PhD studentship in sport management at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Closing date May 4, 2017

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized university and serves as the premier education and research institution of sport science in the Nordic countries. Our mission is to educate, investigate and present a broad range of topics within theoretical and practical sport science. Our Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD programmes aim to be of great relevance. NSSS has approximately 1300 students and a staff of 220 in five departments, six administrative units and two research centres. The campus and sports facilities are located near Sognsvann. For more information on NSSS, visit    

PhD in sport management

The Department of Cultural and Social Studies has a vacant PhD candidate position in the field of sport management. The PhD project is expected to examine phenomena and/or events within and contribute to the body of knowledge of sport management.

Possible research focuses can be topics on sport marketing, economics of sport, sports media and communications, strategic management, event management, commercialization of and by sport, leadership, organizational behavior, sport governance, sports law, sport policies, sport development, and organization of sport on various levels (international, national, regional, local).

The PhD candidate will be involved in the planning, implementation and development of lectures on bachelor and master level at NSSS. The PhD candidate therefore is required to actively participate in and contribute to the academic community.

It is planned for a PhD with articles published in relevant and acknowledged journals. The applicant must be able to speak and write English. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is appreciated.

Competence requirements and selection process

The applicant must be qualified for a PhD candidate position at NSSS (master exam/exam from higher education higher degree with grade B or better). The position is especially relevant for candidates with a master degree in sport management or organization studies within sport.

The applicant must be qualified for the PhD study (relevant masters degree). The position will entail collaboration with various institutions and organizations. Therefore, communication skills and collaborative experience will be emphasized in the evaluation of candidates. Finally, personal skills, in-depth systematic work processes and personal interest/experience for sport organizations will be considered.

The applicant will have to propose a research project plan (10 pages, including time line and budget). The following will be evaluated:

  • Quality and relevance of previous scientific work in the relevant area of research
  • Quality and relevance of Master thesis and/or publications
  • Quality of the project plan
  • Quality and relevance of data processing and programming skills
  • Personal suitability

Working conditions

Salary is offered according to the Norwegian State pay scale, employment code 1017, PhD research fellow. The appointment will be made according to terms applying to civil servants. The NSSS is a member of the Norwegian State Pension Fund.

The PhD research fellowship period is 4 years. Supervision and teaching duties can be assigned within the limit of 25% of the full position.

Working place is Department of Cultural and Social Studies at the NSSS.

NSSS personnel and recruitment policy aims at taking into account the diversity of the Norwegian population to the greatest possible extent. It is an explicit aim to search for age and gender balance and to recruit competent applicants with minority background. Women and persons with minority background are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be handled according to the relevant regulations as defined in the Norwegian Open Files Act.


Interested applicants are advised to contact the academic community in preparing the application. Further details can be obtained by contacting:

  • Head of department, Professor Åse Strandbu, tel. +47 23 26 23 27, email
  • Professor in sport management, Dag Vidar Hanstad, tel. +47 90 89 22 29, email

Contact administration:

  • Senior adviser Gro Styrmo, tel.+ 47 23 26 20 31 (PhD-studies/admission)
  • Karen-Margrethe Wennevold Heggelund, tel. +47 23 26 20 54 (HR-departement)

Closing date for application: May 4, 2017. Follow this link to apply of this position:

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