PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Aug 2022

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About the position

The Department of Social Anthropology is looking for a qualified candidate to fill a 3-year Doctoral Fellowship in migrations and mobility research.  The position provides a promising research recruit the opportunity for professional development through completing a PhD degree.

This position is attached to the Temporalities of Mobility and Migration research group . The members of the group carry out ethnographic and anthropological research on mobility and migration in different parts of the world, and at different scales – from the phenomenology of micro-mobility in everyday life to large-scale historical patterns of population movements. opology at NTNU.

We cross-culturally explore forms of human mobility with a particular emphasis on life cycles, generational particularities, memory, frequencies and rhythm of movement, imaginations of the future, and other temporal dimensions that situates mobility in particular historical contexts. The advertised position seeks to contribute to the “Cosmopolitan Trondheim” project, focusing on developing an ethnography of multicultural co-existence in the city. In this occasion we are looking for a doctoral candidate to contribute with research on the gastronomic practices of Trondheim’s immigrant population and health.

You will report to the Head of Department of Social Anthropology at NTNU.

Duties of the position
  • Complete a training component as part of the PhD degree of a minimum of 30 ECTS
  • Contribute to the Temporalities of Mobility and Migration research group and participate in the research community at the Department of social anthropology
  • Disseminate knowledge in relevant national and international venues such as conference attendance and/or research stays at educational institutions abroad

Required selection criteria
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in anthropology or related fields.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program 

For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations  and the relevant PhD program description .

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  

Preferred selection criteria
  • Experience with urban ethnographic fieldwork
  • Experience with ethnographic fieldwork on one or more of the following areas migration, heath, food and diet (and willingness to expand on the rest).
  • Capacity and interest in cross-disciplinary research teams
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Additional language skills for use during proposed fieldwork

Personal characteristics
  • A high level of individual responsibility
  • Initiative, and ability to work in project teams
  • Curiosity and interest in international research
  • Social adaptability and communication skills (oral, written and visual)

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal suitability

We offer
Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from 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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Social Anthropology  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.

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

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in a Scandinavian language or 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. 

The application must include:

  • CV
  • certificates and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees
  • Research plan or project proposal (max 5 pages)
  • A copy of the master's thesis
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 6 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

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.

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

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 Lorenzo Cañás Bottos, telephone +47 73 59 68 72, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Renate Lillian Johansen, 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) .

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-755 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.08.2022

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Department of Social Anthropology

We explore topics such as global inequality, ways of living, sustainable development, multicultural working life and global systems of production. We have also a socio-anthropological approach to technology, in which we study technological development and the use of technology in the light of the modern global context as well as the cultural consequences of technological change. The Department of Social Anthropology  is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

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