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 PhD Research Fellowship in System Dynamics at Dept. of Geography University of Bergen

Background of Organization

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognized research university. Academic diversity and high quality are fundamental for us. UiB is the most cited university in Norway.

There are seven faculties at UiB and there are a total of 16 900 students at the university. Around 1 880 of these are international students. We employ 3 600 staff. PhD candidates are paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent. About one in three graduating doctors are from outside Norway.


 University of Bergen, Norway

Position Title

 PhD Research Fellowship in System Dynamics

Position Description

At the Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, a four-year position as Research Fellow in System Dynamics is vacant. Starting date is between June and September 2018.

The position is within the project "Confronting Obesity: Co-creating policy with adolescents (CO-CREATE)". CO-CREATE aims to reduce childhood obesity and its co-morbidities by working with adolescents, to create, inform and disseminate obesity-preventive evidence-based policies. The project applies a systems approach to provide a better understanding of how factors associated with obesity interact at various levels. Applying large-scale datasets, policy-monitoring tools, novel analytical approaches and youth involvement will provide new efficient strategies, tools and programs for promoting sustainable and healthy dietary behaviors and lifestyles. The System Dynamics Group, Department of Geography will provide a computer simulation model to evaluate the direct and indirect, short- and long-term consequences of some of the most commonly suggested co-created policies/strategies.

The Research Fellow will, in the course of four years, cooperate with project partners to facilitate group model building workshops, working together with policymakers, scientific experts and adolescents to develop system maps of the drivers of the food and physical activity systems affecting the lives of young people, and wider society, in Europe. The research fellow will translate these maps into stock and flow diagrams and quantify the diagrams using values from the literature and results generated within CO-CREATE.

The work of the research fellow mainly consists in the development of an adaptable system dynamics core model for quantitative modelling of system changes caused by the selected policies. In addition, qualitative and quantitative data from implementation and evaluation plans will be collected in an open access database and used to adapt the system dynamics model or develop local adaptations of the model in the future. Therefore, the research fellow will work closely with project partners to process evaluation data collected on the youth and other stakeholders involved in the previous activities to track changes in attitudes towards obesity prevention and readiness for action.


 The applicant should;

  • have a Master/M. phil in System Dynamics or in closely related fields. The master's degree must have been completed by the application deadline
  • have attained a minimum grade of B on the master's dissertation and the Master's in total
  • demonstrate a strong interest and experience in model-based stakeholder engagement
  • be able to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary and multicultural research team
  • be fluent in oral and written English. Competence in other European languages, particularly in Norwegian, is desirable
  • be independent, motivated, and responsible, and have an enthusiasm for research 

Project-Related Qualifications

  •   Applicants must have experience in group processes such as group model building, participatory modelling or similar
  • The candidate will be required to have coaching/training/facilitation experience with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Teaching assistance experience in the field of System Dynamics will be considered an advantage
  • The candidate must have technical skills in System Dynamics modelling, statistical analysis and associated information technologies
  • The ideal candidate should have proficiencies in data collection, processing, manage­ment and presentation 

Additional Details

 About the PhD position

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 percent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period for the successful candidate may be reduced if he or she previously has been employed in a PhD position.

About the research training:

As a PhD research fellow you will take part in the doctoral educational program at UoB. The program corresponds to a period of three years and leads to the submission of the PhD dissertation. To be eligible for admission you must have completed a Master's degree. The educational background must be equivalent to a five-year Master's education, including a two-year Master's degree and a Master thesis. It is expected that the topic of the Master's degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.


  • Salary at pay grade 50 upon appointment (Code 1017) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 436 900,- per year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits 

How to Apply

 Project proposal:

A research proposal of 5-8 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should present the topic, the research problem(s) and choice of theory and methods. The proposal should also include a progress plan for the different parts of the project. A budget of running costs should be included. Admittance to the PhD-program will be based on the research proposal.

 Your application must include:

  • A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • Project proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • A list of academic publications
  • Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master's thesis or equivalent)
  • If you have a master's degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries, or a 2-year discipline- based master's degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed 

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page marked ?Apply for this job".

The application has to be marked: 18/2802

Closing date: March 23, 2018

Applications submitted without a project description or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment.

General Information

 Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting associate professor Birgit Kopainsky, e-mail: [email protected], phone: +47 55 58 30 92.

 Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to adviser Beathe Moldestad, e-mail: [email protected], phone +47 55 58 90 56.:

 Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the doctoral education program at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Further information about the program is available on the webpage Questions about the program may be directed to senior officer Hanne Gravermoen, e-mail: [email protected], phone: +47 55 58 90 68.

 The teaching language will usually be Norwegian.

 The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is, therefore, a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

 The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

 Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

 The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

 Edited by CS 03-06-18