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Researcher associated with the ERC-funded project "Dynamic Territory"
Universitetet i Oslo
The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.
The Department embraces four disciplines: Philosophy, Classical Languages (Greek and Latin), History of Ideas and Art History. The Department is also responsible for the introductory philosophy courses, obligatory for all students attending study programmes at the University of Oslo. The Department has about 110 employees.
Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas
A one-year Research Fellowship (SKO 1109) is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo.
The Research Fellowship is funded by the European Research Council and is associated with the project Dynamic Territory: A Normative Framework for Territory in the Post-Holocene (grant agreement number 948964).
We are looking for candidates whose project contributes to one or more of work packages 2, 3, 4 or 5. The overall aim of Dynamic Territory is to lay down a normative framework for territory in a global context where geographic, climatic, and demographic conditions are no longer stable, predictable, and fixed, but constantly changing.
More about the position
Topics that the research fellow might explore include, but are not limited, to: ecosystem-based approaches and place-based management and their role in territorial governance; justice in relocation for individuals/communities who will lose their territories as a result of climate change; the role of indigenous worldviews in the conservation of Global Public Goods; polycentric governance of Global Public Goods, and how it harmonizes (or not) with traditional conceptions of sovereignty; nonhuman animals as territorial agents; the political and legal representation of the nonhuman natural world in territorial governance; and normative approaches to migration in the context of global climate change.
The research may be in geography, international law, philosophy, political theory, or other relevant related disciplines or interdisciplinary approaches (e.g. environmental studies). Preference will be given to applicants with an interdisciplinary background within the relevant related disciplines. The successful candidate is expected to produce two peer-reviewed articles.
The position is available for a period of one year.
The successful candidate is expected to be based in Oslo during the project period, starting on January 1st, 2025 at the latest. They will actively collaborate with the project’s team, and participate in the Practical Philosophy Group and other departmental activities.
Qualification requirements and personal skills
- PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in geography, international law, philosophy, political theory or other relevant related disciplines, or PhD with an interdisciplinary profile in relevant related disciplines (e.g. environmental studies).
- The candidate's research questions must be connected to Work Packages 2-5 of Dynamic Territory.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:
- The research project’s scientific merit and novelty, and its relevance for Dynamic Territory in general and Work packages 2-5 in particular.
- The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame.
- The interdisciplinary background of the candidate and/or their willingness to engage with interdisciplinary research.
- Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.
How to apply
The application must include:
- Letter of application describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position.
- Project proposal (3-5 pages, following the template) showing how it will contribute to Dynamic Territory’s research plan, and a time schedule for the planned work. It is expected that the applicant will produce at least 2 peer-reviewed articles during the period of appointment.
- CV in English (maximum 2 pages), summarizing education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities.
- Complete list of published and unpublished works. If a co-authored work is included, the applicant's role must be made clear.
- Copies of grades and transcripts. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system.
- A sample of published or unpublished academic work that the applicant regards relevant for the position (max 40 pages). If the publications are co-authored, the applicant’s role must be documented with a coauthor declaration.
- Names and contact details of three references.
The doctoral thesis and other academic works may be requested later.
Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, jobbnorge.no.
The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.
According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.
Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.
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