University of Bergen the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies
The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.
Applications are invited for a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Literature at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, from 1 August 2018. The position is associated with the research group for Radical Philosophy and Literature (RFL) and the project “Forms of Violence. Aesthetics and Politics in Times of Terror.”
About the project/work tasks
The project investigates aesthetic aspects of today’s “paradigm of violence” from a historical, geographical and gendered perspective. The postdoctoral project must be linked to one or more of these dimensions, emphasizing the relationship between aesthetics, politics and change. The postdoctoral position should also contribute to the development of the project’s overall theoretical perspectives. Applicants may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of the project description.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or equivalent foreign degree, or must have submitted the doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded before appointment can take place.
The applicant must be able to document solid theoretical training. It is an advantage, but not an absolute requirement, that the applicant has knowledge of radical philosophy in the tradition from Marx, Freud and Nietzsche, with special regard to the relation between aesthetics and (radical) change, aesthetics, and ideology, or to aesthetics and affective affects (e.g., Deleuze, Badiou, Spivak, Rancière, Butler, Žižek). It is also an advantage if the applicant has previously worked with problems similar to those addressed by the “Forms of Violence” project (violence, aesthetics, politics), either separately or in combination.
About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:
The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The successful applicant shall prepare a plan for qualifying for top academic positions in cooperation with the head of Department. The applicants must submit a proposal for this qualification plan.
It is a premise that the successful applicant will complete the project within the stipulated period of employment.
The fixed-term period for this position is 4 years. 1 year of this period (25% of the position) is designated for duties such as teaching/supervision and administration. Duties will be allocated over the four year period and an agreement concerning the actual work load will be made with the department at the time of employment.
Candidates cannot be employed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one fixed term period at the same institution.
The postdoctoral position demands that the successful candidate has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.
A good and professionally challenging working environment.
Salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1352/Pay range 24) in the state salary scale, currently approx. NOK 490.500 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
Good welfare benefits.
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
How to apply:
Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site: “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must complete the electronic CV-form. In addition the application must include the following documents:
A project description (max. 5 pages)
A progress plan for the project
A bibliography for the project description
A short summary of the doctoral thesis (If the doctorate is from a non-Norwegian university, the entire thesis must be submitted)
Transcripts and diplomas awarded from institutions of higher education (scanned) and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
Maximum 5 relevant academic publications
The names and contact information for two reference persons
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge. All attachments must be in Word or pdf format.
Applicants who would like an assessment of scholarly work written in a language other than Scandinavian (Norwegian, Danish or Swedish) or English, will have to contact the coordinator of the relevant research group (please see above) to enquire whether this is possible.
Application deadline: 24 June 2018
Please mark your application: 2018/6243
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