Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (Norway) Deadline: Dec. 15, 2018

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Application Deadline

December  15, 2018

Program Commencement

September 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The Ph.D. position offered in Social Anthropology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim is attached to the research groups “Anthropology of organizations and sustainability” and “Global social inequality”. The aim of the Ph.D. project is to carry out an ethnographic study focusing on the recent development of internationalization and industrialization, in the form of the establishment of an industrial park (IP), and its impact on a local peasant community in Northern Ethiopia. The research group on “Anthropology of organizations and sustainability” is concerned with research focusing on how modern business, government and environmental concerns are articulated and perceived in different cultural contexts, while the group on “Global social inequality” is concerned with perspectives on how national and global processes create cultural inequalities for local communities. The purpose of the Ph.D. position is to contribute to the research development of these topics.

The Ph.D. position lasts for a 3-year period, without teaching duties. This is an educational position that shall provide a promising research recruit the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a Ph.D. The candidate will be attached to the research project “Pioneering industry: Foreign Companies and the Ethiopian workforce”, which is a collaboration between the departments of social anthropology at NTNU and Wollo University in Ethiopia. The position reports to the head of the Department of social anthropology at NTNU.

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The period of employment is three years without required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Social Sciences with specialization in social anthropology.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The PhD-position’s main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is the completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in social anthropology or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a Ph.D. degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as Ph.D., postdoctoral and research assistant

Other qualifications:

  • Prior experience with fieldwork and/or internship in an industrial organization or international workplace will be an advantage
  • Former experience with doing fieldwork in Ethiopia
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and one of the Scandinavian languages

Application Process

Apply for the Ph.D. program here.

The application must contain information about the applicant’s education, exams, and previous employment. The application must also include a five-page research project outline. For more information on the overall research project of which the Ph.D. position is part, please contact the project leader, Associate Professor Harald Aspen.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant’s contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically on the above link with your CV, diplomas, and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-265 when applying.

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