PhD Research Fellowship in Science Studies University of Oslo, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and CultureFaculty: Faculty of Social Sciences Norway

PhD Research Fellowship in Science Studies

Job description

Applications are invited for a 3-year Research Fellowship as a PhD Candidate (SKO 1017) to be based at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture. The doctoral candidate will be part of the Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science (OSIRIS) – an eight-year interdisciplinary research project. OSIRIS is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s ForInnPol programme.



The overall goal of OSIRIS is to better understand how and under what conditions research makes an impact in society. OSIRIS researchers carry out conceptual work and qualitative and quantitative empirical studies of impact processes. There are four research questions in OSIRIS:


1. How can we identify research impacts, their magnitude and the processes that lead to them?


2. How can we characterise the absorptive capacity and processes of cogeneration, transfer, engagement, uptake and utilisation of knowledge through which investment in research lead to social and economic impacts over time?


3. How do impacts differ by field and sector of science and by area of application?


4. What is the role of policies and framework conditions for research impact and how can policy and framework conditions be designed to stimulate impact?


OSIRIS’ unique take on research impact is to study processes of knowledge exchange and utilisation mainly from the user side, since the process of impact generation may be idiosyncratic to industrial sectors, networks and communities tied to specific fields of science and sectors of application. We will look at impact of research in three contexts of application: within health and care systems, within national level policy-making and within industrial innovation/economic growth. More about OSIRIS can be found on its web site.



More about the position

One of the important parts of OSIRIS is to carry out longitudinal case studies of how research gets used – primarily seen from the user side, and the doctoral position is primarily expected to contribute to this case work. The main research orientation is within science studies but the project can benefit from relevant process and longitudinal perspectives from other social science disciplines such as organisation studies, sociology and STS. We expect the candidate to be able to carry out 3-4 case studies during the course of the fellowship, assisted by the senior personnel in OSIRIS. The applicant must present a project proposal linked to the project and may indicate some potentially relevant cases of research impact within industry, healthcare and/or policy. The OSIRIS web page contains more detailed descriptions of these three research themes which should be read carefully.


The candidates’ work will be situated within TIK and she/he is expected to take active part in activities at the centre. OSIRIS is hosted by TIK one national and two international partners: Statistics Norway, the University of Manchester and the Polytechnic University of Valencia. The candidate will have opportunities to interact with and have extensive stays these and other research units.


In addition to his/her own research, candidates for three-year positions may be required to participate in teaching and/or administrative activities connected to TIK and/or to the OSIRIS project. It is also expected that candidates contribute actively to the dissemination of project findings and interactions with non-academic stakeholders. These activities will be compensated with an extension of the fellowship. For this position, extra work within OSIRIS may extend the PhD period with a maximum of twelve months.


The candidate will be part of TIK’s PhD programme and the wider programme at the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Oslo, but can take relevant approved PhD courses anywhere. The candidate is expected to complete the PhD project within the set fellowship period. Research training and the successful completion of a PhD degree are the main goals of a fellowship. For general information on the PhD program, please see the Faculty of Social Sciences’ web site.



Applicants must hold a two years Master’s degree or equivalent within social science or the humanities and meet the formal requirements to be enrolled in the PhD programme. An interest in science policy and science policy studies will be an advantage.


In addition, the Ph.D. candidate must have


  • A master’s degree from a field relevant for carrying out empirical studies of processes of how research makes an impact
  • Demonstrated research capabilities and experience from case studies, preferably also with knowledge of longitudinal/process methods and relevant methodological software such as Nvivo
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, preferably with experience with communication with non-academic stakeholders
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is an advantage, but is not a requirement

We offer

  • Salary between NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum
  • Academically stimulating work 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 (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Project proposal including progress plan (maximum 5 pages) for the work to be undertaken during the fellowship period
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • list of publications and academic works (if applicable)
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

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).


Evaluation of the application

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s description of his/her proposed Ph.D. project, a very good match between the candidate’s proposal and the wider research approach in OSIRIS and especially the planned case studies, as well as the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project.


Applicants may be called in for an interview.


Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.


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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.


Contact information

Professor Magnus Gulbrandsen, Director of OSIRIS


Professor Taran Thune, Co-Director of OSIRIS and responsible for the healthcare theme


Head of Administration Frode Løvik


About the University of Oslo

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 Facultyof 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.



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