Doctoral Research Fellowship within Internet Govenance, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Oct 21, 2015

Deadline: Nov 06, 2015

Doctoral Research Fellowship within Internet Govenance, University of Oslo

Three positions as doctoral research fellows in the field of Internet Governance are available at the Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law

Three positions as PhD research fellows are available, each for three years, to undertake research as part of the project “Security in Internet Governance and Networks: Analysing the Law” (SIGNAL). The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and UNINETT Norid AS. The appointees will work as part of a team at the Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law, University of Oslo, in collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of experts from other universities.

The period for each fellowship may be extended up to four (4) years, with teaching, supervision duties and research assistance constituting 25 % of the workload. A prerequisite for such an extension is that the appointee meets the current teaching needs of the Faculty of Law.

The SIGNAL project examines the legal regulatory structures for internet security by focusing on established, new and proposed legal security requirements, at both international and national levels, for critical internet infrastructure and cloud computing. The project has several objectives. These are to assess critically: (i) the degree to which the relevant legal security requirements take sensible account of internet development; (ii) the degree to which these requirements impact upon governance of critical internet infrastructure and cloud computing services; (iii) the extent to which intergovernmental organizations are exercising and able to exercise increasing influence on such governance; (iv) the degree to which the above legal security requirements engender fragmentation of the internet.

One of the appointed research fellows will undertake research on legal requirements relating to use of cryptography. The second appointee will undertake research on legal rules concerning the prevention of cybercrime. The third appointee will examine the role of intergovernmental organizations and international law in establishing security frameworks for critical internet infrastructure and cloud computing.

Although the focus of SIGNAL is on legal aspects of internet security, much of the research involved will be interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise in socio-economic, technological and political processes, along with law. Moreover, the research will focus not just on legally binding codes (“hard law”) but also a range of “soft law” initiatives (e.g., recommendations, guidelines, memoranda of understandings, technical standards and industry/branch codes of practice). It will also take account of regulatory policy in a variety of jurisdictions.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the applicants’ assumed academic and personal ability to complete their parts of the project within the given time frame, taking particular account of the interdisciplinary and interjurisdictional requirements of the SIGNAL project.

The project language is English and the applicants should therefore have an excellent command of the English language, written and spoken. A good command of a Scandinavian language is also an advantage, though not a condition.

As the project leader will define more precisely the research agendas of the doctoral research fellows, applicants do not need to submit an extensive project proposal. However, applicants are requested to submit a short proposal (maximum 5 pages) sketching how they would tackle the three prongs of the research project as outlined above, in light of the methodological challenges they envisage the research will present.

Applicants must hold a Norwegian master degree in law or its equivalent. Other education at the same level may be accepted, based on an assessment in each case, if the education is highly relevant to the subject matter and remit of the SIGNAL project.

Short-listed applicants may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

We offer

  • Salary based on salary level 50 - 57 ( NOK 430 500 - 483 700 - gross per year)
  • An inspiring, friendly and inclusive working environment
  • Favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

 The applicants should include

  • A letter of application (English)
  • Research proposal (maximum 5 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae with documentation of education, former positions and academic work (English)
  • Certified copies of certificates, diplomas with all grades, and a complete list of publications. Foreign diplomas (Master, Bachelor, and the like) must be provided in the original language as well as in an English or Scandinavian translation.
  • An explanation of foreign university grading systems.
  • A full publication list (English).
  • Up to three scholarly publications, with an overview indicating their relevance for this application. The submitted publications must be in English or in a Scandinavian language, unless otherwise specifically agreed upon beforehand. If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship and of the contribution of the applicant should be submitted.

See the guidelines concerning appointment to postdoctoral and research posts at UiO for more details.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act § 25 (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The government workforce should as far as possible reflect the diversity of the population.
In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested candidates regardless of for instance gender or ethnicity.

For further information concerning the SIGNAL project, please contact  the project leader Professor Lee A. Bygrave, Email:

Region: Oslo

Job type: Contract

Working hours: Full-time

Working days: Day

Location: Department of Private Law

Reference number: 2015/11781


Anna Gartner, research administration
Telephone: +47 22856606

Professor Lee A. Bygrave

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