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Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Political sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    16/04/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim

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About the position

At the Department of Sociology and Political Science there is a temporary position as Postdoctoral Fellow for a period of 2 years attached to the ‘Anatomy of resistance campaigns’ project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The position may include up to one more year of work for the department. The position as a Postdoctoral Fellow has the primary goal of qualifying for work in academic senior positions.


You will report to the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

The postdoctoral fellow position is attached to the ‘Anatomy of resistance campaigns’ project led by Associate Professor Charles Butcher (NTNU) and Dr. Jessica Braithwaite (University of Arizona). The ARC project aims to understand how organizational networks in resistance movements (violent and nonviolent) influence the prospects of sustainable democratization.

In addition to her/his other research activities (50%), the postdoctoral researcher will be expected to contribute to the core activities of the ARC project (50%), specifically: (1) by leading research assistants engaged in data collection, (2) data analysis related to two publications addressing coalition formation in resistance movements and/or the impact of variations in organizational networks on post-conflict institutions and (3) undertaking some data collection where necessary. The contribution of the postdoctoral researcher can be either in the area of network analysis or quantitative data collection and analysis.

While all applications will be considered, candidates with a background in quantitative methods, network analysis and/or the study of civil resistance campaigns and nonviolent conflict will be looked upon favorably.

Residence in Trondheim is a requirement of the position. The start-date is negotiable but should be between June 2020 and 1st January 2021. More information about the project can be found by contacting charles.butcher@ntnu.no.

Required selection criteria

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Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in political science, international relations, sociology, peace and conflict studies, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.


•    Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

•    A strong background in quantitative research methods.

•    The applicants will be assessed in accordance with:

(1)    the quality and potential of the candidate’s scientific record 

(2)    the potential contribution to the ARC project

(3)    the quality and potential of the research plan


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 appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Personal characteristics

Importance is attached to personal skills such as independence, well-organized, initiative, cooperative spirit, and motivation to contribute to a good working and social environment. 

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

We offer

  • The opportunity to conduct exciting and stimulating research in a strong international academic environment.
  • The opportunity to join a strong and vibrant research group focusing on issues of Peace and Conflict, with fortnightly seminars and regular guest lectures.
  • Close links to the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Research School at PRIO.
  • Financial support for attending international research activities.
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
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  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the

    Norwegian Public Service Pension

  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years, with a possibility for extension,  1 year duty work for the Department of Social and Political Science.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 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 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

About the application

Applicants must submit the following documents with the application within the closing date for applications: 

•    A publication list. 

•    Relevant samples of publications (no more than five).

•    A description of the candidate’s publication plan for the 2-year period (max 2 pages). 

•    A CV with information on education, previous research experience, together with authorized documentation of certificates and study records.

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. 

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.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 


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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.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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.

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 Charles Butcher, email Charles.butcher@ntnu.no.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Sissel Sæther, e-mail: sissel.sather@ntnu.no

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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 2020/8940 when applying.

Application deadline: 16.04.2020

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