Call for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Politics of Sustainable Mobility

Tue, 05/04/2021 (All day) - Sun, 05/30/2021 (All day)

NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Sun, 05/30/2021 - 23:59
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About the position
At the Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS) there is a vacant temporary position as postdoctoral fellow in the politics of sustainable mobility for a period of two years. The position may be ascribed teaching obligations and extended with up to two years. The position is connected to the research group “Energy, environment and sustainable development”.
This is one of four positions announced within the new cross-departmental research cluster sustainability, the other three departments being the Department of Psychology, the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology, and the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (KULT). This position represents political science and sociology in the cluster sustainability, which already comprises three PhD candidates from psychology, science and technology studies, and industrial economics. Every candidate in the new cluster will focus on the application area of zero-/low-carbon mobility decisions.
The 2C degree target for global warming is unattainable without a sustainable transition within transportation, and this is a transition that has so far been slow. Here, the fossil fuel monopoly has been far harder to challenge than for instance within the power sector. The postdoctoral fellow in political science or sociology will focus among other things on the governance, the politics and the political economy of sustainable mobility solutions. Examples of topics that we are interested in: How can supranational institutions, states, regions and municipalities contribute to implementing a structural shift in mobility away from current-day fossil fuels toward sustainable fuel solutions? How have some countries succeeded where others have failed in implementing sustainable mobility solutions? What are the policies, regulations and political processes that create sustainable solutions or hinder them? Which are the actors, stakeholders and vested interests that are involved, and are they helping a transition or hindering it? Why has it taken so long for alternative mobility solutions to arrive, and what has been the role played by the state and by the different industrial actors? The candidate may also explore the governance, politics and the political economy of the resources and infrastructure that is required for a sustainable mobility transition to be implemented on a large scale.
You will report to Head of Department.
Duties of the position
  • The postdoctoral position is within ISS’ strategic research area “Energy, environment and sustainability” and the research field the politics of sustainable mobility. The objective of the postdoctoral project is to further develop and strengthen the research on sustainable mobility as well as working closely with the other members in the sustainability cluster
  • The postdoctoral fellow is expected to participate in the research group “Energy, environment and sustainable development”.
  • The position may be ascribed obligation to work, with teaching and supervision activities, and extended for up to two years.  
Required selection criteria
A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. We require a completed Norwegian PhD in political science or sociology, or an equivalent foreign PhD approved as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD. A background in political science or sociology will be regarded as an advantage, but candidates from other social sciences and humanities will be evaluated.
Candidates who are in the final stages of their PhD- project might be assessed, but not employed before the PhD is approved.
Other required selection criteria:
  • good knowledge about qualitative and quantitative social science research methods
  • the ability to analyse data using theories and concepts from the social sciences, in particular political science or sociology
  • fluency in written and spoken English
Preferred selection criteria:
  • experience in interdisciplinary work will be regarded as an advantage
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
  • Personal suitability to enter cross-disciplinary research teams
  • Suitable candidates should have the ability to cooperate, have good communication skills, be flexible and solution-oriented
  • Importance is attached to personal skills such as being independent, well-organized, having initiative, a cooperative spirit, and motivation to contribute to a good working and social environment.
We offer
Salary and conditions
The period of employment is two years, with the possibility of two additional years. Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 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 that you settle down so you can 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 or a Scandinavian language.
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:
  • a project proposal of max. 5 pages, including a progress plan for the project.
  • a comprehensive overview of all academic work.
  • relevant samples of publications (no more than five).
  • CV, certificates and diplomas.
  • name and address of three referees
Candidates who are in the final stages of their PhD- project must document this.
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 suitability.
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
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. 
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.
Further information concerning this post may be obtained from Professor Espen Moe, 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-579 when applying.
Application deadline: 30.05.2021
Department of Sociology and Political Science
We conduct research, teaching and dissemination in sociology, political science, media, communication and information technology, and sport sciences. The Department offers five-year master’s programmes in teacher education (lektorutdanning) in social sciences as well as in physical education and sports. As a social science department we have a special obligation to contribute to the public debate on important social issues. The Department of Sociology and Political Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.
Deadline 30th May 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project

Place of service Dragvoll 


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