PhD Research Fellowships in International Management at the School of Business and Law, ref. 98/14

The University of Agder invites applications for 5 full-time fixed-term appointments as PhD Research Fellows in International Management for a period of three years at the Department of Management, School of Business and Law. Depending on applicants’ profile and academic experience some may be offered four-year positions which will include 25% teaching or other tasks at the School of Business and Law. The positions are located in Kristiansand, Norway.

The School of Business and Law at University of Agder is Norway’s largest university based business school with 1700 students and around 80 faculty members. The School of Business and Law offers an active research environment with close collaboration between professors and PhD students. International Management, broadly defined, is a core research area and the main specialization of the school’s PhD programme. To maintain and further strengthen the School of Business and Law’s strong position in the field of International Management the PhD programme will in August 2015 start up a new PhD student cohort within the specialization International Management.

The candidates’ research interests should be linked to the competence and research focus of professors at the Department of Management and applicants are advised to propose and explain in their applications which faculty member would fit their research proposal. Please consult the webpages of the School of Business and Law to get more information about the research focus of faculty members and more information about the PhD programme.

The applicants must qualify for admission to the PhD Programme at the School of Business and Law, and must hold a research master’s degree (300 ECTS including a master thesis) in Economics, Marketing, Finance, International Business, Management or similar business school fields.

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellow 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, available for download at www.uia.no/vacancies

The appointees must have the ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner. During the assessment process, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s examination results as well as any previous research and development work. Strong qualification in applied research methods is an advantage and fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite. For some of the positions fluency in a Scandinavian language might be required. Relevant practical and teaching experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised. The University, on its side, is committed to securing supervision for the successful applicants. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed before admission.

Applicants must submit a full curriculum including transcripts of grades, academic references, a project description of no more than four pages and a maximum one page letter of motivation including suggested supervisor. The project description should include a presentation of possible research questions/hypotheses, theoretical framework, potential data sources and a progress plan for the proposed doctoral project. An essential part of the assessment of applicants is the quality of the project description and whether it fits with available supervisors’ research interests.

The successful applicants will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service.

Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. The PhD programme will start in August/September 2015 and successful candidates from outside the European Union are required to secure a needed Schengen visa in due time.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in its workforce, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The position are remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, salary grade 50 (NOK 429.400,-). A 2% compulsory pension contribution will be deducted and paid to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund according to current statutory provisions.

Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Send application”.

The following additional documentation must be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

         Motivation letter including suggested supervisor, teaching and other academic experience and knowledge of a Scandinavian language

         Certified copies of diplomas, transcripts and letters of academic references

         Complete list of scientific publications

         Summary, approximately 1-2 pages of the master's thesis

         Copies of up to three scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals

         Project description, including a tentative progress plan for the project

Original documents of the certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records or authenticated copies of the original documents with stamp, date, and readable signature from a public office (e.g. university, college, or police) must be presented before appointment. Short listed candidates may be asked to send in their master thesis as well as additional documentation, including GMAT, TOEFL etc.

Please note that the application must be submitted online. The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation in a sufficient number of copies before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Closing date: January 3rd 2015

In accordance with 25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

For further information please contact PhD programme director Roy Mersland, phone +47 38 14 17 87, e-mail [log in to unmask]

The full text of this announcement is also available online at www.uia.no/vacancies.

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