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Researcher (SKO 1109 Forsker) - Center for Research on Extremism

Deadline: 25.11.2022

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7500 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) is a cross-disciplinary center for the study of the extreme right, hate crime and political violence. The center was established in early 2016 and is a joint collaboration with five of the leading Norwegian institutions and three of the leading international universities on extremism research. The research focuses on both ideological and behavioral aspects right-wing extremism. In particular, C-REX concentrates on the following areas of research: (1) ideology and identity, (2) violence and hate crimes, (3) gender in extremism, (4) parties and movements, and (5) analyses of prevention and intervention. Geographically, the center concentrates on Europe.

C- REX, The Center for Research on Extremism

The Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) is a multi-disciplinary center for the study of right-wing extremism, hate crime and political violence. The center, hosted by Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, aims to develop cutting edge empirical and theoretical knowledge on far-right politics, right-wing extremism and terrorism, and serves as an international hub on multi-disciplinary research on right-wing extremism. C-REX also engages extensively in disseminating research-based knowledge to stakeholders, policy makers, the public, civil society organization, schools, and media.

Job description

A temporary position of researcher (SKO 1109) on transnational right-wing terrorism and extremism is available at Center for Research on Extremism, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.

The successful candidate is expected to initiate and lead research on transnational dimensions of right-wing terrorism and/or extremism. In this context, transnationalism refers to the diffusion and extension of social, ideological and strategic processes in between and beyond the sovereign jurisdictional boundaries of nation-states.The candidate is also expected to carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the center, most notably to engage with civil society organizations, practitioners and policymakers working to prevent terrorism and/or extremism.

The position is externally funded and available for a period of maximum 34 months, from 01.04.2023 – 31.01.2026. The position does not involve teaching but may involve some administrative and strategic tasks as a member of the senior staff at C-REX.

Formal qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree (Ph.D) in a relevant discipline (e.g., political science, sociology, anthropology, history and criminology).
  • For applicants who have yet to receive their PhD degree, the Doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline (25.11.2022). Such applicants should note the date of submission of their PhD in the cover letter. Appointment is dependent on successful completion of the public defense of the doctoral thesis.
  • A track-record of publications on transnational dimensions of right-wing terrorism and/or extremism in international peer-reviewed academic journals, or the potential to do so;
  • Excellent command of English language.

Other qualifications

  • Proven ability to communicate research findings to non-academic audiences, e.g. through publications or lectures aimed at a broader audience, including the general public, practitioner and/or policy makers;
  • The entrepreneurial and social skills necessary to develop and build C-REX as a research center
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly independent manner;

We offer

  • Salary according to “SKO 1109 Researcher”, pay grade 59 – 72 NOK 544 400 – 689 100 per year
  • Budget for travel and research assistance. Staff can apply for additional research support from the department and faculty
  • An academically stimulating and international working environment
  • A friendly and inclusive workplace
  • A good pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Fund
  • A good work-life balance and access to Norway’s excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordable and accessible childcare

How to apply

The online application must include the following items:

  • A cover letter (max 2 pages, including statement of motivation, summarizing research interests, and how the applicant will contribute to the department/project)
  • A CV summarizing education, positions, research and pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities
  • A complete list of publications (if not included in the CV)
  • Names and contact details for 2-3 reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number). Reference letter not needed.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system; please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application deadline is 25.11.2022. The screening and evaluation of the candidates will begin immediately. Candidates in the final evaluation will be asked to send in their best publications. We expect the whole evaluation process, from the application date to an offer is made, to take approximately 3 months, depending on the number of applications. Expected starting month is April 2023 (or a mutually-agreed upon date).

Contact information

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results, etc.

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.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

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