PhD Candidate, Combining Skills to Identify the Sweet Spot to Solve Marine Plastic Pollution

Updated: 10 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 Jan 2022

Research collaboration in sustainability

In 2015, the 2030 agenda with the 17 sustainability goals was adopted by all UN member states. The sustainability goals see the environment, economy and social development in context. The time horizon for necessary changes is short, and it is challenging to combine different considerations without conflicts of objectives and unintended consequences of measures. 

NTNU is now announcing 43 individual PhD positions that will contribute to a greater understanding of system effects, societal changes and conflicts of interest related to the sustainability challenges. These positions are divided into 9 interdisciplinary projects  with mainly 4-7 PhD positions in each project. 

In this position, the candidate is expected to cooperate with the other PhD students in the project Y (lenke til “mor-prosjektet”).

About the position

The position is part of the project; Combining skills to identify the "Sweet Spot" to solve marine plastic pollution in Norway  and is one of five PhD positions connected to this project. This project is a newly established, interdisciplinary initiative led by NTNU Ålesund. The objective of the project is to bring forward outstanding research to build on current activities at different departments at NTNU to investigate transformative solutions to the marine plastic problem through circular economy. The terminology “sweet spots” reflects the idea of using mutually complementing knowledge systems to build a comprehensive picture of marine plastic pollution in Norway and use this as a springboard for co-developing interventions that are eco-effective.

The PhD-position is one of five work packages. The project goal is to explore how marine plastic waste and discarded fishing gear can result in new opportunities and value creation. This PhD will explore how digitalization and new technology (e.g., blockchain) is applicable to solve challenges in the plastic value chain, and which opportunities lie in interventions based on extended producer responsibility (EPR). We are seeking candidates with a background in international business and marketing, sustainability management, logistics/supply chain management, or similar areas.
You will report to the Head of Department

Duties of the position

  • The PhD fellowship holder is expected to work on the project ‘Combining skills to identify the "Sweet Spot" to solve marine plastic pollution in Norway’. 
  • He/she is expected to complete the necessary doctoral coursework.
  • Take part in SME engagement workshops, conduct semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, and conduct survey of relevant key informants. 
  • Conduct research, publish, and write publishable papers that constitute the requirement for the PhD position.

Required selection criteria

  • The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions.
  • The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) in sustainability, circular economy, international business and/or supply chain management with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Faculty of Economics and Management’s doctoral program Ph.d.-utdanning - Fakultet for økonomi - NTNU
  • Excellent written and oral English language

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants  and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

In addition, the following qualifications will contribute positively to the evaluation of the applicant:

  • Previous experience in working on marine pollution sustainability project 
  • Ability to use software programming and modeling packages
  • Norwegian or other Scandinavian language skills

Personal characteristics

  • You must be independent, have great work capacity and have enthusiasm for research.
  • The ability to contribute to a good PhD environment and work environment in general is emphasized.
  • The ability to carry out projects will be given special weight.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Information about Working and living in Norway can be found at the following link:

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200 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 3 years with the possibility of an additional year of working duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Economics and Management (Faculty of Economics and Management - NTNU)  within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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.

Primary residency in Ålesund is a prerequisite. The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to 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 follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application must include:

  • Application letter concerning your motivation for completing a Phd in this particular project, outlining previous relevant experience
  •  CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Project proposal (maximum 2-3 pages excl. references)
  • Name and address of three references
  • Publications or another relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

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 Ålesund, with its population of 50 000, will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery with high mountains and blue fjords. Ålesund itself, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is by many considered to be the most beautiful city in Norway! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Associate Professor Richard Glavee-Geo, telephone 70161288, email or Assoicate Professor Siv Marina F. Grimstad, telephone 70161263, e-mail: . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Oddny Lyngvær at, e-mail: .

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) .

Application deadline: 07.01.2022

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of International Business

We are part of the Ålesund Campus. The Department’s core expertise, in which marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship play a key role, is closely linked to the region’s needs. We also conduct research and teaching in economics, business administration, marketing, commercial and management subjects.  Together with local business and industry, we have created a research laboratory to enable research and development in service innovation, entrepreneurship, finance and technology. The Department of International Business  is one of four departments in the Faculty of Economics and Management . 

Deadline 7th January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Ålesund
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Ålesund

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