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Researcher within the research project JEUX

Deadline: 16.10.2023

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 of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages is involved in extensive research, teaching and outreach in the fields of literature, area studies and linguistics within European languages apart from the Nordic ones. The Department has an active research environment with a wide range of international collaboration. Many of our researchers play a part in giving the general public insight into the results of this research. The Department has about 130 members of staff: approximately 80 in academic posts, approximately 30 Ph.D. fellows and postdoctoral fellows, and 18 in administrative posts. The Department has approximately 300 master students and 1000 bachelor students.

Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages

Job description

A temporary position as researcher (SKO 1109) is available at the Department of Literature, European Languages and Area Studies (ILOS), University of Oslo.

The position is funded by ERC (European Research Council) and forms part of the research project JEUX – Literary Games, Poetics and the Early-Modern Novel (101087560). JEUX investigates how literary authors model their own practice creatively through play. The project goes beyond traditional metaphors of literature as gameplay and investigates an actual literary game from theoretical, historical and empirical perspectives. To assess play as practice, JEUX will invite creative-writing students to play early-modern games and, thereby, pioneer a new methodological approach to explore cultural practices as a potential site for creativity, innovation and community also in the contemporary world.

More about the position

We invite applications for the position of Researcher in the project who will prepare, implement and analyse an empirical investigation of how today’s creative writing students play literary games. We seek applicants with experience in methods such as participatory observation, qualitative interviews and environmentally valid experimental designs.

In the application, the candidate is expected to submit 2 to 3 recent articles and to present a reflection paper on how the candidate would use their methods to investigate empirically a sample literary game [link]. The reflection paper should not exceed 2 pages, and also offer a perspective on how the results of the investigation could contribute to education in creative writing.

The position is available for a period of two and a half years.

The successful candidate is expected to become an active member of the project JEUX, to contribute to its overall development at project meetings, workshops and other events, as well as to disseminate project results. JEUX is linked to the interdisciplinary hub LCE (Literature, Cognition and Emotions).

Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in cultural anthropology, social anthropology, psychology, sociology, empirical literary studies or related fields.

Further requirements are:

  • Excellent research track record; ideally with demonstrated research excellence (commensurate with career stage) in the last five years
  • Experience with working across disciplines
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English. Fluency in French will be an advantage
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The research project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and contribute to JEUX
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines
  • Experience with outreach activities

We offer

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
  • List of publications
  • Reflection paper (approx. 2 pages, maximum 2,500 characters)
  • 2 or 3 research articles that the applicant wishes to be considered

Diplomas, certificates, 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. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.

The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

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

Contact information

  • Professor Karin Kukkonen (e-mail)
  • Head of Administration Karina Kleiva (e-mail)
  • HR Adviser Evian Nordstrand (e-mail) (For questions on how to apply)

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