A 100% position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Social Science as a PhD Research Fellow affiliated to the Department of political science and management, for a period of three years, possibly to be extended to a fourth year with work duties. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

The Department has 15 permanent staff members; it is in charge of BA- studies, MA-studies, as well as a PhD-program in political science/public administration. The department is also active in the university’s executive-level MA program.

More information about the department can be found here. 

Department of Political Science and Management – Universitetet i Agder (uia.no)


The candidate will be affiliated with the Research group Governance and Leadership in the Public Sector, GOLEP.

The group’s activities focus on research on public institutions at all administrative levels (i.e., local, regional, state, and transnational) as well as their interaction with non-public institutions and civil society. The research group has a comparative perspective on several policy areas, such as Nordic and international health services and higher education. The candidate’s project should be of relevance for the research group

Required qualifications

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

The candidate must have completed their master’s degree within political science (public administration), with an average of grade B or above (including master thesis). For more information, see: Regulations relating to the degree of philosophiae doctor (PhD) in artistic development work at the University of Agder Regulations related to PhD. – Universitetet i Agder (uia.no)

Good command of English, both written and oral, is required.

Personal qualities

Our PhD research fellows are expected to work goal-oriented, focused and independently. Skills such as personal suitability, motivation, and willingness to work in a team will be emphasized.

We offer

Our PhD research fellows are expected to work goal-oriented, focused and independently. Skills such as personal suitability, motivation, and willingness to work in a team will be emphasized.

We offer:

  • professional development in a large, exciting, and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive, and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 532 200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for this job”

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • Master’s thesis
  • Other academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these (if available)
  • References
  • Project description with a maximum scope of 10 pages, including references.

The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theoretical perspectives, and a progress plan. An essential part of the assessment of applicants is the quality of the project description.

The university is committed to ensuring good guidance and supervision for successful applicants. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 03.12.2023


For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

  • Kari Nordstoga Hanssen, Senior advisor. + 47 38 14 16 30, mobile +47 41 63 72 64, e-mail: kari.n.hanssen@uia.no

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

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