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University of Oslo Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Multilingual Aphasia, Norway

Publish Date: Sep 12, 2016

Deadline: Nov 01, 2016

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Multilingual Aphasia

One Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) and one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) are available at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, starting November 2016. The fellowships are funded by the University of Oslo’s investment in developing world-leading research communitiesand are part of one of MultiLing’s new research projects, “Language and Communication in Multilingual Speakers with Aphasia in Norway”(MultiLing Aphasia).

MultiLing is a Center of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and opened on June 1, 2013. It aims to generate scientific knowledge on multilingualism across the lifespan, related to three themes: Individual multilingual competence, multilingual language practices, and management of multilingualism in society. The project is part of MultiLing’s research theme “Multilingual Competence”.

MultiLing seeks to recruit one doctoral candidate and one postdoctoral candidate with excellent research qualifications who will work with members of the research project “MultiLing Aphasia”.

The project aims to study how converging and contrastive linguistic structures contribute to (1) the observed impairments in multilingual speakers with aphasia, and (2) cross-language effects following aphasia treatment. The project further aims to explore (3) the advantages and disadvantages of administering therapy in one language versus implementing the use of multiple languages when treating multilingual individuals with aphasia, and (4) what assessment measures can be used across languages to determine degree of impairment and recovery of language and communication in multilingual individuals with aphasia.

The doctoral candidate should indicate how his or her research project relates to the overarching project. The postdoctoral candidate will be in charge of contributing to the design of experiments, of carrying out data collection, conducting analyses aimed at answering one or more of the research questions, and of writing articles for journal publications.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of MultiLing’s research environment and contribute to its development. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen the relevant research areas addressed in the MultiLing Aphasia project, to contribute to and participate in the various workshops, conferences and activities organized by MultiLing, and to be an active member of the MultiLing team in Oslo.

The positions are available for a period of three years, starting November 1, 2016. For the doctoral position, the fellowship period may be reduced if the PhD candidate has previously been employed in a research fellowship position.

The successful doctoral candidate must participate in the research training program organized by the Faculty of Humanities (cf. regulations and supplementary provisions for the faculty’s researcher education) and must engage in the designated research activities on a full-time basis. The purpose of the Doctoral Research Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation (monograph or article-based) to be defended at a public defense for the doctoral degree. The successful candidate will be automatically accepted for the research-training program (PhD program) at the Faculty of Humanities, UiO. Read more about the doctoral degree.

For the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship there is a 10% duty component devoted to teaching or other qualifying work for MultiLing. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and its relevance for the research project “MultiLing Aphasia”. For the Doctoral position, special emphasis will also be placed on the assumed academic and personal ability to complete the dissertation within the given time frame. For the Postdoctoral position, we seek strongly motivated, competent and internationally oriented candidates, with high-ranking academic qualifications in the relevant area of research.


  • For the Doctoral position, the candidate must have an MA degree or equivalent in Linguistics, Communication, Psychology, Special Needs Education/ Speech and Language Therapy, or some other relevant discipline related to MultiLing’s work (note the requirement of a minimum 2 year MA or equivalent).
  • For the Postdoctoral position, the candidate should have a PhD degree or equivalent in the same academic subjects. For the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, the doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline.
  • Excellent written and spoken language skills in English.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

One or more of the following additional qualifications will be an advantage:

  • Knowledge of one or more of the minority languages used in Norway.
  • Knowledge of Norwegian is an advantage, but not a requirement.

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation.
  • The project’s relevance for the MultiLing Aphasia project.
  • For doctoral candidates, interest in experimental psycholinguistic methods and statistics. For postdoctoral candidates, knowledge and experience with experimental psycholinguistic methods and statistics.
  • The applicant’s international experience and network.
  • The applicant’s academic and personal qualifications to carry out the project within the allotted time frame.
  • Good cooperative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In the case of equally qualified applicants, an applicant proposing a project that addresses issues relevant for the multilingual situation in Norway will be given preference. Candidates with a minority language background relevant for the multilingual situation in Norway are encouraged to apply.

We offer

  • Doctoral position: salary level 50-56 (NOK 430 500 - 475 400, depending on level of expertise)
  • Postdoctoral position: 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:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and a specification of how the proposed project relates to the MultiLing Aphasia project (maximum 2 pages).
  • Project description (5 pages) for the research to be undertaken, including the topic of the project, issues to be examined, the chosen theoretical and methodological approach and a feasible progress plan. See the template for research proposals.
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications).
  • Grade transcripts from educational institutions attended.
  • Names and contact details of two references (name, relation to candidate, email address and telephone number)

Please note that all documents must be in English.

Publications, MA theses or PhD theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works at a later date.

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

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions and Guidelines for appointments to research fellowships at the Faculty of Humanities.

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 ethnic minority backgrounds.

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