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Doctoral Research Fellowships Within Cultural History, Geological Times, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Oct 12, 2015

Deadline: Nov 04, 2015

Doctoral Research Fellowships Within Cultural History, Geological Times, University of Oslo


Two PhD Research Fellowships in cultural history and museology are available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. IKOS seeks to recruit two PhD candidates with excellent research qualifications who will both investigate the establishment of new regimes of historicity, in the 18th and the 21st century respectively. The successful candidates will join in with the vibrant and internationally oriented research community in cultural history and museology, where contemporary perspectives within heritage studies are in fruitful dialogues with historical approaches.

The main project, Geological times: Heritage and history of knowledge, aims to address the establishment of and changes in regimes of historicity within different time periods. The applicants will design the projects themselves, within the following frames:

One PhD will work with the archives of the Mining seminar at Kongsberg, and explore how new conceptions of geological time were negotiated in relation to wider knowledge cultures in the 18th century.

The second PhD will look at negotiations of temporality as geology becomes heritage, i.e. how geological, historical and possibly other times are present in museums of geology today.

The persons appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidates are expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of three years.


A Master's degree or equivalent in cultural history, museology or other relevant disciplines. The Master's Degree has to have been achieved by the time of application.

Qualifications and personal skills

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

We offer

  • salary level 50 - 56 (NOK 430 500-475 400, depending on qualifications)
  • a professionally stimulatinging working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • list of publications (if applicable)
  • transcript of records of your Master's degree. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (maximum 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)  

Our electronic recruitment system will ask you to upload the attachments in the above mentioned order. Transcript of records should be uploaded as 'Attachment' under 'Other'. Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

See also Guidelines for appointments to research fellowships at the Faculty of Humanities.

Short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.

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

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

If you have further questions, please contact:

Head of Research/Professor Arild Engelsen Ruud,

Professor Brita Brenna,

Senior Executive Officer Evian Nordstrand (questions on electionic application),

Region: Oslo

Job type: Contract

Working hours: Full-time

Working days: Day

Application deadline: 4 November 2015

Expected Start Date: 2016

Location: Oslo

Reference number: 2015/11153

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