Postdoc Position in Comparative Politics (Norway) Deadline: May 26, 2019

University of Bergen

Application Deadline

May 26, 2019

Program Commencement

November 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres.

The vacancy for the postdoctoral position at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, is linked to research focusing on wage regulation, labor market policy, industrial relations, social policy, and comparative political economy. The successful applicant will conduct independent and collaborative research as part of the Norwegian Research Council funded project led by Professor Georg Picot “Bringing in the state: The politics of wage regulation and low-wage employment” (WAGEREG). The project will account for how states influence wage setting and how, in particular, they react to low-wage employment. It focusses on three policies: statutory minimum wages, regulation of collective bargaining, and public benefits to top up low wages. The project’s aims are to take stock of variation in these policies across developed states and to explain that variation using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The department is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who can contribute to the project while also conducting independent research related to the project theme. The research team will consist of this postdoc position, a Ph.D. researcher, a research assistant, and the Principal Investigator.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The applicant must

  • hold a PhD in political science, sociology, social policy, industrial relations, or a closely related discipline. The PhD must be awarded before the start of the position.
  • have research experience within one or more of the following areas: comparative welfare state research, labour market policy, industrial relations, comparative political economy.
  • be able to work independently as well as in a team.
  • be proficient in both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of other West European languages is an advantage.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. The successful candidate will be expected to live in Bergen, participate in the scholarly activities of the Department, and conform to the regulations that apply to the position.

Application Process

Apply Online hereThe application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the project leader for further details about the project, including a full project outline ( Further details, here.

The application must include a short outline of the research plans during this position (maximum 3 pages, including references). This should include two parts: (1) how the candidate envisages to contribute directly to the WAGEREG project; (2) the candidate’s independent research plans, which should still be clearly related to the topics of the WAGEREG project.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter
  • CV
  • Outline of research plans (maximum 3 pages, including references),
  • The full text (pdf) of a maximum of five publications or working papers to be considered in the assessment (co-authored publications must be accompanied by declarations of co-authorship)
  • A list of all academic publications
  • The names and contact details of two reference persons. One of these must be the main supervisor of the PhD thesis.
  • Academic transcripts and diplomas
  • Other relevant certificates

The application has to be marked with: 19/4380. Applications sent by e-mail will not be evaluated

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