PhD position in land administration

Western Norway University of Applied Science
September 24, 2023
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PhD position in land administration This is Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 17,500 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science has approximately 370 employees and approximately 3,200 students. The faculty has a broad educational offer at both bachelor's and master's level in engineering and science, as well as PhD education in computer technology. The Mohns Center for Innovation and Regional Development researches innovation and offers master's education in innovation and entrepreneurship. The diving education offers a one-year vocational school education.

The main part of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde, but we also offer decentralized education in Stord.

The faculty's activities are internationally based and take place in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health trusts and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sector. This applies to research, development, innovation and not least education with student projects at all levels.

The Department of Civil Engineering has 30 full time employees; 2 professors, 7 associate professors, 17 assistant Professor, 1 research fellow, 3 engineers and two 20% positions. The department has a bachelor's program for civil engineers in Bergen, a bachelor's program for civil and civil engineering in Førde and a bachelor's program in surveying and real estate design in Bergen. The department also has a master's program in Area and Real Estate and we also deliver courses for other master's programs at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, HVL. The department has approx. 600 students. We have laboratories with a modern instrument park, a broad research activity and a close collaboration with business community.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and

Science, Department of Civil Engineering has available a full time (100%) PhD position in land administration.

The position is a 4-year PhD research fellowship for a doctoral research project on spatial justice and land administration at the Department of Civil Engineering. The applicant must enclose a research proposal with further details about the research questions that will be addressed and a plan for the completion of the PhD. The research must be relevant to the Norwegian system of land administration, but we welcome research proposals that employ comparative research methods.

Relevant overarching research questions include:

  • Which concepts of spatial justice can or should be applied when evaluating new property and land use structures in connection with spatial planning and the implementation of spatial plans?
  • What are the current and future legal instruments that can help ensure spatial justice for planning, expropriation, land registration and/or land consolidation?
  • What are the spatial conditions and typologies that facilitate just changes to property and land use structures?
  • How can different concepts of spatial justice help improve current legal instruments and practices for planning, expropriation, land registration and/or land consolidation?
  • What new digital tools and methods for spatial analysis can contribute to spatial justice, and what legal, institutional, economic, cultural and/or social conditions can help facilitate spatially just adoption of new technologies?
  • The successful applicant will apply for admission to the PhD program in responsible innovation at HVL or PhD program i computer sciences at HVL. They will also contribute 25 % of their time to teaching and professional development. The position will be attached to the research group in spatial planning and urban studies and the research group in land and legal studies.

    It is a prediction that the successful candidate has workplace at the Department of Civil Engineering, at campus Bergen or campus Førde during the appointment periode. The compulsory work must be carried out at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

    Whoever gets the position will be encouraged to participate in international research collaboration and carry out research stays abroad.

  • Applicants must have a master degree, or equivalent, with a strong background in land administration, including legal methods and spatial analysis. The applicant must be able to document knowledge of the Norwegian system for land administration. If the candidate has previous knowledge of theories of justice, this will contribute positively to the assessment of the application.
  • Admission to the PhD program normally requires equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system
  • The applicant must have good language skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language, in addition to good skills in spoken and written English.
  • Personal qualifications

    The department is looking for someone who can both work independently as well as being an active participant in the professional environment. Moreover, we are looking for someone with good communciation skills, creativity, and ability to contribute to a good working environment.

    Research proposal

    The applicant must submit a preliminary research proposal of maximally 5 pages, describing a proposed research theme, relevant research questions, and an overview of relevant theory and methods. The research proposal should also contain a brief plan for the completion of the project. The preliminary proposal will be used to evaluate the applicants. The successful applicant will complete a final project proposal for admission to the PhD program in computer science in cooperation with their supervisors.

    Applicants must also attach a description of their own motivation for taking up a scholarship position, as well as an account of previous professional, research and dissemination experience.

    An application for admission to a PhD program must only be submitted after a possible appointment. The PhD research fellow must be admitted to a PhD program no later than 3 months after starting in the position.

    Application procedure:

    Applications will be evaluated by an expert committee consisting of three members. Send the application and the CV by clickling the button marked «Apply for the position» on this page.

    Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date, including their master thesis, selected academic publications (no more than 5), preliminary research proposal, references and academic transcripts including courses and grades. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. If the attachments exceed 50 MB, they must be compressed before uploading or attached as a link. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.

    Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. Furthermore, applicants with an education from outside of Norway must include an assessment of their education from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), confirming that the applicant's education corresponds in scope and level to a Norwegian master's degree. Please see www. for more information about NOKUT's general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours
  • Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

    There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see https:// www. for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

    General information:

    The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

    State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

    Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

    Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview.

    Employed on condition that you are granted a work and residence permit


    1) Head of department Arve Leiknes, [email protected]

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    Western Norway University of Applied Sciences shall be a university with a clear professional and working life-oriented profile.

    Through education, research and development we create new knowledge and expertise, anchored internationally and with solutions that work locally.



    24th September 2023


    Western Norway University of Applied Sciences





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