PhD Research Scholar Positions – Empirical Labour Economics

Company:NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Location:Norway / Bergen

Discipline:Empirical Labour Economics

Employment Type:4-year Programme


NHH Norwegian School of Economics is one of the leading business schools in Europe. NHH has an internationally recognised research environmentand is the first choice for students who want to study business administration in Norway. NHH has 3,400 students and 400 employees.

PhD Research Scholar positions - Empirical Labour Economics

The PhD specialisation

NHH is pleased to announce two vacancies in the PhD specialisation in Economics, within the field of empirical labour economics. The candidate admitted to the PhD Programme at NHH will receive the title of PhD Research Scholar. Females are particularly encouraged to apply.

The PhD research scholars will be working on two different projects:

  1. “Reducing Inequality through Complementarities in Investments in Education and Health” led by NHH Professor Aline Bütikofer. The project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council through the Young Research Talents programme.
  2. “Childhood gap, Parenting Styles and Life Time Inequality”, led by NHH Professor Kjell G. Salvanes. The project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council through the Toppforsk Grant program.

There will be room to develop your individual research agenda within the fields covered by the project.

The PhD specialisation in Economics aims to give dedicated graduates a solid training in performing high quality research, 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.

The PhD Scholar in labour economics will be associated with FAIR, the Centre of Excellence awarded from the Norwegian Research Council, launched in August 2017. FAIR is comprised of two research groups, the Centre for Empirical Labor Economics and The Choice Lab and aims to conduct groundbreaking research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality. FAIR is situated at the Department of Economics at NHH. FAIR encourages interaction between PhD Research Scholars and faculty through a wide variety of seminars, workshops and social gatherings.

For further information about FAIR, visit FAIR’s website.

Start date: August 2020

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 includes 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 479 000 (equivalent to approximately EUR 49 220 or USD 55 490). 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.

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Application requirements

General requirements:

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for the PhD Programme.

You are required to upload the following electronically 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:

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 ELTS 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 by latest 20 September 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

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: 20 September 2019

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