PhD Fellow in Mobilities and security in a changing Arctic

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Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Feb 2023

Stig Brøndbo
19th February 2023

  • Norsk Bokmål
  • English


Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

PhD Fellow in Mobilities and security in a changing Arctic
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Eallju – Developing the High North

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus comprehensive university at the international forefront. Our vision is to be a driving force for developing the High North. The Northern Sami notion eallju, which means eagerness to work, sets the tone for this motive power at UiT. Along with students, staff and the wider community, we aim to utilise our location in Northern Norway and Sápmi, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio and interdisciplinary advantage to shape the future.

UiT has approximately 18,000 students, more than 4,000 employees, and is established on four main campuses and seven other study sites in northern Norway and on Svalbard. Our largest campuses are Tromsø, Alta, Narvik and Harstad.

The place of work is Tromsø, a city in growth and constant change, with a varied and innovative business life, diverse cultural life, surrounded by wild and beautiful nature. There is something for everyone, whether you prefer to walk or cycle to work through Tromsømarka, want to enjoy the close by nature or prefer mountain hiking.

The position

Would you like to be a part of establishing Tromsø as the gateway to the Arctic? Do you want to contribute to a sustainable life in the northern part of the world?

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in mobility and security in a changing Arctic at the School of Business and Economics (HHT), Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE).

You will be part of a good and inclusive professional environment. The School of Business and Economics has good and solid partners in the working and business world good relations with clusters and networks.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

The position’s field of research

Arctic is changing in multiple dimensions. Physical and environmental changes in the Arctic are coupled with social and cultural changes. Understanding the changes in the Arctic is essential for a sustainable life on this northern part of the world.

The changes occurring in various spheres (e.g., Earth, air and ocean environments), industry sectors, and societies within and beyond the Arctic have been the focus of research endeavours in both social and natural sciences.

Concurrently, the growing research attention highlights an urgent need for more comprehensive multi-disciplinary approaches.

This PhD project will contribute towards the multi-disciplinary research on the changing Arctic. The contribution is planned by investigating the changing Arctic and its related interactions with mobilities. Mobilities, in this sense, can be broadly approached where resources, goods, services, people, knowledge/ epistemic grounds, for example, are transiting, leaving, and arriving constantly. Mobilities in the Arctic is a relatively new topic for researchers, albeit its activities have been long in practice.

It is expected that a sufficiently refined focus will be attained within a short period of the PhD research commencement.

Focused attention may be given in the area including (but not limited to):

  • Mobilities and secure business environments
  • Mobilities and securing human capital
  • Mobilities and national security 
  • Mobilities in international relations
  • Mobilities and food security
  • Mobilities and existential security


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Young-Sook Lee:

  • phone: +47 78 45 01 64
  • email:

Marius Fiskum

This position requires a master’s degree or equivalent in a social or natural sciences discipline. As a multidisciplinary doctoral project, a
candidate with a good disciplinary background that can be demonstrated will be given a consideration.

The research will be rooted in an Arctic/Scandinavian context, but with an international focus for communication and with teaching duties included in the position. Applicants must therefore have documented good knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language as well as English. Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma.

The applicants must present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project. This can be delivered in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language or English. The project description shall not exceed 5 pages, literature references included. It must include a description of the theme, research question(s) and a reasoning of the choices. The final project description will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor. It is important that the applicant has a suitable background and is motivated to work on the project.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. The project description will also be considered. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

We will also emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. We are looking for candidates who:

  • have a keen interest in multidisciplinary research on mobilities and security in the Arctic
  • have a good level of research and analytical skills and mindset to undertake a PhD
  • have a demonstratively competent knowledge and outcome in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, or at least in one methodology
  • have a strong motivation for dissemination and publication of research findings
  • have good collaboration skills and be able to work independently in a structured manner
  • have good communication and interaction with colleagues and students

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent
competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

Admission to the PhD programme

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics  and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period. Admission normally requires:

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS.
  • A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.

Grade requirements applies both to the master thesis as well as courses part of the master’s degree. The minimum requirements are grade C or better on the master’s degree, and grade C or better on courses that are part of the master’s degree. A grade lower than C in one course may be compensated by a higher grade than C in another course. If the applicant has two subjects with the grade D or lower, the applicant is not qualified for admission. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here .

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT . Depending on which country the education is from, one or two additional years of university education may be required to fulfil admission requirements, e.g. a 4-year bachelor's degree and a 2-year master's degree.

If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than six weeks after taking up the position.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

Edvard Kristiansen
We offer
  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Good career opportunities
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here:


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV 
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Documentation of proficiency in Norwegian (or a Scandinavian language)
  • 2-3 references with contact information
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works (published and unpublished)
  • Project description (5 pages)

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s
degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating
when the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for
applicants .

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017.  A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

UiT – Developing the High North 

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.
Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners. 
The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics.

The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

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19th February 2023


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