Doctoral Research Position

Publisert: 25. aug. 2017

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) invites applications for a research fellowship as PhD candidate. The position is a fixed three-year temporary position.

NUPI is starting a new project – “Developmentality and the anthropology of partnership” (DevAnt) – financed by the Young Research Talent initiative of the Norwegian Research Council FRIPRO programme. DevAnt explores various forms of changes within Western led international development aid and how it is being challenged by e.g. new donors (e.g. China, private sector, philanthropies), public–private partnership, and South–South cooperation. These changes suggest a new age of choice and thus greater autonomy for developing countries and aid recipients. This, in turn, challenges traditional Western donors’ erstwhile regulatory hold over what development is and the way it is delivered, including the pervasive and persistent tenet of partnership. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork (mainly in Ethiopia) and data collection at different levels of the aid sector, DevAnt aims to explore the local and context specific rendering of the more global changes and challenges to international aid.

We are seeking a PhD candidate to work as part of the DevAnt project. The doctoral project should be of relevance to contemporary debates about international development aid. While project coherence is a concern, we also encourage candidates with innovative, independent and creative approaches to apply. DevAnt builds on anthropological approaches, but we welcome any potential empirically oriented research proposal, also from adjacent disciplines.

The primary selection criterion is the candidate’s academic qualifications and track record. The second criterion is the scientific quality of his/her research proposal. A third selection criterion is the empirical and theoretical orientation of the proposed project and its fit with DevAnt.

Qualification requirements

  • M.A. degree or equivalent in the social sciences, preferably (but not limited to) social anthropology, development studies or international relations
  • Good knowledge of relevant theories and qualitative research methods
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team
  • Commitment to scientific and professional integrity
  • Ability to use English as a working language (both written and oral).

NUPI offers

  • A strong, interdisciplinary research environment with a commitment to scientific excellence; extensive international research cooperation
  • Guidance and support systems in place for doctoral researchers
  • Financial support for fieldwork, PhD courses and conferences, and literature
  • A bonus system to incentivise academic publications beyond the PhD dissertation
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Modern facilities in central Oslo, including library services

The starting salary is NOK 451.300 per annum, before tax. Particularly highly qualified applicants may be eligible for higher salary. According to NUPI’s regulations, PhD candidates are given the title as Research Fellow and assigned the qualification level “1017 Stipendiat.”

NUPI is an equal opportunity employer that values staff diversity. Women and persons with minority background are particularly encouraged to apply.

The candidate is expected to have his/her workplace at NUPI. The successful applicant is responsible for admittance to a PhD program at a university. Candidates should make enquiries about their eligibility admission to PhD program in advance. Tuition fees are not covered.

Expected start-up is January 2018.

Application submission

Applications should contain the following documents:

  • Cover letter with statement of motivation and research interests (max 1 page)
  • A preliminary research proposal of max. 5 pages setting out:
    • Main research question(s) and a rationale for proposed research
    • The thematic and/ or empirical scope
    • Theoretical perspectives and methodological approach
    • A tentative progress plan
    • Indication of preferred PhD program
  • CV, including list of publications
  • Transcript of academic grades and certificates
  • Names and contact details of two references

Questions concerning the position may be directed to project leader and Senior Researcher Jon Harald Sande Lie:

Please submit your application electronically. Click on the button marked “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” on this page to begin the application process.

Deadline: 20 October 2017