Posted on: 10 December, 2018
Application deadline: February 15, 2019

PhD research fellowship in innovation and regional studies, University of Stavanger, Norway

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. The University is located in the third largest urban region in Norway, with a dynamic labor market and exciting cultural and leisure activities. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will be a driving force in the development of knowledge in the region, and an international research university with an emphasis on innovation. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The University of Stavanger Business School carries out research and offers study programs across all areas of business. The study options include bachelor programs in Business Administration, Accounting & Auditing, and Law. The school also offers master programs in Business Administration, Accounting & Auditing, and Executive MBA, as well as research education (PhD). Centre of Innovation Research and Center for Entrepreneurship are both part of the business school. There are currently 80 employees and 1,200 students at the school.

From Januar 1st 2019 the faculty will be organized in three departments; Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing, Department of Accounting and Law and Department of Economics and Finance. The faculty will be matrix organized. The faculty departments will be leaded by the department manager, are responsible for contributing topics and teaching across the various study programs which, in turn, have their own study leader.

PhD research fellowship in innovation and regional studies

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a PhD research fellowship in innovation and regional studies at the UiS Business School, Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing.

The fellowship will fund a PhD project within the fields of innovation studies and regional studies. Projects can focus on any of the following themes:

  • economic restructuring in national or regional economies, including the drivers and/or consequences of innovation and restructuring
  • policy for innovation and/or regional development, including policy-making, policy impact (e.g. of smart specialization, cluster policy, smart city policies, R&D policies), and policy-relevant research
  • the geography or economics of innovation, including innovation in urban and regional economies, innovation in resource-based industries, and the costs and benefits of innovation for firms and employees
  • responsible innovation, especially in the context of digitalization or globalization, and the role of users in innovation processes

Applicants must submit a proposal for a possible doctoral project within this field.

This is a trainee position that will give promising research talents an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.

The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively, or four years with both research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be clarified in the recruitment process. The position is vacant from August 1st 2019.

Applicants must have a strong academic background with a five-year master’s degree in a relevant field, preferably acquired recently, or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate. Both the grade for the master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of the master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade. Candidates who submit the Master’s thesis in spring 2019 are also welcome to apply.

In evaluating the applicants, emphasis will be placed on their project proposal, their potential for research in the field, and their personal qualifications to complete the doctorate program. The appointee must be able to work independently and as a member of a team, be creative and innovative. The research fellow must have a good command of both oral and written English. For candidates with a high work capacity who understand that a doctoral degree is a demanding learning process, the research fellowship position poses outstanding opportunities for personal and professional development.

The resulting PhD degree will qualify for research and teaching positions at University level.

The appointee will be based at the University of Stavanger, with the exception of a stay abroad at a recognized centre of research.

The salary for the position is set according to the State Salary Code, 17.515, code 1017, NOK 449 400 per annum. The positions provide an automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which guarantees favorable retirement benefits.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Rune Dahl Fitjar, telephone +47 51831562, email, Dean Bjarte Ravndal, telephone +47 51831593, email, or from Vice Dean for research Ola Kvaløy, telephone +47 51831582, email Information about the appointment procedures can be obtained from HR advisor Kirsten Sikveland, telephone +47 51833701, email

The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in its employment practices. The University currently employs few female research fellows within this academic field and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Please register your application in an electronic form at Relevant education and experience must be registered in the form. Proposal for a possible doctoral project (max 2000 words), certificates/diplomas, references, list of publications and other documentation that you consider relevant should be submitted as attachments to the application as separate files. The documentation must be available either in a Scandinavian language or in English. If the attachments exceed 30 MB altogether, they will have to be compressed before upload.

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