PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships

If you have a master’s degree or higher, you may be interested in a PhD or postdoc. 

In Norway PhD and postdoc fellowhsips are compensated and recruited much like standard jobs. Similar to the private sector, you may want to explore the websites of your preferred universities. Search for vacant positions on their site (sometimes it is helpful to search on the Norwegian language page for “ledige stillinger” as well as searching vacancies on the English one).

If you specifically wish to stay in Bergen, it can take some time to find a PhD or postdoc position. If your plan is to pursue a PhD or postdoc in any location, you can explore your research interests in academic journals and contact authors directly to inquire about developing a proposal together. You can start by searching pubmed for topics and articles that of interest and locating the author contact information there. To search for open positions at specific universities in Bergen, you can take a look at the links below.

Universities and University Colleges in Bergen

Job portals

You can set automatic searches or manually search for possible PhDs in Bergen or Norway here:

Applying for positions

Often universities provide detailed descriptions of how they will assess applications for PhD or postdoc positions. Generally, the same principle holds true for universities as for the private sector: The candidates should be ranked according to experience/suitability for the position, and the most qualified candidate should get the position. This means that it is important to try to get teaching experience, publications, conference presentations, and other academic experience. It is also important to carefully craft your CV to focus on the experiences that are the most relevant to the position.

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Job seeking resources

The following resources may be helpful during your job search.

Finding part-time work

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Searching work in Bergen

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