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PhD Fellowship positions in economics at Oslo Business School

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with nearly 22,000 students and 2,200 employees. Through the students we educate and the research we produce, the university has a direct impact on society, both in Norway and beyond. The university has two campuses, one in central Oslo and another a short distance from the city in the municipality of Lillestrøm. OsloMet is home to some of Norway’s largest and oldest educational programmes, including degree programmes in nursing, engineering and teacher education. The university is also a hub of research and technological innovation aimed at strengthening and sustaining the Norwegian welfare state.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business. The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

Oslo Business School has approximately 1700 students and 70 employees and offers study programmes both at Bachelor and Master level, as well as a wide range of continuing and further education.

Two PhD Research Fellowship positions in economics at Oslo Business School, of which one is externally funded.  The accepted fellows will be admitted to the Ph.D. program in social sciences at OsloMet.  The appointments are for four years with 25% teaching and administrative duties.

Read more about Oslo Business School, the Economics and Methodology group, and the Ph.D. program in Social Sciences.

Areas of research

The externally funded position is associated with the project “Can Responsible Investment Induce Sustainable Corporate Behavior? Evidence from the World’s Largest Equity Investor,” led by Associate Professor Fenella Carpena.

Responsible investment refers to the practice of incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions.  As ESG issues rise to the top of the agendas of many investors and asset managers, research on whether and how responsible investment affects real-world corporate behavior has become more relevant. 

This project—funded by Finansmarkeds­fondet—will focus on Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (‘the Oil Fund’).  The project’s aim is to investigate the impact of the Oil Fund’s responsible investment strategies on target firms’ ESG performance.  For example, if the Oil Fund divests from a company because of deforestation or climate change concerns, how does that influence the company’s environmental behavior?  The project will primarily be an empirical microeconometric study, but it will build on theoretical insights from the existing economics and finance literatures. 

The other position is not linked to a specific research project, but we will give priority to research proposals in development economics.  This fellowship will be supervised by Associate Professor Anders Kjelsrud.

Main duties of the positions

The purpose of the positions is to complete a research project leading to a doctorate degree.  The research fellows will be employed at Oslo Business School and be part of the Economics and Methodology group.  Each position has 25% teaching and administrative duties.

Qualification requirements

To be considered for these positions you must have

We are looking for applicants who

If you are applying for the position funded by Finansmarkedsfondet, it is a plus if you have

Other factors that can be an asset are experience from previous research activities and project participation, as well as teaching experience at the college and university level.

Admission to the doctoral programme is a prerequisite. Applicants to this program must have a B or better on the master's thesis, and an average grade B or better on the master’s degree. In special cases, applicants with a grade of C may be considered for admission. In such cases, particularly relevant experience related to one’s own research project and / or scientific publications may contribute to strengthening the application.

Admission to the doctoral program is based on a comprehensive assessment of the application, including the relevance and quality of the project description. A final project plan for the fellowship period must completed and approved within 3 months after admittance to the post.

We can offer you

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants.  The application must be submitted in English and must clearly state which position(s) you apply for, along with your motivation for applying to the position(s).  You must upload the following documents together with your application by the deadline indicated below:

Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the diverse and multicultural population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply.  We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required.  You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education, or training.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact ståle.bie@oslomet.no.

Please note that incomplete applications may not be considered.  

Other information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title, and position code.  State salary wage scale 54, amounting to 501 200 NOK per year.  

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who, by assessment of the application and attachments, are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to OsloMet.

If you would like to apply for the position, you must do so electronically through our recruitment system.

Deadline for applications: 30 January 2023

Ref.:                                                22/08459

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.