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Doctoral Research Fellowship in Innovation Studies. Specialization: Innovation Economics, Norway


The TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo (UiO) invites candidates to apply for a three-year Ph.D. Research Fellowship. The candidate’s work will be situated within the Centre’s research group for Innovation Studies.

Innovation studies at TIK has three areas: macro level studies linking innovation with national and regional economic performance, meso level studies of innovation systems with an emphasis on energy and natural resources, and micro level investigations of how innovation processes take place in networks, organisations and firms. Policy issues are central in all three areas.

The candidate will specialize in Innovation Economics and work together with TIK’s Director and a few other scholars at the Centre interested in quantitative studies of innovation. Special topics of interest are the relationships between innovation and economic performance, how this differs across firms and industrial sectors, and how this is affected by national and international R&D and innovation policy support. The current position will give priority to candidates with a project that focuses on these research issues.


Applicants must hold a two years Master’s degree or equivalent in the social sciences, preferably in economics or business studies. Applicants must have native or near-native competence in a Scandinavian language or English.

In addition, the Ph.D. candidate should preferably have:

  • Strong interest in the development of innovation research both theoretically and empirically.
  • Good knowledge of applied statistics and econometrics.
  • Previous experience with quantitative data analysis and related software.
  • Interest in theoretical modeling and simulation analyses in innovation economics.

The purpose of the Ph.D. Research Fellowship is research training that leads to the successful completion of a doctoral degree. The selected applicant will be automatically accepted for the research-training programme (Ph.D. programme) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo. TIK is also a member of the Norwegian Research School in Innovation Studies (NORSI) and other networks with many opportunities for early career scientific meetings and networking.

In addition to their own research work, fellows may be required to participate in teaching and/or administration activities connected to research and teaching at the Centre. All work of this nature conducted will be compensated with equivalent extension of the duration of the research fellowship. It is not possible to have extensions that exceed twelve months.

We offer

  • Pay grade 50 - 57 (NOK 429 700 - 482 800 per annum)
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Good pension benefits under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
  • Good welfare benefits 

Evaluation of the application

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s project description for his/her proposed Ph.D. project, as well as the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out this project. A good match between the candidate's proposal and the centre's activities and competences is a main selection criterion along with the quality of the proposal and the qualifications of the candidate. Interviews will be part of the appointment process.

The electronic application should include:

  • Application letter
  • Project description and progress plan (5 pages) for the work to be undertaken during the course of the term of appointment
  • CV (summarising education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications
  • Examples of written work (2-3) that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results, etc.

According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published although the applicant has requested not to be included in the public list of applicants.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 12 April 2015

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