Postdoc/Experienced Researcher. MSCA Individual Fellowship in Human Geography

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Feb 2020

About the call

The NTNU Challenge invites experienced researchers across eight disciplines of any nationality and age to work in tandem with a supervisor in order to submit successful applications to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships. If chosen, you will be invited to participate together with a supervisor on a three-day symposium on MSCA-IF at NTNU Trondheim from 14 to 15 of May. Together, you will write and prepare an application towards the MSCA-IF Call with deadline 8 September 2020. Travel costs related to the events 14-15 May will be covered by NTNU.

About Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF)

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) aim to support the career development and training of researchers in all scientific disciplines through international and inter-sectoral mobility. By funding excellent research and providing attractive working conditions, the MSCA offer high quality professional opportunities open to researchers of any age, nationality or discipline.

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and inter-sectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Associated Countries) and beyond.

Project proposal

Professor Gunhild Setten is a human geographer and senior member of the research group Geographies of Community at the Department of Geography, NTNU. She is also Deputy Head of Department for research. Much of her work can broadly be set within ‘moral geographies’, i.e. how we deal with the variety of potentially conflicting notions of how we ought to be in and engage with the world. Setten has extensive experience from researching how and why people regulate and enact (public) space through morally charged ideas and practices. To illustrate, she has published on how and why certain agricultural practices are often contested among environmental managers; How and why some people’s outdoor recreation practices are condemned when they are breaking spoken and unspoken rules for appropriate behavior; and How and why current environmental politics regulating the movement of plants and animals are categorizing certain species as wanted and unwanted, frequently according to what appears to be random temporal baselines. Her work has appeared in highly ranked international journals such as Geoforum, Environment and Planning A, Landscape Research and Cultural Geographies. She has also contributed to the Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies and the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. 

Professor Setten has recently taken up an interest in the notions of community and social cohesion. Connecting these notions with moral geographies, she is now pursuing ideas that aim to shed light on how social mechanisms in (local) communities work for and against cultural difference. This work feeds into the research group’s focus on how debates within human geography on space, representation, materiality, morality and embodiment can contribute to unpack taken-for-granted assumptions about (local) communities: what are they and how do they work, socially and materially, and for whom?

Of particular interest is projects that are keen to contribute to further theorization within the field of moral geography, and that connects to social practices across cultural difference in local communities (rural as well as urban).         

For the complete project proposal as well as additional information regarding the NTNU Challenge, see

Eligibility criteria

  • The researcher must, at the date of the MSCA-IF call deadline, possess a PhD Degree and/or an equivalent of minimum four years’ full-time research experience. Periods of inactivity in research (e.g. unemployment, periods of employment outside research, parental or sick leave) do not count towards the time of research experience).
  • The researcher may be of any nationality. No age restrictions apply.
  • The researcher must, at the date of the MSCA-IF call deadline not have conducted his/her main activity in the country of the beneficiary (Norway) for more than 12* of the 36 months. *Short stays are characterized by the type of activity rather than by a specific number of days. A period can only be considered as a short stay if the researcher did not reside or did not have their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country during that period (such as holidays).
  • Evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, selection will be conducted by the supervisor. Emphasis will be placed upon the academic accordance with the supervisor and the project proposal.

We offer

  • A designated supervisor with whom to prepare an application for the MSCA-IF call with
  • A symposium with showcasing of expertise and best practices on how to apply to MSCA-IF
  • A follow-up day with the supervisor and possible individual guidance by experts on MSCA-IF
  • Administrative support up to the call deadline


Appointment as post doc up to a maximum of 24 months at NTNU rests on the prerequisite of an approved application to the MSCA-IF call with deadline 8 September 2020. Feedback on said applications is expected early 2021.

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. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to: , supervisor Gunhild Setten, email

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, cover letter, diplomas and certificates that highlight the alignment of your application. In addition, the applicant must describe a research project that will strengthen and complement the presented research (max 2 pages).

Please refer to the application number SU-410 when applying.

Application deadline: 24.02.2020

Deadline 24th February 2020
EmployerNTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Dragvoll

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