In December 2014 the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) declared its commitment to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code). The Charter and Code consists of 40 principles describing best practice in Europe as to recruitment, working conditions and career development for researchers. The Charter also describes the responsibilities of researchers in terms of ethical norms, legal and contractual obligations. TØI’s initial declaration of commitment to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers is presented here:
TØI strongly supports European efforts to promote researcher mobility in Europe. TØI will implement the Charter & Code as an instrument to raise awareness and quality in the work on recruitment, working conditions and career development for researchers, as well as an active instrument in its strategical efforts to increase international activities.
This website provides information on TØI’s implementation of the Charter and Code, as well as on institutional actions and good practices of relevance to the Charter & Code.
At TØI we offer good working conditions and career opportunities for researchers. However, the Charter and Code principles encourage us to strive for further improving in this important area.
TØI has completed a self-evaluation process based on the statement's principles in relation to common practice at TØI and produced a GAP- analysis as well as a two-year action plan for the development of human resources. TØI’s GAP-analysis confirms that Norwegian legislation, our policies and guidelines are in line with the Charter and Code principles. The Gap-analysis demonstrates TØIs policies, guidelines, and the practicing of policies and guidelines to be in line with the Charter and Code principles, in most cases. We acknowledge this as a continuous improvement process and have identified some areas to focus on in the coming years.
The efforts included in the TØI Action Plan for the implementation of the Charter & Code are firmly embedded in the TØI Strategy.
Good practices at TØI (some documents in oroginal language)
1. Ethical and Professional Aspects:
Open Access: TØIs publications are registered in CRISTIN and are accessed openly in TØIs Archive of Knowledge (TØIs Vitenarkiv).
2. Recruitment and Mobility
PhD programs for TØI employees
Postdoctoral Scholarships at NFR / Individual Fellowships from Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
3. Working Conditions and Social Security
4. Training and Professional Development
TØI is determined to provide employees with professional possibilities and means to excel within the organization.
The evaluation of researchers in relation to the position system at TØI is based on academic competence, experience with applied R&D and other relevant characteristics significant to the Institute's general activities and character. In this lies the emphasis on diversity and hiring researchers with a variety of competence profiles. Furthermore, individual performance alone is not sufficient to qualify for promotion. Researchers` ability and willingness to cooperate is a necessary imperative for carrying out TØIs activities. According to TØIs purpose, strategy, and goals all employees are to be given opportunities to develop their competencies.
Development Discussion and Performance Assessment (MAS)