Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) invites applicants to write a PhD as part of a research project focusing on female manufacturing workers in Ethiopia, a country with one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. A multidisciplinary project, combining micro-economic household surveys with ethnographic interviews, this research will provide new knowledge on the conditions for female empowerment in authoritarian growth regimes.

The project investigates how women's participation in the labour market impacts on gender roles and on women's participation in society through interest groups, and intends to answer the question: What is the impact of economic growth, through formal female employment, on the empowerment of women? For more information, see

The research project is based at CMI in Bergen, and is undertaken in cooperation with Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, University of Leiden, the Netherlands, and individual researchers in several countries.


  • MA or equivalent university degree
  • Background in political science, economics, or anthropology
  • Solid quantitative data skills
  • Academic or practical experience from relevant fields

English is the working language of the project. Candidate must have sufficient command of the English language to participate in discussions and write the PhD in English. Knowledge of Ethiopian language(s) is considered as an advantage.

To enable synergies with the rest of the research group it is a condition that the PhD candidate is based in Bergen during the grant period. The grant period is 4 years, including one year of work for CMI as host institution. It is a condition that the candidate applies and is admitted to a relevant doctoral programme within the first six months of the project period.

We offer:

  • An exciting opportunity to combine research excellence with policy influence
  • The chance to be part of the leading multidisciplinary development research institute in Scandinavia
  • A competitive salary reflecting CMI’s pay scale

To apply:

Deadline for application is March 15, 2015. We accept only applications via e-mail to

Please submit the following to the above address, citing ‘PhD Women in Ethiopia” in the subject field:

  • A short (1-3 pages) project proposal describing what you will focus on for the PhD and how you see this within the framework of the broader project. The application should state your motivation for applying for a PhD within this project and describe aspects of your background and experience that would be of value for the project
  • CV
  • A sample of your writing (in English)
  • Two referees that can be contacted, including contact details.

For additional information please contact Lovise Aalen (project leader),, tel. +47 41087082.