“Energy Futures” postdoc position at NTNU (Norway)

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016
“Energy Futures” postdoc position at NTNU (Norway)

Postdoctoral Fellow in social anthropology


There is a temporary 2-year position available at the Department of Social Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management (NTNU) as Postdoctoral Fellow in social anthropology. This fixed-term position has the primary goal of qualifying for work in professional academic chair positions.

The Department of Social Anthropology currently consists of 9 associate professors, 2 professors, and 13 PhD scholars. The Department has a large Bachelor programme in Social Anthropology, while the master programme recruits approximately 15 students each year.

The Department of Social Anthropology also hosts the interdisciplinary bachelor programme of African Studies. Ethnographically, department research spans parts of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South-East Asia and Scandinavia. In addition to the classical themes of social anthropology, recent research interests have focused on processes of objectification, measurement and standardization (the CUFF project), global inequality, mobility and migration, and African (especially Ethiopian) peasant adaptations.


The postdoctoral position forms part of a research project called Energy Futures: Assessing Intermediary Expertise that Guides Arctic and Global Hydrocarbon Development and is associated with the department’s ongoing specialization in Organizational Anthropology.

The objective is to improve knowledge in relation to how intermediaries (energy consultants) generate learning environments across the energy industry. Research objectives of the project include building a conceptual terminology and typology of the kinds of assessments that consultants produce, as well as the visualizing practices developed in the creation of energy futures. The project will focus on aspects of ethnographic research that relate to the creation and performance of expertise, expert knowledge, and elite cultures more generally. More information on the research, including project description, can be obtained here: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1417570

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the research group in organizational anthropology at the department and is expected to take part in seminars, workshops and conferences convened as part of the project. It is also expected that the postdoctoral fellow will conduct ethnographic research.


  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within social anthropology or related fields (STS, cultural geography, visual anthropology). It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded prior to employment start date.
  • Experience with ethnographic research is desirable.
  • Ability to work independently.

Employment will be activated in accordance to existing regulations of 31.01.2006.

Personal skills and motivation to contribute to a good working environment will be ascribed high importance. In addition, good cooperation and communication skills, a strong research network, as well as ability to initiate research projects will be regarded positively in the evaluation process.


Applications should include:

  • Cover Letter (1-2 pages).
  • A Research Statement (not to exceed 3 pages).
  • A publication list.
  • Two sample publications (when joint publications are submitted, enclose a short summary of individual contribution).
  • A CV with information on education and previous research experience, together with authorized documentation of certificates and study records.
  • The names and contact information for three references.

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

Salary and Working Conditions

The Postdoctoral Fellow is paid according to salary scale 24 level 57 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 40 283,30 per month, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency inTrondheimis a prerequisite.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, disabilities or cultural background. NTNU is an inclusive workplace.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position is available by contacting the head of department of the Department of Social Anthropology, Harald Aspen, phone 73 59 64 34 and e-mail harald.aspen@svt.ntnu.no

Further details about the Energy Futures project are available by contacting the research project leader, Arthur Mason by e-mail at: arthur.mason@rice.edu

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through: www.jobbnorge.no. Attachments may also be sent to: NTNU, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway. Please mark the application SVT-1311. Application Deadline: 4 July 2016.