The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture represents ten years of groundbreaking research, education and research communication in science and technology studies and innovation studies.
The centre is home to about 35 staff members and offers postgraduate education (Masters and PhD) including the European Masters in Science and Technology Studies, ESST.
Faculty of Social Sciences, TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture
PhD Research Fellowship in Innovation Studies

Applications are invited for a three year Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate (SKO 1017) in Innovation Studies to be based at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture represents nearly twenty years of groundbreaking research, education and research communication in science and technology studies and innovation studies. The centre is home to some 40 staff members and offers postgraduate education (Masters and PhD).

Job Description

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture at the University of Oslo (UiO) invites candidates to apply for a three-year PhD Research Fellowship. The candidate's work will be situated within the Centre's research group for Innovation Studies.

Innovation studies at TIK has three areas: macro level studies linking innovation with national and regional economic performance, meso level studies of innovation systems with an emphasis on energy and natural resources, and micro level investigations of how innovation processes take place in networks, organisations and firms. Policy issues are central in all three areas.

This PhD position is open to all proposals relevant for investigating innovation in its various forms. It is still necessary that the candidates are able to position their projects within the field of innovation studies and that they can relate their proposals to the expertise found at TIK.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty's approved PhD programme and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. For more information, please see the Faculty of Social Sciences' web site. TIK is also a member of the Norwegian Research School in Innovation Studies (NORSI) and other networks with many opportunities for early career scientific meetings and networking.

In addition to their own research work, fellows may be required to participate in teaching and/or administration activities connected to research and teaching at the Centre. All such work will be compensated with an equivalent extension of the research fellowship. The total duration of the extension may not exceed twelve months.


Applicants must hold a two years Master's degree or equivalent in the social sciences or humanities and meet the requirements to be enrolled in the PhD-programme.

In addition, the PhD candidate should preferably have:

  • Strong interest in the development of innovation research. 
  • Ideas about ways in which innovation can be studied empirically.
  • Previous experience with quantitative or qualitative data analysis and, if applicable, related software.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language
  • Good professional writing skills.

Evaluation of the application

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant's project description for his/her proposed PhD project, as well as the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out this project. A good match between the candidate's proposal and the research profile, strategies and activities within the innovation group at the center will be given weight along with the quality of the proposal and the qualifications of the candidate.

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How to apply

The application must include:

  • cover letter (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarising education, positions and academic work)
  • project proposal and progress plan (5 to 10 pages) for the work to be undertaken during the course of the term of appointment
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • list of publications and academic work (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 EasyCruit, please follow the link "send application". International 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).

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 a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 26 February 2017
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/1371