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PhD Research Fellow in Sociology, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Jun 05, 2015

Deadline: Jul 03, 2015


There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for a PhD research fellow (SKO 1017) in Sociology. The position is for a period of up to 4 years with 25 % compulsory work (primarily teaching at the Department).

Job description

The position forms part of Prof. Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund's research project "Growth, Equal Opportunities, Migration and Market (GEMM)" funded by the European Research Council (Horizon 2020). The project will analyze obstacles to the successful incorporation of migrants, and assess ethnic inequality in the labour market. The project includes about 30 researchers within 8 European countries and aims to deliver a set of policy recommendations on how migrants can contribute to the economy and society. Empirically the project will utilize register and survey data, and a large field experiment conducted in Norwegian. Knowledge of simulation techniques would also be relevant. More information on the project, including project description, can be obtained here.


Applicants must have a master's degree/second-level degree in Sociology. The master's thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. The applicant must provide a tentative description (approx. 5 pages) of a PhD research project that she or he wants to carry out during the fellowship period. The project description should include an account of how the project relates to GEMM. The person who is hired will be co-responsible for carrying out the field experiment, and must therefore be fluent in spoken and written Norwegian. The position requires that the person who is hired participates in the Faculty of Social Sciences' organised research education programme (PhD programme) and that the work results in a doctorate in Sociology. The person who is hired will automatically be admitted to the PhD programme.

The hiring process will include an interview. In addition to an overall evaluation of the applicant's grades, particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project proposal and the master's thesis. Reference is also made to the applicable guidelines for appointing research fellows at the University of Oslo.

We offer:

  • salary in pay grade 50-57 (NOK 430 500 - 483 700), depending on competence
  • an academically stimulating working environment
  • a good pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

The electronic application should include:

  • A letter of Application
  • Project proposal (approx. 5 pages) which should include the topic, relevant theory and methods, and a work plan
  • CV with full summary of education, practice and academic employment. The period of enrolment (admission-completion) in the master's study programme must be specified
  • Academic transcripts (university degrees only)
  • Copy of Master's degree diploma
  • Master's thesis. Please note that there is no separate prompt for uploading your thesis in the electronic application. Your thesis must therefore be registered as an "Attachment"
  • Complete list of publications and any academic work.

The application and all supporting documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.


According to the Norwegian Law "Offentlighetsloven §25.2 ledd", information about the applicant can be published even though the applicant has requested not to be included in the public list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.

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

Job type:  Contract

Working hours: Full-time

Working days: Day

Application deadline: 3 July 2015

Reference number:  2015/6077

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Head of Administration Inger-Lise Schwab
Telephone: +47 22 85 52 55

Head of research in sociology Arne Mastekaasa
Telephone: +47 22 85 67 57

Professor Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund
Telephone: +47 22844051


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