PhD position at The department of geography

PhD position

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Geography within Human Geography.

About the project/work tasks:

The University of Bergen has three strategic areas: Marine research, Climate and energy transitions and Global societal challenges. The UIB strategy can be found here  The Department of Geography has research activities reflecting these. A main emphasis in research at the Department is complementary and critical approaches to the achievement of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Norway and globally.

Research and teaching in Geography is organised in three groups: Human Geography, Environmental and Landscape Geography, and Physical Geography. In addition, the System Dynamics group is a part of the Department, and the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) is located at the Department. The Department aims to strengthen these groups, but at the same time to create synergies between the groups.

The vacant position is allocated to the Human Geography group. This research group deals with human geography in a local and global perspective, from small communities to large cities. We are searching for a Ph.D. candidate with a research project which can contribute to strengthening any of the present research themes which include:

  • Urban planning and  regional development
  • Green transition and industrial development
  • Global inequalities and development
  • Management of natural resources
  • Food production and food security
  • Climate and energy transformation

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Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in Human Geography. The degree has to be completed by the application deadline.
  • The requirements are generally grade B or better on Master thesis and for the Master degree in total
  • As an applicant you should be able to work independently, have a strong working capacity and dedication to research.
  • Good social skills and experience in working in teams is essential.
  • Good language skills orally and written. Teaching is normally undertaken in Norwegian or English.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

About the PhD position and research training

About the PhD position: The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. 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 the Faculty of Social Sciences, UiB. 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, including a two-year Master degree and a Master thesis at least 30 ECTS. It is expected that the topic of the Master degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.

About the project proposal: A research proposal of 5-8 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.

We can offer:

  • Salary at pay grade 51 upon appointment (Code 1017) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 449 400 per year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis
  • Project proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • A list of academic publications
  • Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master’s thesis or equivalent)
  • If you have a master’s degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries, or a 2-year discipline- based master’s degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at following the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.

The application has to be marked: 19/2286

Closing date: June 28 2019

Applications submitted without a project description 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 Head of Department Peter Andersen, e-mail, phone +47 92091943 / +47 55583063

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to advisor Beathe Moldestad, phone +47 55 58 90 56, e-mail:

Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the doctoral education program at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Further information about the program is available on the webpage Questions about the program may be directed to senior officer Hanne Gravermoen, e-mail:, phone: +47 55 58 90 68.

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.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.


About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are seven departments and three centres at Faculty of Social Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments

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Post expires on Friday June 28th, 2019