University of Bergen, Faculty of Social Sciences
PhD position at the Department of Economics

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in economics at the Department of Economics. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: Department of Economics ( is one of seven departments at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Department offers teaching of economics at all levels, and leads the students to the degrees of bachelor, master and PhD. Research and teaching at the Department cover a broad spectrum of sub-disciplines. The Department's methodological core competencies are within applied micro econometrics, incentive theory and game theory. Based on these competencies the Department has research groups in the following three fields:
- Firms and markets
- Welfare, social insurance and health
- Natural resources, environmental and development economics

The vacant position is not allocated to any particular research group, but applicants should have a research profile that fits with at least one of these groups.

- The applicant must hold a master's degree or equivalent in economics. Applicants completing their master's degrees before July 1 may apply. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded
- The requirements are generally a grade B or better on Master thesis and for the Master degree in total
- Ability to work independently and in a structured manner and cooperate with others
- Manage to handle a high workload, and show enthusiasm for research
- Proficiency in both written and oral English

Potential candidates will be invited to the Department for an interview.

ABOUT THE PhD POSITIONS: The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.

ABOUT THE RESEARCH TRAINING: As a PhD research fellow you will take part in the doctoral educational programme at UoB. The programme corresponds to a period of three years and leads to the submission of the PhD dissertation. To be eligible for admission you must have completed a Master's degree. The educational background must be equivalent to a five-year Master's education, including a two-year Master's degree and a Master thesis. It is expected that the topic of the Master's degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.

- A good and professionally challenging working environment
- Salary at pay grade 50 upon appointment (Code 1017) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 430.500,- per year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
- Training and good welfare benefits

PROJECT PROPOSAL: A research proposal of 5-8 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should present the topic, the research problem(s) and choice of theory and methods. The proposal should also include a progress plan for the different parts of the project. A budget of running costs must be included. Admittance to the PhD-programme will be based on the research proposal.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Your application must include:
- A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
- The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
- Project proposal
- CV
- Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees
- Relevant certificates/references
- A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
- Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master's thesis or equivalent)
- If you have a master's degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries, or a 2-year discipline- based master's degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge by the link on this page marked "Apply for this job".

We kindly ask the applicants to follow the guidelines for applicants to research fellowship positions at the Faculty of Social Sciences closely, please see:

The application has to be marked: 16/4076

Closing date: May 3, 2016

Applications submitted without a project description or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Additional information about the PhD position is obtainable by contacting Head of Department, Professor Jan Erik Askildsen, e-mail, phone +47 55 58 92 18.

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Senior Executive Officer Anita Helen Spurkeland, e-mail, phone +47 55 58 90 58.

Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the doctoral education program at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Further information about the program is available on the webpage Questions about the program may be directed to Senior Executive Officer Hanne Gravermoen, e-mail:, phone + 47 55 58 89 80.

The teaching language at the Department is usually Norwegian.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Posted 4/15/16