PhD Scholarship Position in the area of Sports Economics with emphasize on Logistics

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  • Molde University College announces one scholarship in the areas of Sports Economics and Operational Research in sport, with required admission to the Ph.D. programme in Logistics. We are seeking candidates with a strong background in the areas of Empirical and Theoretical Economics. However, candidates with a strong background in statistics, mathematics or related fields are also encouraged to apply.

Project information: Studying the effect of schedule and incentives in competitive environment
Despite an extensive and established theoretical literature, much less empirical work exists on individual and team behaviour in competitive settings with high stakes. One of the natural environments for investigating this relationship are sports competitions. Applying data from such contests with strong incentives to win provide a unique opportunity to observe and measure performance as a function of variables such as heterogeneity in abilities, prizes, schedule, etc. Thus, the sports data is unique, since no other setting provides researchers with such detailed information. Over the years, many sports introduced changes in rules, which can serve as a natural experiment to test how professional athletes and sport organizations react to these changes. One additional direction is the effect of the schedule of games that may influence the attendance as well as the performance of contestants (for example, via higher/lower home advantage), which may have serious financial consequences.

You must have completed a Master's degree equivalent to the 2nd cycle of the European Qualification Framework within a relevant area. The master's degree must include a well written Master's thesis written in English or a Scandinavian language. If your thesis is written in another language, and you have published one or more scientific paper(s) in English, you may still be eligible for the position. The minimum average grade of the Master's degree should be grade B or better on the ECTS grading scale, or an equivalent average grade on other grading scales.

Other qualifications:

  • A good knowledge in economic theory
  • A good empirical knowledge and background in econometrics is necessary.
  • Ability to use, or willingness to learn different statistical packages (e.g. STATA, 'R', Python).
  • An interest in the topic of sports economics.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication in English.
  • The candidat's professional competence and personal qualities will be considered as important assets.

We offer
The place of work is Molde University College. The appointment period is up to 4 years. An appointment period on 4 years includes 25% working duties to the College (teaching and/or supervising). The positions will be remunerated at wage level 54 on the Norwegian State salary scale, with gross salary from NOK 479 600 a year, of which 2 % is deducted for the Norwegian State Pension Fund. Higher salary may be considered for especially qualified candidates. The appointment will be in accordance with current Norwegian regulations concerning fixed-term jobs in the public sector and guidelines for employment as a scholarship holder at universities and university colleges.

You are asked to apply via the website

You must submit:

  • Description of your proposed research topic, maximum 5 pages (in English). The description must give a title, an outline of the research including research question(s), theory, research method and the novelty of the research with respect to the existing academic literature. A proposal that does not meet these guidelines will cause a rejection of your application.
  • CV (summarising your education and work experience).
  • Copies of your educational certificates and transcripts must be in English or in a Scandinavian language, and with documented
  • marks scales. Lack of possibilities for verification of the documents will cause a rejection of your application.
  • Your Master’s thesis.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be written by people who are able to assess your academic and personal qualifications.

In addition and if suitable, you can submit maximum five of your own or co-authored scientific publications.

You may be invited to an interview either in-person or via e.g. Skype.

Molde University College is attending the government's volunteer for inclusion. We would like to include applicants with limited functional abilities or gaps in their CV. However, the qualification requirements for the position must be met.

According to the Freedom of Information Act section 25, 2nd part, the list of applicants can be made public. Exception from anonymity has to be specifically justified.

Jobbnorge ID: 177333, Deadline: 22.12.2019, Customer reference: 19/00685

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Britvegen 2 NO-6410

Molde , Norway