Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation Studies University of Oslo, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture Norway

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS- Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation Studies


Applications are invited for a three-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovation Studies to be based at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo.Job descriptionThe TIK Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre with a number of research projects on innovation and sustainability transitions. The candidate selected for this position will become an important part of TIK’s expanding activities in this area.The position is funded by two new three-year research projects entitled; 1) Conditions for growth in renewable energy industries (RenewGrowth) and 2) Greening the fleet – sustainability transitions in the maritime shipping sector (Greenfleet). Both projects are funded by the ENERGIX program in the Research Council of Norway. RenewGrowth is a collaboration between TIK, Utrecht University and SINTEF Technology & Society. Greenfleet is a collaboration between SINTEF Technology & Society, TIK, Chalmers University and Lund University.Both projects deal with the development and use of low-carbon technologies that can contribute to transform key sectors such as energy and transport towards lower emissions and thus in effect serve to meet climate challenges. Specifically both projects share the use and ambitions to further develop the innovation systems framework as a tool to analyze the formation and growth of new industries. Applicants are advised to read the project descriptions, available here (RenewGrowth) and here (Greenfleet), for details.Researchers at TIK use historical and contemporary source material, statistical data as well as interdisciplinary methods and analytical resources. The research group has a strong track record in scientific publishing and close ties to many internationally leading innovation research units. TIK is also a member of the Norwegian Research School in Innovation Studies (NORSI), EU-SPRI and other networks with many opportunities for early career scientific meetings and networking.Qualifications and personal skills


  • Candidates must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in innovation studies or relevant related disciplines and fields within the social sciences. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

  • In addition to relevant educational background, successful candidates must have documented knowledge and strong interest in the development of innovation research theoretically, as well as demonstrated experience in relevant areas of empirical research.

  • Documented experience with quantitative data collection and analysis is meritorious for the position.

  • Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency/communication skills in English.


We offer

  • salary NOK 490 900 – 569 100 per annum depending on qualifications

  • a professionally stimulating working environment

  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities


How to apply


The application must include

  • Cover letter. In the letter, the candidates should describe their intellectual background and qualifications, indicating the main theoretical approaches, empirical tools and publishing goals of their work to date, and outline how their background and research interests apply to the announced position as part of the two projects. The application letter should also state the motivation for applying for this position.

  • Project description, including progress plan (max. 5 pages). In the project plan the candidate should outline their ideas for his/her research within the frames provided by the planned activities and work packages of RenewGrowth and Greenfleet. The candidate is expected to contribute mainly to work packages 1 and 3 in RenewGrowth and work package 3 in Greenfleet. The distribution of resources from the projects is 2/3 from RenewGrowth and 1/3 from Greenfleet. The project plan may include suggestions for relevant methods and analytical frameworks as well as suggestions for potential papers.

  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)

  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)

  • A complete list of publications

  • Up to three academic publications that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process.


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications and academic potential, the project description, and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.


It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.Formal regulationsPlease see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.Deadline: 1 September 2017Contact persons:

  • Project Manager, Professor Taran Thune

  • Head of Administration, Frode Løvik

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