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Research fellowship in public policy and administration

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

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.

Oslo Business School at OsloMet has a vacancy for a research fellow in public policy and administration. The research fellowship is a temporary position where the person appointed is expected to complete a PhD degree within three years of full-time research or four years with 25 percent duties in teaching and academic supervision at the department. The position is affiliated to the PhD programme at the School of Business.

The position is organised under the academic unit for public administration and governance and affiliated with the research group for Organisation and Management in the Public Sector (ORGOFF). The research group is multidisciplinary with an emphasis on political science, sociology, law and economics. The research fellow will be expected to take an active part in the research group's work.

Field of work

The research fellowship is intended to provide promising candidates with an opportunity for academic advancement, including to develop research and publish work in the field of public policy and administration. We seek a candidate who is interested in pursuing an academic career in research and teaching, and who has strong analytical skills.

The topic of the thesis must relate to the academic unit's research interests, and applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves thoroughly with the unit’s research activities. Specifically, we are looking for candidates with projects aimed at examining overarching topics linked to public policy and administration, preferably based on research questions that advance research on democracy, governance, citizenship, rights, digitalisation and administrative processes. The interaction between different types of processes is particularly interesting, for example changes in political and bureaucratic processes and their interaction with changes to the roles and rights of citizens.

Qualifications and conditions

Applications will be evaluated based on academic qualifications, project description and personal suitability.

Applicants must have:

Admission to OsloMet’s PhD programme in Social Sciences is a prerequisite. Applicants 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.

When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on the submitted project description of up to ten pages. The project description must outline a PhD project that is innovative, has a clear theoretical and empirical relevance, and can be completed within the timeframe of the position.

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the 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.

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About the application

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. OsloMet uses an electronic recruitment system. Please upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

We only consider applications submitted through our electronic recruitment system, and all documents must be uploaded in order for your application to be considered. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be government authorised. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet verifies documents in order to give candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Further information

For more information about the position, please contact:

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees, position code 1017, research fellow. Annual salary: NOK 501,200 (pay grade 54).

If you wish to apply for the position, please register your application and upload the above-mentioned attachments by clicking the button. If you need technical assistance, please contact: Ståle Bie, email:


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.