PhD position at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

PhD position at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism

Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory is looking for a person with high ambitions, strong qualifications in methodologies and a keen interest in comparative research. The duration of the PhD position (100%) is 4 years.

About the project/work tasks

The PhD fellow will work 100% for the whole four-year period as part of the Discretion project funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant, and will be based at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism at the University of Bergen, Norway. Professor Marit Skivenes is the principal investigator for the project. For more information: http://www.discretion.uib.no/

The main objectives for the ongoing research activity at the Centre are to reveal the mechanisms for exercising discretion, and improve the understanding of paternalism and principles of best interests and welfare. These objectives will be reached by systematically examining the role of institutional, organisational and individual factors including regulations of best interest principles; professions involved; type of courts; type of child protection system; demographic factors and individual values; and the populations’ view on children and paternalism. The research design is set out to employ innovative methodological approaches, with multilevel and cross- country studies.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the principal investigator for further details (marit.skivenes@uib.no).

Your tasks

  • To engage in independent scientific research that will result in high quality PhD thesis, as well as partaking in high quality publications addressing core themes of the research project 

  • To participate in the collection, pooling, and analysis of data 

  • To support and work with the principal investigator in carrying out the research project
  • To participate in the organisation of research activities and events at the Centre, such as conferences, workshops, joint publications, and web activities 

  • To actively contribute to the academic life of the Centre

Your profile: qualifications and personal qualities

  • A Master degree in political science, social policy or economics (other education may be considered when clearly relevant for the project topic). The applicant must have submitted his/her master’s thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the Master degree has been awarded at the start of employment.
  • The requirements are generally grade B (or equivalent) or better on Master thesis and for the Master degree in total
  • Some knowledge and experience with text analysis and qualitative methods 

  • Knowledge and experience with quantitative methods 

  • A demonstrated interest in engaging in independent research on topics related to the research project 

  • As an applicant you should be able to work independently and have the ability to cooperate with others 

  • Fluency in written and spoken English 



Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications and it’s fit with the project; the candidate’s methods skills; the candidate’s interest in the project’s topic; the quality of the mater thesis; and personal qualifications. 


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

About the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism

The research at the Centre is comparative – between nations, systems and individuals, and includes researchers across the world. We are an interdisciplinary group including political science, sociology, law and phycology. In Bergen, the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism is a part of the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (UiB/CMI), and is involved in research collaboration at the Center for excellence, FAIR, at the Norwegian Business School as well as with the research group Law, Democracy and Welfare at Western Norway University of Applied Science.

About the PhD position

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties connected to the project. The employment period for the successful candidate may be reduced if he or she previously has been employed in a PhD position.

About the research training:

As a PhD research fellow, you will take part in the doctoral educational programme at UoB. The programme corresponds to a period of three years and leads to the submission of the PhD dissertation. To be eligible for admission you must have completed a Master degree. The educational background must be equivalent to a five-year Master education, normally including a two-year Master degree and a Master thesis. It is expected that the topic of the Master degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.

We can offer:

  • Salary equivalent to NOK 449 400 per year upon appointment (code 1017 on the government salary scale. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position. 

  • A good, vibrant, and professionally challenging working environment 

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise) 

  • Good welfare benefits 

  • The city of Bergen – a unique mix of vibrant cultural life and extraordinary nature
The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Bergen during the project period and participate in common activities at the Centre. 


Project proposal:

A research proposal of max 5 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should present the topic, the research problem(s) and choice of theory and methods. The proposal should also include a progress plan for the different parts of the project. A budget of running costs should be included. Admittance to the PhD-programme will be based on the research proposal.

Your application must include:

  • Cover-letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position 

  • Max 5-page PhD project proposal 

  • CV 

  • Diplomas (certified copies)
  • Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master’s thesis or equivalent)

  • Two references with names and contact details

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded electronically at the recruitment portal www.jobbnorge.no. The application must include all information to be taken into consideration in the assessment of the academic qualifications. 


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

Closing date: 31 January 2019 


Applications submitted without required information or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment. 


General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting Project leader Marit Skivenes, e-mail: marit.skivenes@uib.no, phone: +47 95924979. 


Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Adviser HR Anita Helen Spurkeland, e-mail: anita.spurkeland@uib.no, phone +4755589058.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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About this job

  • DeadlineThursday, January 31, 2019
  • EmployerUniversity of Bergen
  • Website
  • MunicipalityBergen
  • Jobbnorge ID162535
  • Internal ID18/15015
  • ScopeFulltime
  • DurationFixed Term

Post expires on Thursday January 31st, 2019