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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Environmental History or Environmental Law in China Connected to the Project Airborne, Norway

Publish Date: Sep 12, 2016

Deadline: Oct 10, 2016

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Environmental History or Environmental Law in China Connected to the Project Airborne

A post-doctoral research fellowship in environmental history or environmental law in China is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo, connected to the research project Airborne. The post-doctoral research fellowship period is three years. There is a 10 percent component of the position that is devoted to teaching and administrative duties.

The fellowship is part of the interdisciplinary research project Airborne: Pollution, Climate Change and Visions of Sustainability in China. Airborne engages 14 scholars from Norway, China and the US working within the academic disciplines of China studies, anthropology, media science, political science, and chemistry. The successful candidate is expected to join the Airborne research team, and also be part of the broader China studies environment at the department, joining collegial meetings and seminars.

Thematic focus

The fellowship is announced in the fields of “China’s environmental history” and “environmental law in China”. Candidates should formulate a research project focusing on a specific topic within one of these fields. Members of the Airborne team are already engaged in studies of (historical) media discourses and conceptual change, policy inplementation, and popular perceptions of air pollution. With this postdoctoral fellowship we are seeking to broaden our research into the areas of environmental law and/or environmental history in China. Projects do not need to focus on air pollution, but candidates should account for their proposal’s relevance for the larger Airborne project (see website for further details about Airborne). Candidates are expected to be able to speak Chinese and base their research in Chinese written and/or oral sources. The candidate will be part of the Airborne research group, and we expect the research proposals to be firmly based within the humanities and/or social sciences.


  • The successful candidate must have completed a PhD thesis in China studies, history, law or any relevant discipline within the humanities or social sciences.
  • Competence in the form of Chinese language relevant for the proposed research project and for participation in the Airborne team.
  • The candidate's research project must be relevant for the broader research topic ofAirborne.
  • Motivation for the post and willingness to participate actively in the Airborneresearch group.

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

  • The project's scientific merit and relevance.
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame.
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability and willingness to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across the disciplines covered by Airborne.
  • The applicant's previous experience (at MA or preferably PhD level) of doing research into the topic of China's environmental history or environmental law in China.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.

We offer

  • Salary level 57 - 65 (NOK 483 700 - 560 700, depending on level of expertise)
  • A challenging and stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits


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

  • Letter of application
  • Project description of 5-10 pages, including a schedule of planned activities.
  • The project description must include a clear description of the empirical and theoretical aim of the project, the methodical approach, and the project's relevance for Airborne. 
  • A summary of the doctoral dissertation of maximum 3 pages.
  • List of publications
  • Curriculum Vitae

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results. The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with 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 of the public application list.

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