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PhD Fellowship (EXPIRED)

Department of law, philosophy and international studies, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Job category Graduate fellowship / Fixed term
AOS Open
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway
Start date August 2021
Job description

About the position:

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)The PhD programme Innovation in Services - Public and Private (INSEPP), invites candidates to apply for a 3-year PhD research fellowship in innovation studies with a focus on innovation in scientific publishing. Innovation studies is an interdisciplinary field, and candidates with a master’s degree in any relevant discipline will be considered.

The purpose of the PhD research fellowship for the admitted candidate is to undergo a research training programme that leads to the successful completion of a doctoral degree. The selected applicant will be expected to complete the PhD programme in 2024.

Innovation in Scientific Publishing

In recent decades, scientific publishing has undergone dramatic changes. It has become almost fully digitized, and the function of publishers has shifted from distribution, typesetting and so on, to allocation of prestige. The volume of published research has vastly increased, as has the number of researchers. The increasing pressure to “publish or perish” may lead to an overall decrease in quality, problems for researchers in keeping up with their field, and perhaps also an increase in the frequency of fraud. The traditional financial model, where university libraries “buy back” research funded by the same institutions (often from highly profitable private publishers), has come under fire, and alternative open access models have emerged. The open access model, however, has spurred predatory journals that exploit its “pay-to-publish” funding system, and one might question whether this funding system lowers the standards of acceptance even for legitimate journals and publishers. And, private publishers are still making large profits from publicly funded research. The traditional peerreview model has also come under pressure - questions have been raised about its efficiency, fairness and reliability.

But with these challenges also come great opportunities for innovation. This project aims to study the drivers, structure and products of innovation in scientific publishing. We invite applications from candidates who wish to work on any aspect of this topic. Candidates are invited to submit their own research proposals. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to:

The candidate may have a background from any field relevant to their research project (including but not limited to Library Studies, Computer Science, Data Science, STS, or Philosophy).

  • What are the most important drivers of innovation in scientific publishing? Government policy (such as EU’s Plan S), private or university-based publishers, researcher-driven initiatives, or new technologies?
  • To what extent have different innovations, or innovation drivers, had been effective or successful so far, and what does this tell us about prospects for the future?
  • Case studies of specific innovations (in early or later stages), such as different models of open access publishing, preprint-based or open peer review, or blockchain-based peer review.

The candidate will be supervised by philosophers at INN, but can also draw on expertise from a wider pool of researchers inside and outside the institution. The research proposal may (but need not) name potential external co-supervisors.

A candidate with a relevant project will have the opportunity for collaboration with the PhilPapers foundation (http://philpapers.org), co-directed by David Chalmers and David Bourget, which has contributed and continues to work on a number of innovations to the field of philosophy. There will also be the opportunity for collaboration with Scite (https://scite.ai/), which offers a new system for citation verification.

Qualifications and personal skills

  • Applicants must have a master's degree, 120 ECTS, including a master's thesis of at least 30 ECTS, or equivalent.
  • Language proficiency: English is required
  • Ability to work independently and in cooperation with others

For information on PhD position in general, see: Regulations on employment conditions for positions as postdoctoral, fellow, scientific assistant 

How to apply:

The application and all attachments are to be submitted electronically and should include the following: 

  • Application letter
  • Project description and progress plan (4-5 pages) for the work to be undertaken, where academic relevance and different challenges and possibilities within the project is being outlined.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of higher education certificates

If you have any questions about uploading an attachment or other technical matters regarding the application, Jobbnorge customer service can be contacted. Contact information is provided as a link in the application form.

Relevant applications will be considered by an expert committee. CVs, copies of diplomas and certificates, publication lists and documents/works to be considered must be submitted as electronic attachments or links to the application.

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.

The applicant list will be made publically available. Requests for exemptions from the public applicant list must be clearly justified and stated via the electronic application form. Applicants will be contacted if INN University cannot comply with the request (cf. § 25 of the Freedom of Information Act).

The state workforce should, as far as possible, reflect the diversity of the population. It is therefore a personnel policy goal at INN University to achieve a balanced age and gender composition and to recruit people with an immigrant background. If necessary, the working conditions are adapted for persons with disabilities. If applicants declare in their CV that they have a disability, this information may be used for registration purposes in connection with the target employment numbers.

We offer:

  • An academically stimulating work environment with engaged colleagues and a growing institution
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Good pension benefits, under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds
  • The position’s salary follows position code 1017 PhD candidate in the state's wage regulations, a pay grade of 54 (NOK 482 200,- p.a). For particularly qualified candidates, placement and salary can be agreed in position code 1378 PhD candidate.
  • For more information about INN University as an employer, please see here.

Contact information:
Associate professor Hedda Hassel Mørch, phone number: +47 612 874 74, e-mail: [email protected]
Postdoc Kåre Letrud, phone number: +47 612 881 04, e-mail: [email protected]
Ph.d.- leader Martin Rønningen, phone number: +47 612 883 18, e-mail: [email protected]

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/203...
Hard deadline May 2, 2021, 7:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/203...
Contact name Hedda Hassel Mørch
Contact email
Contact phone +47 612 874 74
Time created March 22, 2021, 4:19pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date May 2, 2021, 7:59pm CET
Expired on May 3, 2021, 8:46pm CET
Last updated July 3, 2021, 3:00pm UTC
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