Vacancy for a researcher within the project "Hidden Companies of the Global Economy"

Job Announcement

NTNU Trondheim, Norway has a vacancy for a researcher for a 9-month position within the project "The Hidden Companies of the Global Economy: the Development of Global Commodity Traders, 1945-2015", funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) and NTNU. The project explores the historical importance of commodity trading companies after 1945. See the project website  for more information about the project.

The project investigates the development of global commodity traders after 1945. Secretive and anonymous, a handful of large companies dominate the trading of the basic commodities that the modern world needs to function. Due to their low profile, these companies have been characterized as the “hidden companies” of the global economy. This project focuses on the history of specialized trading companies to increase our understanding of the historical development of the global flow of resources and of economic globalization.

The researcher will work closely with Professor Espen Storli and contribute towards the full project by developing a subproject analyzing issues relating to the historical development of commodity trading companies. To receive a full description of the Hidden Companies research project, please contact Espen Storli ( Any other inquiries concerning the posts may also be directed to him.

Applications should preferably hold a PhD in history or closely related fields, but applicants with an MA in history will also be considered. In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on candidates with active research portfolios.

The gross salary for the position of researcher (code 1108 or 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 460 000,- – 615 000,- before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

The application must include:

  • A cover letter including a statement of interest and motivation.
  • A project proposal of not more than three pages outlining the research agenda and how the researcher will contribute towards the Hidden Companies project
  • A full CV and list of publications
  • Electronic copies of relevant publications
  • The names and e-mail addresses of two references.

Application deadline: September 15th, 2020

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