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University of Oslo Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Theory, Norway

Publish Date: Nov 04, 2016

Deadline: Dec 18, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow in political theory (REFLEX project)

ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo (UiO) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) within the field of political theory and the study of professional expertise. The position is part of the research project 'Democracy and Expert Rule: The Quest for Reflexive Legitimacy' (REFLEX).

The appointment is for the duration of three years, with no teaching obligations (pliktarbeid). The position's proposed starting date is 1 April 2017.

ARENA is a multidisciplinary research centre at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. The centre promotes theoretically oriented, empirically informed studies seeking to analyse the dynamics of the evolving European systems of governance. It is highly renowned for its research on the transformation of Europe, and coordinates and participates in numerous international research projects and networks, mainly funded by European and Norwegian research programmes. Its international staff is conducive to a vibrant and integrated research community, where the working language is English.


The position forms part of the research project "Democracy and Expert Rule: The Quest for Reflexive Legitimacy" (REFLEX), which is financed by the Research Council of Norway's FRIPRO Toppforsk grant. REFLEX studies expertise in European decision making; how it is practiced and whether it can be justified. REFLEX enquires into the legal, organizational and political parameters for authorizing and holding different depoliticized bodies, e.g., agencies and the European Central Bank, to account. See more information about REFLEX.

The postdoctoral fellow will be part of and collaborate closely with the research group led by Professor Erik O. Eriksen at ARENA Centre for European Studies, which focuses on European depoliticized decision-making. The announced position is for a period of three years, fully devoted to research, with no teaching obligations.

The candidate shall be expected to participate in ongoing research at ARENA, aiming at high quality international publications. ARENA is an integrated research centre, and it is therefore presupposed that the candidate takes an active part in the relevant research group and collaborates with other researchers at ARENA. The postdoctoral fellow will be fully integrated in ARENA's research activities and its international networks.

Desired qualifications and personal skills

Candidates must hold a PhD in a relevant discipline within the social sciences, law or humanities. Applicants must have submitted their thesis for final and formal evaluation before the application deadline. A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a doctoral degree.

Applicants must hold the capacity to carry out independent academic work at a high level, preferably documented through publications in peer-reviewed international journals.

In assessing the applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic credentials of the applicant, the quality of the proposed research and suitability for the overall project. Potential candidates will be invited for an interview.

We offer

  • A starting pay NOK 494 800 – 567 100, depending on level of competence
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant, integrated and international research community
  • Comprehensive administrative support functions for externally funded grants
  • Good pension benefits under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
  • Good welfare benefits

The electronic application should include

  • Application letter (max. 2 pages)
  • Research proposal (max. 3 pages)
  • CV including education, academic employment, project experience and other qualifying activity
  • Academic transcripts (university degrees only)
  • Copy of PhD diploma or documentation of thesis submission
  • Two academic publications. Please note that there is no separate prompt for uploading such documents in the application portal. These must therefore be uploaded as separate "Attachments".
  • A complete list of publications
  • Names and contact details of two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

In the application letter, applicants should describe their academic background and qualifications, indicating the main theoretical approaches and empirical focus of their work to date. Applicants must also submit a brief proposal (max. 3 pages) where they describe the research they would like to carry out within the overall framework of the project. Applicants must further submit two academic publications, e.g. published articles, PhD thesis, as well as a complete list of publications.

The application and all supporting documents must be in English (copies of academic transcripts in a Scandinavian language will also be accepted).

Please refer to the guidelines concerning appointment to postdoctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual and 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.

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