Vi søker postdoktor

Publisert: 23. aug. 2021

NUPI søker en kandidat til en toårig stilling som postdoktor i prosjektet ADHOCISM, som vil undersøke effekten av ad hoc-koalisjoner på internasjonale organisasjoner innen internasjonal sikkerhet og helse.

NUPI is seeking a candidate for a two-year postdoc position for the Ad hoc crisis response and international organisations (ADHOCISM) project, funded by the Research Council of Norway. ADHOCISM will examine the impact of ad hoc coalitions on international organizations in international security and health. 

Main tasks will be to take the lead in developing a dataset on ad hoc coalitions in international security and health; contribute to three articles on the dataset and a conceptual framework; and a case study on ad hoc security coalitions in Mali and the Sahel. The postdoc will be part of a highly qualified international team and be responsible for researching and contributing to three articles.

The candidate will be part of the Research Group on Peace, Conflict and Development and be based at NUPI in Oslo, Norway. Other partners in the ADHOCISM project are based at the European University Institute, Maastricht University and the University of Witwatersrand.

About the project

Most international organisations (IOs) are created with the aim of solving collective action problems. Yet, member states repeatedly establish ad hoc coalitions in situations where IOs would be expected to play a central role. Ad hoc coalitions are here understood as loose groups of actors that agree to solve a particular crisis at a given time and location outside of an existing IO in the same policy domain. Ad hoc coalitions can, in the short-term, lead to more rapid and effective crisis responses among like-minded states, but in the longer term they might also compete with IOs or even undermine IOs’ relevance and credibility. Surprisingly, this key characteristic of current global governance has so far attracted little attention. ADHOCISM wants to contribute to filling this gap through a systematic study of ad hoc crisis responses in two policy domains: security and health.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria

  • PhD in international relations, political science or in a related field
  • Experience with empirical research and quantitative methods
  • Experience with developing and analysing datasets in R
  • Publication record on international organisation and/or peace and conflict studies in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with and willingness to conduct field work in conflict-affected areas
  • Good communication, teamwork and networking skills
  • Fluency in English; ability to read and speak French an advantage
  • Self-reliant and creative

We offer

  • A large interdisciplinary research community with strong international networks
  • A young and vibrant work environment with frequent invited speakers and events
  • Modern office facilities in central Oslo
  • Salary based on qualifications, reflecting NUPI’s pay scale (salary scale 1109, from 604 700 NOK per year)
  • Financial support for fieldwork, conference travel and publication support
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

How to apply

The application in the JobbNorge portal requires:

  • Cover letter (max 1 page)
  • CV with publication list
  • Transcripts from bachelor’s degrees and higher
  • Three references, including phone numbers and email addresses

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit publications (including PhD dissertation).

The application deadline is 1 October 2021. The expected start date is 1 January 2022.

We only accept applications via JobbNorge.

Questions concerning the position may be directed to John Karlsrud,


NUPI aims to have an equal gender distribution among our employees and encourage women to apply. NUPI aims, to the greatest degree possible, to have a staff that reflects societal diversity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of cultural background, age, disability or previous periods of leave from the workforce. NUPI will accommodate specific needs relating to disability for new hires and as needed during the interview process.

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) holds a leading position in research on international politics and economy. We also have a special responsibility for communication on these areas. We strive to conduct all our activities with quality, relevance and credibility. We are in an exciting development, and employ today around 65 people. The institute is owned by the Ministry of Education and Research. Our activities are funded by Norwegian and international organisations like the Research Council of Norway and the EU, as well as public and private enterprises. NUPI is located in attractive premises in central Oslo.


  • John Karlsrud

    Forsker 1, leder for Forskningsgruppen for fred, konflikt og utvikling