Researcher in Science and Technology Research and Sustainability Transitions at THE NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About work

The Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies at NTNU (KULT, announces a 2-year position as a researcher focused on energy transitions and sustainability. The ideal candidate has a strong background in science and technology (STS), but candidates from other social sciences will also be considered.

The successful candidate will join the internationally oriented Center for Energy, Climate and Environment (CLEEN), which is involved in a wide range of research projects. Empirically, the projects cover topics such as renewable energy, sustainability and everyday life, carbon capture and storage, neighborhoods and energy communities, digitalisation, transport, climate adaptation and the circular economy. Analytically, we are interested in the socio-technical dynamics of change, the legal implications of transitions, public engagement and citizenship, and understanding actors, agencies and practices in the context of innovation and technology adoption processes. The ideal candidate is someone who shares similar interests and can bring complementary ideas and perspectives to the group.

The researcher will participate in national and international research projects. One example is the Norwegian Center for Energy Transition Strategies (FME NTRANS). In addition to conducting research, the successful candidate will be involved in the coordination and management of research, project development, and various forms of public outreach and dissemination. There are also opportunities within the department to engage in adjacent activities such as student supervision and teaching.

You should apply for this position if you are an ambitious researcher interested in developing a strong research line and career within STS and sustainability transitions. You will work with a growing community of collaborative scientists who are actively involved in their work, research community and society. Ideally, you are interested in contributing to such a collaborative research culture as well as doing research that has relevance beyond academia. Although the position is listed as two-year, it is associated with a department that offers good extension opportunities for the right candidate. The Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies places great importance on employee well-being and is committed to fostering a friendly work environment with a good work-life balance and reasonable workload expectations.

Your direct supervisor is Head of Department Guro Korsnes Christensen.

Basic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducting empirical and analytical research in various research projects focused on energy and sustainable transitions.
  • Presentation, communication and dissemination of work in relevant national and international venues.
  • Preparation of scientific publications based on such work.
  • Be responsible and organize activities such as fortnightly FME NTRANS webinars, seminars, conferences etc.
  • Help with the organization and management of projects, including various forms of reporting, for example to funding agencies.
  • Participate in the development of research projects.
  • Be an active participant in the day-to-day activities of the Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies and related research projects.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate must:

  • You have a PhD in Science and Technology (STS). Applicants with experience in other social or humanitarian disciplines may also be considered. Examples include sociology, political science, geography, anthropology
  • You have strong research interests within the social sciences of energy, sustainability, climate change, transitions, transformations or related themes and topics
  • Demonstrate a proven track record in international academic publishing on relevant topics
  • You have strong qualitative research skills and experience, for example with interviews, focus groups, ethnographic observations or document analysis
  • You have strong organizational and collaboration skills
  • You have an excellent command of the English language (written and spoken)

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • Experience with collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects
  • Experience in managing research projects
  • Participation in the development and writing of research proposals for research funding at national and European level
  • Mastery of quantitative research methods and statistical analysis
  • Fluency in Scandinavian language

We offer

Payment and terms

The gross salary for the Researcher position (code 1109) is typically awarded gross from NOK 646,000–777,900 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. 2% is deducted from the salary as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Pension Fund.

The engagement is carried out in accordance with the current regulatory framework for civil servants and civil servants and laws on the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, based on the assessment of the application and application, are deemed to be in conflict with the criteria in the latest law will be barred from being appointed to NTNU

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite that you attend and be available daily at the institution.

About the app

The application must contain:

  • CV
  • A statement of maximum 2 pages and a cover letter describing how your own research interests and motivation match the position
  • 3 references
  • List of publications
  • Relevant documentation and transcripts

The application with attachments must be marked HF 2023/37399 and must be sent electronically via Jobbnorge. For suitable candidates, we will collect references and conduct interviews.

Publications and up to three academic papers that the applicant would like to be considered for evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify an individual applicant’s contribution to collaborative work, the applicant should include a brief description of their contribution.

A diploma application is required for European master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of a master’s degree from China Credentials Inspection (CHSI):

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability, as well as your motivation for the position.

NTNU is committed to following research quality assessment criteria under the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience of research management and participation in research projects. We attach great importance to your scientific work of the last five years.

Main information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity are strengths. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population, and we constantly strive to recruit the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision-making processes, increase employee satisfaction, compete academically with top global institutions, and fulfill our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized child care is readily available. In addition, Trondheim offers great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life, and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject involves and the organizational changes that are adopted.

After the deadline for applications, a public list of applicants with name, age, position and municipality of residence is drawn up. If you want to prevent yourself from being entered on the public list of candidates, this must be justified. The assessment will be carried out in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Tomas Moe Skjølsvold ([email protected]) or Researcher Gisle Solbu ([email protected]). If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Elisabeth Leite ([email protected]).

If you think this looks interesting and meets your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. You should be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation upon request.

Application deadline: 04.12.2023

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Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

We conduct research and teaching in two subject areas: Equality and Diversity and Science and Technology. The department has an active research environment with a high share of external funding. The Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Humanities.

Deadline December 4, 2023
Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Full work day
Duration Temporarily
Place of service Dragvoll, 7491 Trondheim

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