Vacancy | PhD Research Fellow in sports, gender and sustainability @ University of South-Eastern Norway | Apply before October 1, 2020

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About the position

The Faculty of Humanities, sports and educational sciences has a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in institutional logics, sustainability and gender in sport from 01.01.2021.

The position is at the Department of Outdoor studies, Sports and Physical Education and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Bø.

The employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations, and there is a premise for employment that the PhD-fellow is enrolled in USN’s PhD-program in Cultural studies within three months of accession in the position.

About the PhD-project

To contribute to a sustainable society in pursuit of social justice has always been, be it in many different ways, on the agenda of cultural sociologist and critical feminists. One of the arenas in which questions around environmental, social and economic sustainability come together and inevitably have to be re-examined and addressed in its many forms, is the organization of sport. How can we re-imagine the organization of sport as we know it in accordance with the United Nations’ global sustainability goals and especially though not exclusively with regard to UN goal #5, stipulating the need for gender equity? More specifically, how can we examine, unpack and remedy power imbalances at various organizational levels of sport organizations, operating in a variety of different contexts?

In this particular project, we seek to advance understandings of gender, sustainability and the organization of sport nationally, as well as internationally. More specifically, this project seeks to understand the workings of gender in the context of selected sport organizations, programs and/or initiatives in order to advance insights and possibly sport policies aimed at making sport more sustainable. We suggest an institutional logics analysis approach to investigate the interplay between institutional logics, sustainability and gender. Connections between gender, sustainability and organizational processes have only scarcely been made in the context of sport organizations, and institutional processes that both facilitate and curb women’s advancement in sport are not sufficiently understood. It is also meant to examine the diverse and complex conceptions of what sustainability may look like in selected contexts, and how such conceptions are similar or different compared to other contexts, what lessons might be learned and how we can potentially move towards a more collective understanding of ‘sustainable sport’ at all organizational levels. The suggested project is flexible and ultimately needs to be filled in depending on the PhD candidate’s knowledge, connections and preferences. However, to be able to dissect power relations and gender dynamics to advance understandings about sustainable sport organizations and aspects of sustainable leadership for example, we suggest a research approach grounded in one or more concrete case studies in which selected sport organizations and its members are studied.

Appointment is for a period of three years. The position does not include teaching duties.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications.The degree must be accomplished before application deadline, and with grade B or higher. The preferred candidate has a background or keen interest in some or all of the following:

      • Institutional/organizational cultural research and theories of relevance for studying sports organizations
      • Feminist research and theories
      • Theories of social justice
      • Social & environmental sustainability
      • Qualitative research approaches, for example in depth-interviewing, narrative enquiry, ethnography, participatory action research

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in team work. Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Cultural Studies within three months of accession in the position.

We offer

      • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
      • A good social environment
      • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
      • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 479 600 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

Appointment to the position will be carried out by The Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellows. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact:
Assistant Professor Bieke Gils, email/phone: / +47 35 95 29 04
Head of Departement Annette Bischoff, email/phone: / 35 95 27 87

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:
HR-advisor Kristine Aa. Aasland, email/phone: / +47 35 02 65 89

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

      • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
      • Master’s thesis
      • A 5-page (maximum) project description
      • Any scientific publications and a list of these
      • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application.


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