PhD Research Scholar Positions

Company:NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Location:Norway / Bergen


Employment Type:Temporary position (4 years)


PhD Research Scholar positions - Department of Finance

About NHH

The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) is one of the leading business schools in Europe. NHH has an internationally recognised research environment and is the first choice for students who want to study business administration in Norway.

In close cooperation with the business community and society, we are developing new knowledge and creating values for a sustainable future. NHH has an international profile and cooperates with 170 universities and business schools in more than 50 countries. We have 3,400 students and 400 employees.

Department of Finance

NHH is pleased to announce four to six openings in the PhD programme at the Department of Finance. Candidates admitted to the PhD programme will receive the title of PhD Research Scholar.

The Department of Finance has 19 faculty members, two-thirds of which are international. Our research spans all major fields of finance, including corporate finance, asset pricing, and market microstructure. We publish regularly in top journals and are one of the leading finance groups in Europe. The department has an active research seminar series featuring invited top scholars and hosts the Center for Corporate Finance, which is rated excellent by the Norwegian Research Council.

The PhD program, which has a total of 12-15 students, is an important part of the department’s research environment. Doctoral candidates are expected to aim for a career in academia.

Please find further information about the Department of Finance here.

Start date: August 2019

The PhD Programme

The objective of the PhD specialisation in Finance is to give students the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills necessary to become successful researchers in finance. It combines a one-year intensive course portfolio with ample time to do research. Students work closely with their thesis advisors and receive additional feedback by presenting their research in the department’s brownbag seminar series. The department offers a stimulating research environment and encourages PhD students to participate in its many research activities. Students have six years to defend their dissertation and graduate.

The PhD specialisation in Finance provides four years of full funding, during which the candidate will carry the title PhD Research Scholar. PhD Research Scholars are required to work 25% as a teaching and/or research assistant. Moreover, PhD Research Scholars get a desk at the department, where they are expected to carry out their work.

The salary for a PhD Research Scholar is NOK 449 000 (equivalent to approximately EUR 46 200 or USD 52 600) per year, subject to Norwegian taxes. It includes public health care benefits and pension savings.

Application requirements

General requirements:

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the PhD Programme.

You are required to upload electronically the following documentation with your application:

  • Certificate of a Master of science degree or equivalent (please include transcripts of grades)
  • Certificate of a Bachelor degree or equivalent (please include transcripts of grades)
  • Other relevant certificates or transcripts (e.g. courses completed at the PhD level)
  • If the issuing authority of grades and degrees does not use the ECTS grading scale, please include an official description of the applied grading scale system.
  • Statement of purpose describing your motivation for applying this position (250-300 words)
  • Tentative research proposal (2000-4000 words) describing the aims, objectives, research questions, and elaborating on your motivation for pursuing the proposed area of research. Please note that your research project is tentative and often needs adjustments after acceptance into the programme.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A list of all publications and /or other documented research activities
  • Contact details of two referees

Please upload the documents in separate files, not combined in one single file.

Specific requirements:

Candidates should have strong analytical skills, and write and present well. We encourage applicants with a background in finance, economics, statistics and mathematics. In the event of equivalent qualifications, female applicants will receive preference.

For candidates with a master degree from a non-Nordic university, we require evidence of adequate GMAT or GRE test scores and TOEFL or IELTS test scores. Note that you need to ask the test centres to send your test scores electronically to NHH before the application deadline. In addition, you must upload a scanned copy of your unofficial test.

Please consult the NHH PHD website on admission requirements for detailed information on how to submit test scores and to see whether you are waived from these requirements.

We require at least two letters of recommendation, which should be sent directly from the letter writer to by the application deadline.

General information

Find further information about our PhD Programme here. If you have any questions, you may send an email to

Please note that applicants for the PhD Research Scholar position do not need to apply separately for admission to the PhD programme.

Note that the list of applicants may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his/her name entered on the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Applications must be submitted online. To open the application, please click ‘Apply for this job’. For English version, go to the menu at the top right side.

Application deadline: 15 January 2019

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