Senior Researcher Positions

The deadline for this position has passed.

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is seeking to hire highly competent researchers to strengthen the institute’s research capacity.

PRIO is a leading institution in peace research. PRIO was one of the first centres of peace research in the world when it was founded in 1959. Today it is an independent, international and interdisciplinary research institute with a turnover of approximately NOK 90 million and 100 staff members. PRIO hosts the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW), Norway’s first Centre of Excellence in the social sciences. Two international peer-reviewed journals are owned by and edited at PRIO (Journal of Peace Research and Security Dialogue).

Research at PRIO takes place within fifteen research groups: Cities and Populations, Civilians in Conflict, Conflict Trends, Environment, Gender, Governance, Humanitarianism, Law and Ethics, Media, Migration, Non-state Conflict Actors, Peacebuilding, Regions and Powers, Religion, and Security.

The institute is located in attractive premises in central Oslo, and values staff diversity. For more information about the institute, see

The successful candidates will demonstrate academic merit and competence in the areas listed below.

Academic merit

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field. Candidates must have obtained the degree before applying. The degree must be in a field that is relevant to PRIO’s research, which would normally mean in the social sciences or humanities. In exceptional cases, academic qualifications equivalent to a doctorate may be considered in place of a PhD.
  • A scientific publication record. Candidates must have published their research in international peer-reviewed publication channels (journals or academic publishers). Ideally, candidates will have published at least one article in a journal indexed in the Web of Knowledge.
  • Solid research competence. Candidates must, through their publications, have demonstrated ability to formulate and address research questions with well-chosen theoretical and methodological approaches.
  • Strong writing skills. Candidates must demonstrate that they have strong writing skills, which are needed for future success in project development, academic publishing and other research communication.

The PRIO Hiring Committee will establish a shortlist of outstanding candidates whose academic competence will then be evaluated by an independent academic evaluation committee. This evaluation will be conducted on the basis of the academic publications (max. 5) that the candidate submits as part of their application.

In addition to academic merit, it is expected that competence is demonstrated in the eight areas listed below. The first two are essential requirements. With respect to the remaining six areas, limited competence in one or more areas can be compensated for by a stronger record in other areas.

  • Expertise in one or more of areas within the scope of PRIO’s research. PRIO’s thematic foci are reflected in its research groups. Each PRIO researchers is a member of at least one and up to three research groups. Candidates should identify group(s) that they foresee working within and how their expertise can contribute to the group’s development. The scope of PRIO’s research is reflected in its mission statement and current strategy. Expertise in areas not captured by the research groups’ thematic foci, but relevant to PRIO’s wider mission and strategy may also be of interest.
  • Project development. Research at PRIO is carried out in the form of externally funded projects. Each researcher must raise funds to cover the cost of their position. All researchers are involved in project development—that is, communicating with potential funders and partners, writing proposals, and securing financing for new projects. Candidates should give a detailed account of their experience and track record with funding research. Prospects for future research funding are a fundamental criterion in this recruitment process.
  • Versatility in research engagements. Being able to work on several themes, in several geographical areas and with several methodological approaches is an asset in a research environment like PRIO. Such ability allows for creating exciting research on the basis of diverse funding opportunities.
  • Project leadership. All research projects require sound management of time and resources for reaching their goals. Larrge projects entail additional managerial demands. Candidates should account for their experience with the administrative, managerial and leadership aspects of research.
  • Research collaboration. Most research at PRIO involves collaboration, either between researchers at PRIO or with external partners. Collaboration might be across disciplinary divides. Candidates must account for their relevant collaborative experiences.
  • Engagement with policymakers and practice. All research at PRIO has an academic core, but many projects also engage extensively with policy and practice. This engagement could involve communication about research or more direct collaboration. Candidates should account for relevant skills and experiences.
  • Popular dissemination of research. The impact of PRIO’s research comes partly through popular dissemination and engagement in public debates of relevance to our research. Candidates should account for their experience in working with the media, social media or other channels for research communication.
  • Curricular development, teaching and supervision of students. PRIO engages selectively in education activities, primarily at the PhD level. Supervision of junior colleagues also takes place within research projects. Candidates should account for relevant experiences with teaching and supervision.

Ideas for future research
Candidates should outline ideas for future development of their own research if they were to be employed at PRIO. These ideas could include thoughts about specific funding opportunities or research partners. This document should not exceed two pages.

How to apply
Applications for the position of Senior Researcher are to be submitted by way of an online form, and must be submitted by 25 November 2012.

Before you start filling in the form, make sure you have the following necessary information and documents ready:

Information provided directly in the online form:

  1. Contact details: name, email, address, phone number.
  2. Personal information: current position, citizenship, gender, date-of-birth, languages.
  3. PhD details, or other equivalent academic qualifications.
  4. List of academic publications for evaluation (max. 5).
  5. Area of expertise: indicate which of PRIO´s research groups your area of expertise is most relevant to (max. 3).
  6. References: name and contact details of two or more references. These will be contacted only in the event that you are called for interview. (Written references are not to be submitted.)

Attachments – to be uploaded to the online form as PDFs:

  1. Cover letter: should include an account of your qualifications, academic merits, relevant competence and other requirements for the position as described above.
  2. CV: in English, and including a list of publications.
  3. Copy of certification of highest university degree
  4. PDFs of the academic publications you wish to submit for academic evaluation. If it is not possible to upload your publications as PDFs, please send hard copies by post (one copy).  Material sent by post should arrive at PRIO no later than 30 November, and cannot be returned.
  5. Ideas for future research: Candidates should outline ideas for future development of their own research if they were to be employed at PRIO. These ideas could include thoughts about specific funding opportunities or research partners. This document should not exceed two pages.

When you have all the necessary information and documentation ready, you may enter the form here:


For further information please contact Management Adviser Damian Laws, email, tel: (+47) 22 54 77 26.