PhD Research Scholar Position – Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication

Company:NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Location:Norway / Bergen

Discipline:Professional and Intercultural Communication

Employment Type:Temporary position for four years

Posted:2021-03-17

PhD Research Scholar position – Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication

About NHH

NHH Norwegian School of Economics is one of the leading business schools in Europe. The school has an internationally recognised research environment and educates the leaders of the future. As such, NHH is the first choice for students who want to study economics and business administration in Norway. NHH has about 3,500 students and 400 employees.

At NHH we work together for sustainable value creation. Our vision is based on the core values committed, open and ambitious. Employees, students and alumni are passionate about contributing to positive change in society. NHH is the workplace for those who aspire to more.

The PhD specialisation

NHH is pleased to announce a vacancy in the Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication within the field of Norwegian as a Second Language. Candidates admitted to the PhD programme will receive the title of PhD Research Scholar.

The PhD programme offered by the Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication aims to give dedicated students solid training in performing high quality research. The training is based on close cooperation with other national and international institutions offering similar programmes. The students must undertake relevant course work equivalent to 45 ECTS. Given the international focus of the department, the students are strongly encouraged to carry out some of their coursework abroad.

The research proposal should be related to Norwegian as a Second Language, with a focus on Language for Specific Purposes (fagspråk) / Language in the Workplace. Qualifying education should normally be a master’s degree in Norwegian as a Second Language. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the research proposal and its topical relevance in relation to the research priorities of the department/NHH. Some formal education in economics, business administration or other social sciences is an advantage.

For more information about the Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication and its research activities, visit the department’s website.

Start date: August 2021

The PhD Programme

The PhD programme at NHH is a four-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.

The PhD Research Scholars 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 project outlines that best fit the research interests of the department and available resources for supervision.

The annual salary for the PhD Research Scholar position is set according to the Norwegian State Salary, which currently is NOK 481 800 (equivalent to approximately EUR 46 790 or USD 56 660). 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.

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

  • Certificate of a Master of Arts 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 project outline (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:

The Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication requires you to have an adequate level of academic and English language proficiency by adequate TOEFL or IELTS test scores, or documenting equivalent skills in other ways.

  • If you use 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.
  • You are waived from TOEFL/IELTS if you are a native English speaker, have a qualifying Master’s degree from a Nordic school or you have 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 18 April 2021.

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: 18 April 2021

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