Vacancies | PhD positions in sport managementat at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Apply before March 15, 2022

About the positions

The Department of Sport and Social Sciences is advertising two four-year doctoral fellowships with 25% teaching responsibilities in the field of sport management. One position has a special focus in sport governance and the other position has a special focus in sport marketing.

The Department consists of a broad academic environment that involves research, development, and teaching in several subjects: The Sociology of Sport, Sport Philosophy, History of Sport, Sport Psychology, Coaching, Sport Management and Sport for Development. We have a well-equipped laboratory for team/ball sport analysis and a modern sport psychology laboratory. Our staff puts much emphasis on the interplay between the teaching, research, and practical application.

The two positions

1) Sport governance

The research of the PhD candidate in sport governance shall shed light on issues within the governance of sport and how sport organizations and other stakeholders can improve their governance structures. In this regard, candidates are encouraged to send project descriptions examining for example topics on corruption, decision-making processes, interorganizational networks, governance issues connected to sport events and/or leagues, social responsibility of sport organizations, and/or intraorganizational issues concerned with democracy and transparency. The project will be under supervision of Associate Professor Anna-Maria Strittmatter.

2) Sport marketing

Possible research focuses for the PhD candidate in sport marketing can be, but are not limited to, topics on sport sponsorship, sport brands, digital sport marketing, value co-creation, sport marketing and sustainable development, critical sport marketing, social media marketing, sport event marketing, and sport consumer behavior (fans, spectators, participants). The project will be under supervision of Associate Professor Chris Horbel.

The candidates are expected to work in close collaboration with staff at the Department of Sport and Social Sciences at the NIH. Additionally, the successful candidate will be involved in teaching at the Bachelor and Master levels within the Department of Sport and Social Sciences.

Competence requirements and selection process

The applicants must be qualified for a Doctoral fellowship at NIH, which means completed a master’s degree in sport management or related field with a grade B or better. We seek curious, detail-oriented, motivated and self-driven candidates with a strong interest in the organization and leadership of sports or in sport marketing.

The successful candidates should have knowledge and experience in conducting research within sport management or sport marketing. Additional academic or practical experience in sport management will be a benefit. The candidates must demonstrate competence in conducting research using advanced research methodology. The successful applicants will need to demonstrate a strong interest in developing research questions that have application to sport management, with focus on governance or marketing.

The candidates must demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a research team. The positions will entail collaboration with various institutions and organizations. Therefore, communication skills and collaborative experience will be emphasized in the evaluation of candidates. Demonstration of written and oral skills in English is required, as the publications of the project are expected to be in English language.

A Scandinavian language is desirable, especially for the position in sport governance. For the position in sport marketing, Scandinavian language is not mandatory, but we expect the candidate to have basic language skills in Norwegian within the first two years of employment.

The successful candidate will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at NIH. Employment as a PhD fellow will be conditional on successful enrolment in the PhD programme.

Working Conditions

the position’s starting salary is “level 54”: NOK 491 900 and position code SKO 1017
the appointment will be made according to terms applying to civil servants
the NIH is a member of the Norwegian State Pension Fund
the PhD research fellowship period is 4 years
The working place is Department of Sport and Social Sciences at the NIH.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, information about applicants to a position may be made public even though the applicant has requested that their application should be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their details must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. It is up to NIH to determine whether the request shall be approved or not. If it is not approved, the applicant will be notified so that they can withdraw the application.

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at NIH.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. NIH therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experiences to apply for the position. NIH practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas as per the Basic Agreement for State Employees. If applicants indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.


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

    • Professor and Head of department, Lone Friis Thing, tel. +47 23 26 24 01, email:
    • Contact administration: Jan Wangen, phone. +47 23 26 20 56 (HR-department), e-mail:

The application

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

Applications are accepted using an on-line application procedure (

The application can be written in any Scandinavian language or in English. Other documents should be in English or in any Scandinavian language. Foreign applicants are required to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system.

In addition to the electronic CV registered through our website, the applicant must submit:

    • a personal application letter, stating your motivation and background for applying for the PhD position
    • project description (max. 10 pages) including timeline and budget (must be written in English)
    • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work including publications, Master theses etc.)
    • copies of educational certificates and grades
    • names, email and telephone number of 2-3 referees (describe relation to applicant)

Deadline for applications

The application deadline is 15th of Mars 2022. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

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