Postdoctoral Fellow at The Department of Historical and Classical Studies (IHK)

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Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Jan 2023

23rd January 2023

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Postdoctoral Fellow at The Department of Historical and Classical Studies (IHK)
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About the position

The Department of Historical and Classical Studies (IHK) at NTNU is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in European Studies/Political Science associated with a new Horizon Europe research project, entitled “REDEMOS – Reconfiguring EU Democracy Support? Towards a sustained demos in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood”, commencing as soon as possible.

The position is for a period of two years or up to three years if teaching obligations are included in the position.

REDEMOS explores the legacy and potential of EU democracy promotion efforts in its eastern neighbourhood, analysing both EU actions and eastern neighbours’ responses, balancing the impact of funding reforms and civil society support against a decade of static and regressive outcomes. The project seeks to demonstrate how revived approaches to understanding democratic norms and values and reinforced implementation of procedures and practices can fully transform outcomes from passive democracy promotion to active democracy collaboration. REDEMOS focuses on the overarching need to reconstitute a workable demos within EU eastern partners in light of significant political challenges, including outright opposition to democratization practices from within and beyond the EU’s eastern neighbourhood. The goal of the project is to suggest and create ways in which the European Union can support the promotion of democracy in its eastern neighbourhood in a tangible and effective way.

The postdoctoral fellow will be provided with a unique opportunity to work in a research project that brings together scholars, policy makers, civil society actors, and citizens from within the EU and its Member States and Eastern Europe.

As a postdoc you will work closely with the consortium leader, Dr Madalina Dobrescu, deputy coordinator, Prof Tobias Schumacher, the project team at NTNU, and the project’s international consortium. The postdoctoral fellow will conduct research related to the EU’s democracy promotion efforts, including democracy funding, in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood (comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus).  

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position
  • Contribute proactively to the successful implementation of project tasks and deliverables.
  • Conduct both collaborative and independent research on EU democracy promotion efforts, including democracy funding, in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood, leading to high-quality publications.
  • Participate in activities and events organized in the framework of the project.
  • Contribute to administration and teaching activities where required.

Required selection criteria
  • A Norwegian doctoral degree or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in European Studies, Political Science or potentially International Relations. Candidates who are in the final stages of their PhD project will be assessed, but need to provide documentation of completed PhD degree before starting the position.
  • A demonstrable research interest in one or more of the following areas: EU foreign policy, EU and/or international democracy promotion, democratization and transition studies, East European politics.
  • Fluency in English, both written and oral.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant, and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria
  • A promising track record of academic publications.
  • Knowledge of languages pertinent to the target countries covered by the project will be considered an asset.

Personal characteristics
  • Independence and initiative
  • Cooperative skills
  • High level of personal responsibility.
  • Willingness and ability to contribute to a good work environment

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 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 two years, with the option for up to three years with teaching obligations. 

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.  

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis. 

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must accompany the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information in the application package 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.  

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include: 

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Complete list of publications
  • A comprehensive overview of all academic work.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items). If any of the submitted publications are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement.
  • Name and email address of two referees.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, publications, 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.  

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 it 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. 

Under the freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants. 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr Madalina Dobrescu, email: . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Elisabeth Leite, email: .

Please submit your application electronically via 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 an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 238148 when applying.  

Application deadline: 23.01.2023

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