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University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Social Anthropology, Norway

Publish Date: Apr 11, 2016

Deadline: Jun 04, 2016

University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Social Anthropology

One Ph. D. fellowship in social anthropology is vacant at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo.

The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway as part of the project Materializing Kinship: Cycles of life at the Norwegian 'hytte' (MATKIN), directed by Prof. Marianne Lien. The successful applicant will design and undertake an independent sub-project based on fieldwork situated in selected hytte areas in Norway, with a focus on material and landscape practices, kin relations, everyday life and mobility in relation to the life at the hytte.  The PhD candidate will form part of a project research group and will take part in workshops, conferences and an exhibition convened as part of the project. Applicants must have good spoken and written command of a Scandinavian language and of English.

The position is for three years. A four-year position with 25% teaching, supervision and examination can be offered to candidates where the Department has suitable work load, depending on teaching abilities and language.


Applicants must have at least five years higher education including a two-year master's degree or equivalent in social anthropology. The successful candidate must participate in the research training organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences (the PhD programme) and undertake research that will lead to the award of a PhD in social anthropology. Applicants are referred to the Guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at a university or university college. The candidate who is offered the PhD position will automatically be accepted for the PhD programme. When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project and to the project description.

Applicants must provide a detailed project description outlining the work to be undertaken for their proposed project (maximum 5 pages - not including reference list). The project description must include the theme of the project, issues to be examined, the chosen theoretical and methodological approach and a progress plan. The successful candidates are expected to complete their projects before expiry of the PhD position.

We offer

  • Pay grade 50 - 57 (NOK 430 500 – 483 700 per annum)
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Good pension benefits under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
  • good welfare benefits

For your information

Interviews will be part of the appointment process.

The applicant is requested to highlight up to five academic publications for particular consideration during the assessment process. Copies of these works must be made available on request.

A full project description for the MATKIN project is available upon request.

The electronic application should include:

  • Application letter, including a short description of the applicant's academic profile, how the applicant sees his or her academic orientation fitting in with the core areas of the project and how the applicant wishes to contribute to the project
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
  • Project description and progress plan (maximum 5 pages) for the work to be undertaken as part of the MATKIN project
  • A complete list of publications
  • Names and contact details of 3 persons for references

Academic works, educational certificates and letters of recommendation may be required from the shortlisted candidates, but should not be included in the application. The CV must include a list of education, with grades. International applicants must attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions.

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.

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

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender representation in the workforce and to recruit individuals with immigrant backgrounds.


Head of Administration Nina Rundgren
Telephone: +47 22856527

Professor Marianne Lien
Telephone: +47 93208395

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