-Economy-Space research group at the Department of Geography
  • Publish articles in high quality journals    
  • Contribute to the implementation and administration of the NORHED II project Citizens Participation in Resource Governance and Sustainable Transition.
  • Contribute with lectures and seminars at the Department of Geography that are relevant for the thematic focus of the fellowship  

Required selection criteria

  • The qualification requirement is a completed master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in human geography or equivalent education. Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Meet the requirements for admission to the doctoral program at the Faculty of Social and Educational sciences, NTNU
  • Knowledge of qualitative methodology and demonstrated experience in using qualitative methods
  • Good written and oral English skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience from fieldwork and knowledge about resource governance in Indonesia is preferred.
  • Skills in Bahasa Indonesia/Indonesian language is an advantage
  • Publication(s) in good quality academic outlets is an advantage

Personal characteristics

  • Being an initiator and able to work systematically and independently 
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to contribute towards a good working environment
  • Enthusiasm for field work

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years (including 25 % work duties related to the project Citizens Participation in Resource Governance and Sustainable Transition, and teaching and seminar activities at the Department of Geography).

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Social Science with a specialization in Gepography within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in Norwegian/Scandinavian or English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • Cover letter detailing how this position would match the interests, experience, and career plan of the applicant.
  • CV, certificates, and diplomas
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before starting the position.
  • Project proposal and project plan (max 7 pages)
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 3 works)
  • Name and contact information of three referees

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Ståle Angen Rye, email stale.angen.rye@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Renate Lillian Johansen, e-mail: renate.johansen@ntnu.no

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-618 when applying.

Application deadline: 09.08.2021


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