We offer a 3-year postdoctoral positon in innovation studies. The position is partly funded by the OFFLEX project, and the goal of the project is to develop further knowledge on electrification in oil and gas development projects, and particularly to investigate demonstration projects connected to deployment of offshore wind technology. These questions should be investigated from a social science perspective, and relevant approaches include for instance technological innovation systems (TIS), studies of diffusion of technology or socio-technical systems analysis.

More about the position

The post doc will work in an interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with Sintef Energy, and draw upon relevant empirical material and case studies, such as Hywind Tampen. 

The post doc candidate is expected to develop a research plan, including a description of relevant concepts, perspectives and methods that can be used to perform the case study. 

It is expected that the applicants have reviewed the project description of OFFLEX (see contact persons below), and can describe how their research will contribute to the goals set for the project.

1 year of the position is dedicated to teaching and supervision duties in TIK’s master programmes in science and innovation studies. Candidates who have some previous experience in teaching and supervision, should mention this in their application letter.

Qualification requirements

The candidates will have to fulfill the following criteria:

  • A PhD degree in a social science discipline, with relevance for the area of innovation studies (innovation studies, sustainability transitions studies, management studies, economics, etc.)
  • Only candidates that have submitted their PhD before the closing date for this position can apply. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved
  • Demonstrated experience with relevant theories and methods for studies of innovation and/or sustainability transitions
  • Experience in teaching and supervision at bachelor and/or master level will be positive
  • Interest and experience in inter-disciplinary research will be positive
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is an advantage and high-level proficiency in written and spoken English is required
  • The ability to perform high impact academic work, demonstrated by previous publications in relevant journals, will be positive

In assessing applicants, we will emphasize each candidates’ academic background and potential, as well as motivation and match with the project.

Being employed by the TIK Centre, the candidate is expected to take active part in centre activities like seminars and workshops. Residence in or close to Oslo is thus expected. Travelling for project meetings, workshops, data collection and more must be expected.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 526 000 – 608 200 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating 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
  • The University of Oslo offers a mentoring programme for female post doctors

How to apply

The application must include, preferably in PDF-format:

  • An application letter
  • A short description that explains how the applicant would mobilize theoretical perspectives and empirical strategies to carry out the work. The text should link to the OFFLEX-project, and explain how this position will contribute to it (maximum 5 pages)
  • A detailed academic CV listing education, prior employment, academic experience, other relevant experiences and qualifications, and a detailed list of publications
  • Up to three publications that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Jobbnorge, please follow the link “apply for this job”.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Formal regulations

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

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this. 

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

Professor Taran Thune

Head of Administration Inger-Johanne Ullern

About the University of Oslo 

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS – Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science.

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