Posted on: 6 March, 2019
Application deadline: April 1, 2019

PhD research fellowships on smart cities, University of Stavanger, Norway

Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applications for PhD research fellowships on smart cities at the UiS Business School.

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers 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 15 August 2019.

The position is connected to research on smart cities from a regional studies or innovation studies perspective.

The position is considered to be an important recruitment position for academic positions at universities and university colleges.

Projects can focus on one of the following themes:

Smart city as a policy: Smart city is a global policy concept which is used by urban policy-makers in various local contexts partly as a policy for urban and regional development and partly as a policy for business development and innovation. This raises interesting questions concerning how local context and political processes affect the implementation of smart city policy in specific cities, how the aims of smart city policy varies across different cities, and what are the impacts of smart city policy on regional development and innovation.

Smart city as an industry: There is an emerging industry of smart city actors, consisting of suppliers, producers and consumers of smart city technology. Smart cities create new markets for these technologies, expanding the public sector customer base for the products. This raises questions both concerning how individual firms and cities can create markets for smart technology and position themselves in these markets, and concerning how societies can use smart technologies to create public value.

Project proposal

As an applicant, you must prepare a preliminary project proposal for a doctoral project within the subject area, which explains the problem, relevance, theoretical and methodological approach. Your preliminary project proposal will be included in the application assessment. During the first three months of the employment period, the project proposal will be further developed in cooperation with your supervisors and completed for the final project description. A project proposal template can be found here.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within social science studies perspectiv cooresponding to the project, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the Univeristy of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your 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.

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F should attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale.

In assessing the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • is motivated and has the potential for research within the field
  • can work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • is structured and has a high capacity for work
  • a good command of both oral and written English

We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.515, code 1017, NOK 449.400,- gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the company sports club
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Home-job-home, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses

Other information

See “Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, reserach assistant and resident” at the University of Stavanger.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences between the texts, the Norwegian text shall be decisive.

Contact information

Further information about the positions can be obtained from Head of department Espen Olsen, telephone +47 51816 78, email or from Vice Dean for research Ola Kvaløy, telephone +47 51831582, email or from Professor Rune Dahl Fitjar, telephone +47 51831562, email

Information about the appointment procedures can be obtained from HR advisor Kirsten Sikveland, telephone +47 51833701, email


To apply for this position please follow the link “Apply for this job on the original listing“. Register your application and CV including relevant education and work experience. In your application letter you must show your research interests and motivation to apply for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • project proposal (max 3 000 words)
  • certificates/diplomas
  • references
  • list of publications
  • other documentation that you consider relevant

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application deadline. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants – see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.

UiS – challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

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.

The UiS Business School is organized in three departments; Department of Innovation, Management and Marketing, Department of Accounting and Law and Department of Economics and Finance.

Original listing