PhD research fellows in Sociology - 4 positions

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    Nord University
    SociologySocial shaping of technology
    SociologySociology of enterprise
    SociologySociology of labour
    SociologySociology of religion
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    25/10/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Bodø/Levanger


Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 11,000 students and 1,300 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV) educates social scientists and professionals who meet society’s need for innovation in welfare, development and communication. The Faculty offers a PhD in Sociology. The Faculty of Social Sciences has 1,800 students and 100 employees. The professional community is organised into the following divisions: Welfare and Social Relations; History, Culture and Media; Management and Innovation; and Environment, International Relations, the Arctic and Security (MINS). 

Read more: www.nord.no/fsv

About the positions

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Nord University has vacancies for four temporary full-time positions as PhD research fellows in Sociology. Successful candidates will need to be admitted to the Faculty’s PhD in Sociology. The positions are affiliated with the research group History, Culture and Media.

For all positions, the period of employment is three years, with no required duties.

The offices for these positions may be located in Bodø or Levanger. Compulsory residence is required for these positions.


We invite applicants to write project outlines that address one of the following four topics:

  • Controversial practice in digital media culture

The digital media, including social media, games, image tables and discussion networks, are the most important new arenas for debate and cultural development. This project proposal focuses on transgressive and controversial practices (such as conspiracy theories, astroturfing, fake news or discrimination) in digital network media, studied using qualitative methods such as ethnography, netnography action research or network analysis.

  • How gaming companies handle “toxic behaviour”

Several major gaming companies have begun to work actively to prevent negative communication and harassment in games. Such communication is called "toxic behaviour", and over 200 gaming companies have now joined forces with The Fair Play Alliance, which works to build up healthy communication and interaction methods among its online players. We hereby invite you to a project proposal focusing on the development and/or implementation of these measures in practice. Qualitative methods are recommended, such as ethnography or netnography.

  • Marginal narratives: Representations of Sami lives

The power of writing history, the power of the news media and the power of popular culture can be linked to who influences the formation of public opinion and real images, as producers or as sources, and what becomes visible/not visible in the public domain. We want proposals for projects that can gather new knowledge about how southern, Ume, Pite and Lule Sami societal conditions and ways of life appear in academic texts, in public and in media content of various kinds. This will be a rich opportunity for interested applicants to refine the project according to their own area of interest, for example academic literature in history or other social sciences, journalism or TV series, film, music, games or other mediated cultural expressions.

  • Sociological theories and methods in research into ancient history

Ancient history was an important part of the academic foundation of early social scientists such as Karl Marx and Max Weber, and social science theory and methodology are important tools for historians working with premodern history. We hereby invite you to projects that can investigate and clarify how sociological theories and methods influence the understanding of ancient history. The project can be carried out as a real-history or historiographic course of study. A real-history study could use explicit sociological theories and/or methods to study a specific topic from ancient history. A historiographic study can analyse how the use of sociological theories and/or methods have changed historians' understanding of specific topics from ancient history.

Qualification requirements

For admission to the PhD programme in sociology, a master's degree in sociology or other relevant social science master's degree is required. Applicants must be able to document broad knowledge of social science theory, methodology and analysis. Your master's degree should normally have an average grade equivalent to B or better. Applicants outside the EU/EEA must submit NOKUT approval of their master's degree.

Applicants must provide documentary evidence to show that all the admission requirements for a PhD in Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences have been met. Please refer to Nord University’s admission requirements on our website: www.nord.no/en/studies/phd-in-sociology

  • A description of your PhD project should be included as an attachment (see below). The final project description need to be approved and regulated by agreement no later than 3 months after commencement in the position.
  • A good command of written and oral English is required for this position.
  • It is an advantage if applicants are proficient in written and oral Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Emphasis will be placed on the following when assessing and ranking qualified applicants

  • Project description containing a description of the project concept and implementation plans
  • Relevant experience of research work will be an advantage
  • Personal aptitude
  • The applicant’s motive(s) for applying for the position

We offer

The salary for these positions is governed by the Norwegian government wage scale, fellowship code 1017, salary code 20, step 54, NOK 482,200. A statutory salary deduction is paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • Good loan, insurance, and pension plan in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A continually evolving workplace
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active Enterprise Sports Team

General Information

The successful applicant must abide by the relevant laws, agreements and instructions that apply for the position. We reserve the right to make changes to any responsibilities and fields of work that might result from future organisational development and reorganisation work at Nord University.

The government labour force shall reflect the diversity of the population whenever possible. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CVs, immigrant backgrounds or alternative educational, work and life experiences to apply. The university has a moderate gender quota policy in accordance with the local adjustment agreement which falls under the Basic Agreement for the Norwegian Civil Service.

Any information about impaired functional abilities or gaps in CVs may be used for anonymised registration purposes.


For further information about these positions, please contact the following:

  • For questions about the course of study: Adviser Mathilde Dagsvik Ottesen, phone +47 755 17 949, e-mail mathilde.d.ottesen@nord.no
  • Program coordinator for PhD Sociology, Professor Berit Skorstad, phone +47 755 17 304, e-mail berit.skorstad@nord.no
  • Research group leader History, Culture and Media, Per Bjarne Ravnå, phone +47 755 17 128, e-mail per-bjarne.ravna@nord.no

Application process

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Prospective candidates will be asked to attend an interview.

Please note that the faculty reserves the right to refrain from employing applicants who are scientifically qualified, but to whom the faculty cannot provide satisfactory guidance.


Applications must be submitted online by 25 October 2021.

Online applications shall include:

  • An application letter containing a description of your motives for applying for the position.
  • A full CV (education, work and teaching experience, and details about any scientific publications)
  • Certified copies of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificates and any other relevant certificates.
  • A project description of 5-10 pages, outlining your ideal for the PhD project, theoretical ranking, methodical approach and progress plan.
  • Contact details for 2-3 references (name, your relationship to the person, their email address and phone number).
  • Other activities deemed to be relevant to the position and that you want to be taken into consideration.
  • Applicants with Master’s degrees from non-EU/EEA countries must attach NOKUT approval.

All documentation must be uploaded as attachments to the online application.

Applicants are responsible for submitting complete documentation electronically by the application deadline.

Following expiry of the application deadline, a public list of applicants will be prepared. Please note that information about the applicant may be published even after the applicant has expressed a desire to be omitted from the list of applicants. Applicants who nevertheless request confidential processing must justify this specifically in their application. In such cases, applicants will be notified prior to publication.

Ref. no. 30072606

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