Legal PhD-project concerning Preventive Policing on the Internet

Research Department, Oslo


A position as doctoral research fellow concerning "A comparative analysis of the legal framework of preventive policing on the Internet" is available at the research department. The position is associated with a 3-year grant from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. Main supervisor is professor of law Inger Marie Sunde from the NPUC. 

Details of the project are as follows:

The aim is to identify and describe the legal framework for crime prevention on the Internet by the police, with particular regard to disruption as preventative strategy. The legal analysis shall be conducted in a comparative perspective, including relevant law in Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands (and if suitable, the UK), as compared to Norwegian law, in particular section 7 of the Police Act of 1995. If suitable for the project, criminal investigation on the Internet may be included as well, if the crime preventive effects are deemed to be strong.

The research fellow will have to commit and contribute to the existing research network at NPUC, including the research fellow group. The position will be located in the office of research department at the NPUC in Oslo at Slemdalsveien 5, 0369 Oslo. The starting  date for the position is expected to be autumn 2021.

The NPUC's research department has 34 scientific employees, including six PhD students. The scientific staff has a background in police science and law. 

Qualification requirements

  • A 5-year law education at master's degree level with grade point average A or B is required.
  • Knowledge of police activities and practices, as well as experience from research within the police's crime prevention activities will be emphasized.

The applicant must enroll at the PhD-program of one of the Norwegian law faculties, as the NPUC does not have its own PhD- program. Application to the PhD-program may be submitted once the applicant has accepted the position at the NPUC. It is expected that the application and project plan submitted for the position at the NPUC, may be used in relation to the PhD-program as well, in a modified version. Enrollment at the PhD-program must have been obtained within 6 months at the latest after receiving an offer for the position at the NPUC. A final agreement of employment for the position may then be completed.  

Interested candidates are asked to register their application and CV electronically. All relevant diplomas, certifications and letters of recommendation must be included in the application, while original copies must be presented during the interview. 

The application must be accompanied by a project and progress plan of a maximum of 10 pages, including reference list. In cases where it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's efforts in joint publications, the applicant must enclose a brief description of his or her participation.

The candidate may choose to write the application and/or the PhD thesis in one of the Scandinavian languages or in English. 

In the assessment of the applicants, scientific and any qualifying activities of another kind will be taken into account, in accordance with current rules. In the ranking of competent applicants, the full breadth of qualifications is included and assessed explicitly. 

After assessment by an expert committee, an interview shall be used in the appointment process.

Employment requires impeccable conduct. Police certificate (exhaustive and extended) must be submitted before joining the position.

We offer employment as a research fellow in position code 1017, with a salary of at least NOK 479.600, -.  From this, a 2 % statutory contribution to the Government Pension Fund is deducted.

The NPUC in Oslo aims to recruit the best qualified candidate for the position and therefore seeks a wide base of applicants to fill the position. The NPUC lies under the governance of The Norwegian Police Directorate, and the rules and regulations for higher education (Ministry of Education and Research). Applicants from all competence backgrounds (lingual, educational and cultural) are encouraged to apply. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates with relevant education, background, work- and life experiences to send an application. 

All information about the applicants could be made public even if the applicants themselves has requested not to be registered on the applicants' list. If the request is not to be considered, the applicant will be notified. 

Contact details

  • Marianne Solvi-Eriksen
    Research advisor
    Telefon: +47 958 79 751
  • Inger Marie Sunde
    Telefon: +47 916 60 052