PhD Research Scholar Positions in ESG-Audit and Sustainable Supply Chain Governance

Company:NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Location:Norway / Bergen

Discipline:ESG-Audit and Sustainable Supply Chain Governance

Employment Type:Temporary position for four years

Posted:2021-10-11

PhD Research Scholar positions in ESG-Audit and Sustainable Supply Chain Governance

About NHH

NHH Norwegian School of Economics is one of the leading business schools in Europe. We are internationally recognised for our research environment, and we educate the leaders of the future. NHH is the first choice for students who want to study economics and business administration in Norway. We have about 3,600 students and 450 employees.

At NHH we work together for sustainable value creation. High quality, solid ethic standards and efforts for common goals characterise all our activities. Our core values committed, open and ambitious are central for employees and students.

NHH – for you who aspire to more!

About the positions

NHH is pleased to announce vacant PhD positions at the Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law. The two vacant positions will be in one of the following research areas; 1) Audit and auditors’ role in firms sustainability (ESG-) reporting and in 2) Sustainable supply chain governance.

The candidates will also be part of the centre for Digital Business and Audit.

The Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law offers a stimulating research environment with internationally renowned research groups and an inspiring group of PhD candidates. For these positions, the department is looking for highly motivated and talented individuals, with a particular interest in ESG-auditing and management control of ESG.

Start date: January or August 2022

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. Former PhD graduates have been hired by renowned institutions such as University of Oxford, HEC Paris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Santa Barbara, RMIT Melbourne, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Norwegian Competition Authority, as well as in the government, banking and technology 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 PhD research scholars 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 PhD research scholars will receive their own office space in their department.

The scholarship includes 25 % teaching and/or research assistance responsibilities. Since some of the teaching will be in Norwegian, applicants that speak the Scandinavian language will be given preference. The programme gives preference to applicants who addresses research problems that fit the research interests of the department and available resources for supervision. 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 490 800 (equivalent to approximately EUR 49 410 or USD 57 050). 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 science degree or equivalent (please include transcripts of grades)
  • Certificate of a Bachelor's 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 requires you to have an adequate level of academic and English language proficiency 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.
  • You are waived from the GMAT/GRE tests if you hold a qualifying Master’s degree from a Nordic school.
  • 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 and to see whether you are waived from these requirements.

Letter of recommendation

Letters of recommendation may strengthen your application, but it is not mandatory. The refeeres should send their letter of recommendation (in PDF file format) to hr-phd@nhh.no by latest 29 October 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 positions 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 about the NHH PhD programme, please contact phd@nhh.no. Further inquiry regarding the positions should be directed to Head of department Finn Kinserdal (finn.kinserdal@nhh.no) or Head of research at the department Katarina Kaarbø (katarina.kaarboe@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: 29 October 2021

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