PhD candidate at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

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Deadline: 19 Jan 2024

PhD candidate at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
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PhD candidate at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

The Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET), University of Bergen (UiB), is recruiting a PhD fellow for a period of three years. CET is an interdisciplinary research centre that aims at producing actionable knowledge about how to achieve deep, rapid and sustainable transformation of society to meet the climate challenge. CET is based at the UiB Faculty of Social Sciences and works closely with scientists from a variety of disciplines.

About the project/work tasks:

The position is thematically open within CET’s research areas. CET conducts research on how climate change and transformation are experienced and acted upon by individuals, communities, policymakers and organisations. More information about CET’s research focus can be found on CET website , and particularly in the CET Strategy 2023-2026.

The PhD fellow is expected to develop a research project fulfilling the requirements of a PhD in collaboration with supervisors in the early phase of the fellowship. At the application stage, candidates are expected to submit an extended letter of motivation, which describes how their competence, research interest for the PhD project, and how these contribute to CET’s research profile. The candidate will be assigned a supervisor after the hiring is complete.

The PhD fellow will have her/his/their workplace at CET and is expected to contribute to making CET a dynamic and productive academic environment.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in social science. The degree must be completed by the application deadline.
  • The requirements are generally a grade B or better on the Master thesis and for the master's degree in total
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills
  • The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambition and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the department for an interview.

About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions):

The duration of the PhD position is 3 years, and consists of 100 percent of research. There may be opportunities for teaching or other academic duty work, but this is agreed upon at a later stage.

About the PhD training:

As a PhD research fellow, you will take part in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UiB. The programme corresponds to a period of three years and leads to the PhD degree. To be eligible for admission you must normally have an educational background corresponding to a master’s degree with a scope of 120 ECTS credits, which builds on a bachelor’s degree with a scope of 180 ECTS credits (normally 2 + 3 years), or an integrated master’s degree with a scope of 300 ECTS credits (5 years). Master’s degrees must normally include an independent work of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits. It is expected that the topic of the master’s degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.

We can offer:
  • Salary as PhD (code 1017) NOK 532 200,-  per year (pay grade 54 according to the state salary scale). Automatic salary increases for up to 4 years with a 3% annual increase
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:
  • An extended letter of motivation (4-6 pages), as described above.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV, including list of publications (if relevant)
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • If you have a master's degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries, or a 2-year discipline- based master's degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.

General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting CET Director, Professor Håvard Haarstad, at [email protected].

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Adviser – HR, Bodil Hægland, [email protected]

Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Questions about the programme may be directed to Senior Adviser:  [email protected].

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women and minorities to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here .

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About UiB

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are seven departments at Faculty of Social Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments . 

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19th January 2024


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