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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Department of Social Anthropology)

Deadline: 19.06.2019

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University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position

There are two vacancies for postdoctoral research fellow positions with the Frontlines of Value program led by Professor Don Kalb within the Department of Social Anthropology. The positions are for a period of two years and four months.

We are looking for two creative, independent, and ambitious junior researchers (F/M) who want to contribute to a dynamic, interdisciplinary, research program that addresses core issues in contemporary capitalist transformations.

About the project/work tasks:

For Frontlines of Value, see:


One position involves research in close collaboration with the project leader on “the contradictions of creative classes in Europe” and will include urban ethnographic research in Southern Europe. The other position is for a more independent project that addresses key issues within the Frontlines of Value program.

Candidates will be expected to participate actively in the Frontlines of Value program and associated meetings, and seek the interdisciplinary environment offered by the program (with anthropology as a dominant discipline).

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicants must hold a PhD in anthropology (candidates with phd’s in geography, sociology etc may also be considered if they can demonstrate skills in qualitative and ethnographic research). It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Candidates with demonstrable familiarity with anthropological political economy and contemporary conversations around value are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • CV must include a list of publications. Active research and publication orientation is required for both positions.
  • Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

Potential candidates may be invited to the department for an interview, and might be asked to hold a trial lecture in a given topic.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

For the independent project, a research proposal of 4 pages must accompany the application (for the other position this is not necessary). The proposal should contain a progress plan for the different parts of the research work, as well as a plan regarding publishing. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment. The assumption is one year for research, one year for writing.

A budget must be set up for operating expenses.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 59-62(code 1352) on the government salary scale upon appointment. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 515 200 - 544 400 before taxes.Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW).
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter including a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Practical questions about the application process should be directed to Adviser Anita Helen Spurkeland, e-mail: [email protected]

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position. We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

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