NTNU, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (KULT), is announcing a 3-year vacancy (www.ntnu.no/kult) as a post doc in science and technology studies (STS) working on energy transitions and transition management of ports. The post doc will be part of the Centre for technology and society (STS) and the research group on energy, climate and environment.

The post doc is 100% funded by the research project ACES, which seeks to facilitate and accelerate sector-wide energy and sustainability transitions in Norwegian ports. The ACES project is funded by the research council of Norway and involves transitions oriented scholars with different disciplinary backgrounds from SINTEF Community (project lead), SINTEF Digital, DRIFT (Netherlands) and NTNU, and many partners from industry and the public sector.

The project seeks to strengthen energy and sustainability transitions and the capability of ports to engage in such transitions through co-creation of transition agendas, visions and role development. The project is interested in exploring how sector-wide energy and sustainability transitions in Norwegian ports can be accelerated, and further, to understand national level transition work to advance the transition of ports.

The post doc will participate in three case studies in Norwegian ports, and be a key member of a team conducting transition management workshops in these ports. The work includes studying practice fields and sectors relevant to the ports, establishing case-specific transition management plans, and conducting and studying transition management processes. The post doc will also be included in the process of establishing a national transition arena for ports, which engages visionary and sustainability-oriented port actors and the key stakeholders from relevant sectors.

The post doc should have a background in Science and Technology Studies and/or socio-technical sustainability transition studies. A track-record of conducting work on energy related issues will be an advantage. Applications with relevant background from related social science/humanities fields such as geography, sociology, political science, or anthropology will also be considered. The candidate should have a strong record of conducting qualitative work involving methods such as interviews and document analysis. Fluency in a Scandinavian language will be a requirement.

Main duties and responsibilities

 The successful applicant must

  • Conduct systematic empirical data collection as described above
  • Be able to analyze such data through theories and concepts from science and technology studies or related SSH theories, e.g. from within the sustainability transitions literature.
  • Produce and publish research articles based on such methods and analyses
  • Collaborate closely with researchers working in the project and contribute to potential joint publications.   
  • Present and disseminate work at relevant national and international venues
  • Be an active participant in the day-to-day activities at KULT, the Centre for technology and society (STS) and in relevant initiatives at the department

Qualification requirements

Applicants must

  • hold a PhD in Science and technology studies (STS), or a PhD in another relevant social scientific or humanities discipline. Examples include sociology, anthropology, innovation studies, political science or human geography.
  • demonstrate relevant research experiences, either within social scientific and humanities studies of energy or through past analyses of the role of technology in society
  • be highly motivated to conduct cutting edge research through an intense and collaborative three-year project, have the ability to cooperate, have good communication skills, be flexible and solution-oriented
  • have a personal suitability to action-oriented research and an interest in, and experience in qualitative research methods
  • be able to conduct workshops and collaborate actively with scholars from diverse disciplines as well as stakeholders from industry and the public sector
  • have excellent English skills are required (written and oral).
  • Fluency in a Scandinavian language will be required.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 545 300 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 3 years.

The appointed candidate is required to have Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU as a daily working place.

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. 

About the application 

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 should contain:

  • CV
  • A two-page statement describing how your scholarly profile fits with the work of the project (max 2 pages)
  • For applicants that do not have a Scandinavian language as their mother tongue, we require a half page written text to document language skills
  • 3 references
  • A list of publications
  • Relevant documentation and transcripts

The application with attachments must be sent electronically via Jobbnorge. For relevant applicants we will gather references and conduct interviews. The interview will be conducted in Norwegian.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant’s contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

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): http://www.chsi.com.cn/en/).

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. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts.Women are encouraged to apply

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. 

More information can be obtained by contacting prof. Marianne Ryghaug, email: marianne.ryghaug@ntnu.no or Tomas Moe Skjølsvold, email: tomas.skjolsvold@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. 

Application deadline: 01.11.2021


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