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Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology

Deadline: 23.02.2020

Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology

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 Social Anthropology is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Since its establishment in 1964, the Department has been a leading anthropological research and teaching environemnt internationally. It is one of the largest university departments for social anthropology in Europe and the largest in the Nordic countries, offering a broad and creative work environment. Approximately 400 students are currently enrolled in the Bachelor and Master programmes at the Department. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a PhD program, with 330 students currently enrolled. Of these, about thirty are currently following the study track in Social Anthropology.

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Applications are invited for a 4 years position as Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) of Social Anthropology to be based at the Department of Social Anthropology. Starting date no later than October 1st.

The applicant’s proposed research should complement the ongoing research in the Department. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen the research area she/he relates to, and to contribute to and participate in research activities at the Department. More information about research strategies and areas can be found on the Department's website.

Job description

The Department wishes to recruit a candidate with excellent research qualifications within Social Anthropology. The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of four years, 25 % of which will be devoted to teaching duties and some administration.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify academics for work in higher academic positions within the discipline. The position may include fieldwork, but the main emphasis should be placed on publishing and development of pedagogical qualifications.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Social Anthropology. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved. Applicants should have obtained their doctoral degree within the last 5 years of the date of appointment. Extra time will be granted for parental leave.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the project description, as well as the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. A good match between the candidate’s proposal and the Department’s research activities and teaching portfolio is a main selection criterion, along with the quality of the proposal and the qualifications of the candidate.

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 – 627 700 per annum depending on qualifications
  • academically stimulating working environment
  • funds for research, travel, conference participation and dissemination, books and equipment
  • favourable pension benefits
  • attractive employee benefits

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • project description, including progress plan (max. 5 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications

Selected candidates will be asked to submit

  • 3 pieces of academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The project description must include the theme of earlier projects that this work will build on, issues to be examined, the chosen theoretical and methodological approach and a detailed progress plan for publications.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Jobbnorge, please follow the link “Send application”. International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure 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.

Contact information

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