Doctoral Researcher on Digitalization, e-governance and IoT in India

Please note: The deadline for applying to this position has passed.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) invites applications for a three-year, full-time research position as a Doctoral Researcher. The position provides the opportunity to work in a leading international research institution with high academic standards and a cross-disciplinary environment.

This Doctoral Researcher is financed as a part of a grant from the Research Council of Norway to PRIO for the project “e-Topia: China, India and Biometric Borders”, led by PRIO Research Professor Åshild Kolås.

The e-Topia project studies Indian and Chinese approaches to the digitalization of governance and society, the everyday impact of e-governance and Internet of Things application in India and China, and how related societal change in the two countries affects the relations between them, and global dynamics.

The Doctoral Researcher who will be employed in this project is hereby invited to develop a subproject on Digitalization, e-governance and the Internet of Things in India. The research methods and theoretical approach must be formulated by the Doctoral Researcher her/himself, but the doctoral work must include fieldwork in the Indian ICT capital of Bangalore, studying the development of digital systems and applications by government agencies and the corporate sector, and diverse stakeholder perspectives. The overarching goal is to shed light on the interaction between e-governance and business, and the way public and private sector stakeholders perceive the benefits, risks and challenges of digitalization in India.

We are particularly interested in applications from candidates who have previously carried out research related to these topics, but also welcome applications from candidates with experience in research on other aspects of digitalization of relevance to the project. A successful application is one that makes clear how the proposed doctoral project will contribute innovatively to the larger e-Topia project.

The Doctoral Researcher will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at PRIO, as well partners at the Centre for Internet and Society in Delhi and Bangalore, India. The PhD candidate will receive supervision at PRIO from one of the institute’s core senior staff, in addition to the supervision received by the university granting the degree. Progress on the doctorate will be supported through presentations at internal seminars, inclusion of the candidate in appropriate PRIO initiatives and research groups, and opportunities to present work at international academic conferences and workshops. A progress plan will be agreed upon between the candidate and the supervisors.

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

  •  Hold an M.A. or equivalent
  •  Be able to use English as their main working language

In addition, as many as possible of the following qualifications are desirable:

  •  Previous research experience, preferably on digitalization
  •  Fluency in English  
  •  Interest in interdisciplinary research
  •  Skills in relevant research methods and analysis

Please document the following qualifications as far as possible:

Masters degree

Applicants should submit documentation of a Master’s degree or the equivalent completed foreign degree at MSc level corresponding to at least four years in the Norwegian university system with the following results:

  • An average grade for the Bachelors’ degree of no lower than a C
  • An average grade for Master’s-level courses of no lower than a B
  • A Master’s dissertation graded B or higher

Competence in English  

Applicants should submit documentation of one of the following tests with the results indicated or better:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet based test (IBT). Minimum total score: 90
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service. Minimum overall band score: 6.5
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge
  • PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum overall score: 62

NOTE: The following applicants are exempt from the above requirements:

  • applicants from EU/EEA countries
  • applicants who have completed one year of university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA
  • applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s and/or a Master’s degree with English as the language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries or the Netherlands

The successful candidate will be expected to be in residence in Oslo and will have a workplace at PRIO.

The Doctoral Researcher will be employed by PRIO, but the PhD degree must be awarded by a degree-granting institution. Hence, the Doctoral Researcher will be responsible for applying to, and enrolling in a compatible PhD program at a University in Norway. Candidates are encouraged to make enquiries about their eligibility for enrolling in a given programme in advance. Tuition fees are not covered.

The candidate should have an interest in PRIO’s broader mission of conducting high-quality academic research on questions relevant to the promotion of a more peaceful world. PRIO is committed to promoting the careers of female researchers and to fostering a more diverse work force at the institute. PRIO is located in attractive premises in central Oslo. PRIO offers salary according to qualifications, group life insurance and membership in Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The annual starting salary for a PhD fellow at PRIO is NOK 487.600.

PRIO is an equal opportunity employer and values staff diversity

The starting date for the position is 1 September 2020 or as early as possible thereafter.

The application should include:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. A PhD project description of 5–6 pages, written in English, outlining:
    1. main research questions, methodology and research techniques,
    2. expected innovation or ‘value-added’ of the PhD project (theoretical and/or practical)
    3. relationship of the PhD project to the everyday impact of e-governance and “Internet of Things” application in India
    4. a progress plan including an overview of milestones/outputs
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. Certified copies of transcripts from higher education and (if necessary) a language test
  5. Contact details for two referees

For more information about PRIO’s ongoing research, see, and the most recent Annual Report:

Applications must be submitted by way of an online form.

Deadline: 1 May 2020

Questions and queries by e-mail to Åshild Kolås (