Phd Fellow in Public Policy and Administration University of Agder, Department of Political Science and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences Norway

University of Agder has over 1200 employees and 12,000 students. It makes us one of the country's largest jobs. Our employees research, teach and convey knowledge from different disciplines. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a wide range of studies within many fields of work. We are hosting two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad.


We are an open and inclusive university characterized by collaboration culture. UiA aims to further develop education and research at a high international level.


PhD fellow in public policy and administration


At the University of Agder there is a vacant 100% temporary position as a fellow for a period of 3 years, or four years with a 25% employment obligation. The position is attached to the Department of Political Science and Management, Faculty of Social Sciences. The place of work is Kristiansand. More information about the PhD program can be found here:


Description of the position

The position is funded by the university and falls under one of the Institute's two research groups - Governance and Leadership in the Public Sector GOLEP. The focus of the research group is on public institutions at all administrative levels, and the proposed PhD project must fall within the framework of (one or more) of the group's permanent members' core themes and empirical areas. More information on GOLEP's thematic research areas, analytical and theoretical perspectives, selected publications and ongoing projects can be found here: sector


Qualifications and terms

Further details of the position as a fellow student are set out in the Regulations on employment conditions for posts as postdoctoral, fellow, academic assistant and special candidate, determined by the Ministry of Education on 31 January 2006, pursuant to the Law on Universities and Colleges, Section 6-4.


The applicant is expected to complete his PhD thesis within the timeframe of the employment. Applicants must have the necessary qualifications for admission to the doctoral program in public administration . That is, the minimum masters degree in the field of political science, public administration, or equivalent. The position requires the ability to work purposefully, tidy, concentrated and independent. In the assessment, emphasis is placed on the results obtained, as well as possible development work and published work and project sketches. Relevant practice, personal fitness and teamwork will be emphasized. From the university it is emphasized that the candidate must be ensured good guidance. Current candidates will be invited for interview.


Applicants must submit a project description of a maximum of 10 pages, including literature list. The project description must contain a preliminary presentation of the problem, theoretical basis, method of data collection, and progress plan for the doctoral project. The quality of the project description will weigh heavily in assessing the applicants. The position will be obsessed on the basis of an overall assessment of documented professional competence.


We offer:

  • Modern locations and a versatile welfare offer
  • Possibility of flexible working hours

The position is placed in the state wage regulation plan 17,515, fellow, code 1017, kr. 436,900 pr. year. From the salary, statutory deposits are deducted from the National Pension Fund.


The state labor force shall as far as possible reflect the diversity of the population, and it is a staff policy goal for the University of Agder to achieve a balanced composition. We therefore encourage all qualified individuals to apply regardless of cultural background, gender age or functional ability.

Women are encouraged to apply.


The person who has been appointed has rights and obligations under the provisions that apply to the position at all times. Admission is made by the Admissions Committee for teaching and research positions at the University of Agder.



The application and necessary information about education and experience is sent electronically, use the link "search position".

  • Diplomas and certificates *
  • List of own publications
  • Master's thesis / master's thesis
  • Scientific works and other R & D activities
  • Project sketch with tentative plan for doctoral thesis work

* Original documents of diplomas and grades or certified copies of original documents with stamp, date and legible signature from a public office (for example, university, college, police) must be submitted before any appointment.


It is the applicants' responsibility within the stipulated time to submit complete documentation in sufficient number of copies. All documentation must be in a Scandinavian language or English. We note that we can not assess you as an applicant if an application is missing.


Application deadline October 24, 2017.


Further information about the position is available at the head of the PhD program Professor Jarle Trondal ( ), administratively responsible for the faculty's PhD programs Cecilie Rygh Mawdsley ( ) or Head of Department Anne Elizabeth Stie ( ).  


In accordance with Section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Public Administration Act, applicants may request not to be listed on the public search list. However, the university may decide to publish the name of the applicant. Applicants will be notified in advance of any publication.

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