Doctoral Position (m/f/d) in Democracy and Citizenship

Call for Applications of Agder University, Norway. Deadline: February 20, 2023

About the Position

The University of Agder, Faculty of Social Science, invites applicants for a full-time position as PhD Research Fellow within the area of democracy and citizenship for a period of three years, or four years with 25% of required work duties. The faculty is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is to be negotiated with the faculty.

Democracy and citizenship are the overarching research theme of the position, and we advise applicants to elaborate their project proposals around this core topic. The following disciplines/fields of research are represented at the Faculty of Social Sciences: Regional planning, social studies/social studies didactics (teacher education), information systems, social work/child protection, political science, sociology, geography, and development studies. The proposal should be based in one of these fields or disciplines, and we expect applicants to suggest which research group(s) their project proposal could fit.

Please find more information about the faculty and the four departments and their research centers and groups here. More information about which specific research topics and which types of projects the departments would prioritize is available at the same link.


The candidate will be employed in the relevant faculty department and research group(s) and enrolled in the department’s specialisation of the faculty PhD programme. If the PhD Research Fellow is employed for a period of four years, he/she will also be expected to engage in relevant teaching, supervision, and/or other work duties at the faculty/department.

Required Qualifications

Further information about the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Science is a prerequisite for employment. Please find more information here.

The candidate must hold a completed master's degree within social sciences or a similar area, with an average grade level of B or better (including the master's thesis).

Applicants who are in the final stages of their master’s degree may also apply.

Good written and verbal communication skills in English. Evidence of abilityto publish academically in Norwegian or English is a plus.

Desired Qualifications

In the assessment of the applicants the quality of the proposal will be given high priority, as will originality, critical thinking, good writing skills and the ability to work independently.

Knowledge of the Norwegian, or a Scandinavian language is an advantage.

Personal Qualities

  • Thirst for knowledge
  • Ability to work structured and target
  • Ability to take constructive criticism to improve research standards and practices
  • Willingness to contribute to a larger research environment

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

Further information (Link)