PhD Research Scholar Positions

Company:NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Location:Norway / Bergen

Discipline:Economics

Employment Type:Temporary position (4 years)

Posted:2018-12-04

PhD Research Scholar positions - Department of Economics

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.

The PhD specialisation

NHH is pleased to announce vacancies in the PhD specialisation in Economics. Candidates admitted to the PhD Programme at NHH will receive the title of PhD Research Scholar. Females are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Economics is looking for highly motivated and talented individuals. The PhD specialisation in economics aims to give dedicated graduates a solid training in performing high quality scientific research in economics, making use of state of the art empirical and theoretical techniques. The programme prepares students for the international academic job market, for positions at national and international policy institutions, central banks and research organisations.

PhD research scholars are provided with personal computers, printer access, extensive library resources, and a wide range of software.

NHH and the Department of Economics received their first National Centre of Excellence from the Norwegian Research Council in 2017 - Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality (FAIR). Other NHH research centres have also received particular support and focus due to their high research quality, such at the Centre for Business Economics (CBE) and the Centre for Macroeconomics and Natural Resources.

Researchers at the department are actively engaged in the following research areas:

  • Labour economics
  • Behavioural economics
  • Development economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Industrial organisation
  • Macroeconomics
  • International economics
  • Natural resources and environmental economics
  • Public economics
  • Economic history

The department encourages interaction between PhD research scholars and faculty through social gatherings and a wide variety of seminars and workshops in which the PhD research scholars are fully involved.

Further information on the Department of Economics and on the PhD specialisation in Economics.

Start date: August 2019

The PhD Programme

The PhD Programme at NHH is a 4-year fully funded programme, which combines an intensive course component with research and relevant work experience, preparing the school’s graduates for competitive careers towards national and international academic institutions and industry. Our PhD graduates have been hired by renowned institutions such as University of Oxford, HEC Paris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, RMIT Melbourne, Oslo Economics, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Norwegian Competition Authority, as well as in the banking and technology industry.

The PhD candidates will be included in a highly stimulating and rewarding research environment, working closely with faculty members and other PhD research scholars at the department. The candidates receive feedback on their work through regular interaction with their supervisor and other faculty members during seminars. PhD research scholars are expected to participate actively in faculty and research seminars, as well as in workshops. The place of work will be at NHH in Bergen where the candidates will receive their own office space in their department.

The scholarship include 25 % teaching and/or research assistance responsibilities. The programme gives preference to applicants who submit relevant research proposals that fit best the research interests of the department’s research interests. Available resources for supervision will be emphasized and considered. As the school aspires gender balance and diversity, female applicants will be given preference if applicants are otherwise equally qualified.

The annual salary for the PhD Research Scholar position is set according to the Norwegian State Salary, which currently is NOK 449 000 (equivalent to approximately EUR 46 200 or USD 52 600). The salary ensures a fair standard of living in Norway and is subject to Norwegian taxes and benefits, including public health care benefits and pension savings.

The city of Bergen offers a mild coastal climate and hosts rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities, as well as a family-friendly environment. To explore the city, go to visitnorway.com.

Application requirements

General requirements:

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for the PhD Programme.

  • 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
  • You are required to upload the following electronically with your application:
  • Contact details of two referees

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

Specific requirements:

In addition, the Department of Economics requires you to prove your level of academic and English language by adequate GMAT or GRE scores and TOEFL or IELTS test scores, or documenting equivalent skills in other ways:

  • If you use GMAT/GRE or TOEFL/IELTS test scores to document your skills, you should ask the test centres to send your test scores electronically to NHH before the application deadline. If you have completed tests, upload a scanned copy of your unofficial test results.
  • Applicants exempt from providing test scores: Applicants holding a master’s degree/master students at Nordic universities, native English speakers, and applicants with a qualifying master’s degree where the language of tuition was English.
  • Please consult the NHH PHD website for detailed information on how to submit test scores.

Letter of recommendation:

Letters of recommendation may strengthen your application, but it is not mandatory. The referees should send their letter of recommendation to hr-phd@nhh.no by latest 15 January 2019.

General information

For more information on the PhD Programme and the submission procedure, please consult the NHH PHD website. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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

In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, 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.

For questions and inquiries, please contact phd@nhh.no.

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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