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University of Oslo Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Multilingualism and Globalization, Norway

Publish Date: Jul 01, 2016

Deadline: Sep 01, 2016

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Multilingualism and Globalization

One Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) and one Post-Doctoral 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 communities and are part of one of MultiLing’s new research project “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”.

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 (for more information, see

MultiLing seeks to recruit one doctoral candidate and one postdoctoral candidate with excellent research qualifications who will work with members of the research project “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”, which is part of MultiLing’s research theme “The management of multilingualism”.

The project seeks to study the role of English and other languages in Norway’s contemporary multilingual landscape. In order to understand globalization, migration and changing social and economic conditions, there is a need to focus not only on English but also on the complexity of interlocking languages in any context. This project aims to investigate these interactions between global and local forces. The aim of the project “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”is thus to investigate the cultural politics of English as an international language in the context of the multilingual situation in a variety of Norwegian contexts.

For each position, applicants are expected to present an independent research project proposal that addresses an issue of relevance for the research project “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”.

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 above, 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 “Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway”. 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, Anthropology, 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.
  • Both positions require good knowledge of methodology for the study of spoken and/or written interaction and the ability to carry out fieldwork involving relevant methods of data collection and analysis.
  • 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 at least one minority language used in Norway, such as Sami, Kven, Russian, Punjabi, Turkish, Arabic, or Polish, or any other language commonly used in the potential research sites.
  • Knowledge of Norwegian is an advantage, but not a requirement.
  • Background in linguistic ethnographic research in multilingual settings, or experience with attitudinal studies.

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

  • The project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation.
  • 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

  • PhD 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 arrangements


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 research project Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway (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.

See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships and the guidelines concerning applointments to research fellowships at the Faculty of Humanities.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic 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.

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.


Head of Administration Mari Otnes
Telephone: +47 22 85 68 83

HR Officer Hilde Kristine Sletner

Pia Lane
Telephone: +47 22845695

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