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Utlysning: Doktorgradstipendiat i internasjonal sikkerhet

Publisert: 25. apr. 2018

NUPI søker etter en doktorgradsstipendiat i en treårig stilling, hvor alle tre årene skal brukes til arbeid med avhandlingen.

We seek a PhD fellow with a motivation to write a strong dissertation under the broad theme of international security and defence. Some key areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Changes in international and European security and defence institutions (NATO, UN etc)
  • Geopolitical developments and their implications for inter-state security relations
  • Drivers of and responses to new security threats
  • Conflict dynamics and conflict management in different regions
  • New technology and implications for security and defence policy
  • Changes in Norwegian security and defence policy

The PhD project should be developed independently and does not have to adhere to any particular theoretical or methodological approach. Candidates may want to consult the list of criteria used by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.

The candidate will be expected to intellectually engage with the research community at NUPI, to participate in international conferences, and to contribute to outreach and discussions about evolving policy challenges.

The candidate is expected to have his/her workplace at NUPI. NUPI does not grant PhDs, and so the successful applicant is responsible for admittance to a PhD program. In addition to the salary (see below), NUPI provides some financial support for fieldwork, PhD courses, and conference attendance.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria

  • Two-year MA in political science or a closely related field, with at least one semester fully devoted to writing a thesis
  • Average grades of A or B in the MA degree
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to scientific and professional integrity
  • Proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage.

The main selection criterion is the academic track record of the candidate and the scientific quality of the research proposal. The most promising candidates will be invited for an interview at NUPI, and the final decision about who to hire will be made on the basis of both the written materials and the performance in the interview.

NUPI offers

  • A large interdisciplinary research community with strong international networks
  • A young and vibrant work environment with frequent invited speakers and events
  • Guidance and support systems in place for doctoral researchers
  • Modern office facilities in central Oslo
  • Library services
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The starting salary is NOK 451.300 per annum, before tax. Particularly highly qualified applicants may be eligible for higher salary. NUPI also has a bonus system for academic publications. PhD candidates are given the title 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.

Expected start is January 2019.

Application submission

Applications should contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter expressing the motivation for applying and main research interests (max 1 page)
  • A preliminary research proposal (max 5 pages) setting out:
    • Main research question(s) and a rationale for proposed research
    • A discussion of key literatures the dissertation will engage with
    • A proposed methodological approach
    • A tentative progress plan
    • CV, including list of publications (if applicable)
    • University transcripts / grades, diplomas and certificates (candidates that receive their grades/diplomas after the deadline may send these when they are available)
    • Names and contact details of at least two references (at least one academic)

Questions concerning the position may be directed to Research Director Ole Jacob Sending (

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

Deadline: May 20, 2018

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs holds a leading position in research and information on international political and economic matters and on issues central to Norwegian foreign policy. The institute is organized under the Ministry of Education and Research. The staff counts approximately 70, divided between academic staff and administration and communications staff.