Nord University
Research fellow – Arctic transportation and logistics
Nord University
On January 1 2016, University of Nordland, Nord-Trøndelag University College and Nesna University College merge and become Nord University. Nord University offers studies at bachelor, master and doctoral levels.
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Published: 2 months ago
Application deadline: Aug 21
Location: Bodø, Norway
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Research fellow – Arctic transportation and logistics

Nord University offers education at bachelor, master and doctoral levels. Each year, new students are admitted to more than 180 study programmes within both professional and theoretical fields. Nord University has approximately 1,200 employees and 12,000 students at study locations in Vesterålen, Bodø, Mo i Rana, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Namsos, Steinkjer, Levanger and Stjørdal. Through contact with local communities and broad networks within business and industry, Nord University aims to contribute to meeting regional, national and global challenges. 

Research fellow – Arctic transportation and logistics

The Business School at Nord University Bodø (Norway) has a doctoral research fellowship (PhD position) available within the field of Arctic transportation and logistics. The fellowship is for a period of four (4) years and will focus on infrastructure development along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The successful candidates will be part of the broad national and international research environment at the Business School.

The Business School is a faculty at Nord University and the third largest business school in Norway, in terms of PhD education. Our PhD programme currently has 40 students. 61 candidates have graduated since the programme was accredited in 2000. The Business School has 3200 students and 200 employees. The academic staff is organized into sections responsible for teaching and research within their subject area. The successful applicant is expected to participate actively in the academic community. The Business School works closely with business, government and society and encompasses several research centers.

About the position
The position will be located at the Centre for High North Logistics (CHNL; at Nord University Business School in Bodø. The main office for CHNL is located in Kirkenes. The centre also has representatives in Murmansk, Russia. CHNL aims to take a leading position in research and teaching in Arctic transportation and logistics with a special focus on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and the Northeast Passage (NEP) between NW Europe and NE Asia. The center has built up a strong network and cooperation with Norwegian and foreign universities and research organizations and provides information and critical data to commercial shipping and support industries on current Arctic transport and logistics operations.

Important areas of research at CHNL are:

  • Arctic and Eurasian transportation and logistics systems
  • Development of Arctic transportation infrastructure and support services along the NSR/NEP w/focus on maritime activities
  • Arctic natural resource projects (i.e. energy and mining) as drivers for Arctic maritime transportation
  • Current and future investment needs and financing mechanism for NSR’s infrastructure development
  • Cargo base for future Arctic shipping
  • Cost-benefit-risk analysis of Arctic shipping w/focus on the NSR/NEP
  • Environmental impact of Arctic shipping; pollution impact assessment, preparedness, response and mitigation

The position aims at strengthening current focus areas within research and the candidate is expected to explain the relevance of his/her application to one or more the research areas given above.

As a PhD candidate, you will be part of a programme that includes doctoral training, article writing and participation in scientific conferences and seminars. Meanwhile, you will work on your doctoral dissertation, which is to be written in English. You will be supervised by experienced researchers.

The contract will be for a 4-year period with a 25% teaching load, and the candidate is required to maintain a working presence at the Business School’s offices in Bodø, a growing university town in an area of great natural beauty ( Part of the research activity, such as data collection etc., will be conducted in Kirkenes and Arctic locations.

Qualifications and requirements
We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:

  • A two-year master's degree in business administration or equivalent education that fulfils the requirements for the PhD programme at the Business School.
  • Grade average of B or better (or equivalent score)
  • Excellent English written and oral language skills
  • Sound knowledge of Norwegian, or other Scandinavian language, will be an advantage
  • Independent and structured
  • Good communication and collaborative skills
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

Candidates are encouraged to contact the faculty to discuss relevant project ideas before submitting the application. The successful candidate shall submit an approved research proposal within three months of commencement, upon which time admission to the PhD programme will be granted.

Salary and Working Conditions
The annual salary for PhD candidates is set at wage level 50 (approximately 436 900,-) in the Norwegian State Salary Scale. Especially qualified candidates may be placed in code 1378.

As an employee of Nord University, the successful candidate will be a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A statutory payment to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from the salary automatically.

The successful candidate must comply with the relevant laws, agreements and directives as they apply to the position at any given time. The responsibilities and duties linked to the position may be altered due to future restructuring at Nord University.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest possible extent. Age and gender balance among employees is a goal. Candidates with minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position. The university is subject to rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas, in accordance with the Basic Agreement for the Civil Service.

Application procedure.
Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Qualified applicants may be invited to attend an interview and to perform a trial lecture or other presentation. The Business School reserves the right to withhold any of offer of appointment from applicants who meet the academic qualifications, but who do not satisfy other criteria, including language skills, pedagogical skills, experience, research or personal characteristics.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 21. August 2017

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position.
  • Description of the project idea, 2-4 pages, including the theoretical basis and the methodology you intend to use.
  • A complete CV (education, work experience and publications).
  • Certified copies of academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications
  • Signed consent form PhD

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.
It is the applicant's responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

Upon expiry of the application deadline, a list of applicants will be announced and made available to the public. Applicants who request confidentiality must provide specific grounds for consideration in their application. Please note that a request for confidentiality does not guarantee non-disclosure of information about your application. If you have applied for confidentiality, but the university does not find grounds to hold your application confidential, the university is obligated to notify you in advance of the announcement and give you the opportunity to withdraw your application.

Contact information:
Associate Professor Bjørn Gunnarsson, (+47 95467093).

Questions about administrative matters: Office manager Ellen Abelgård, (+47 75 51 76 68). 30074188
Application deadline: 21. August 2017

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