Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position in Socio-Legal Studies

Søknadsfrist: 24.06.2021

Fakultet for lærerutdanning og internasjonale studier (LUI) har ca. 550 ansatte og 7000 studenter, og holder til i Oslo og Akershus. Fakultetet består av fire institutter og Nasjonalt senter for flerkulturell opplæring (NAFO). Fakultetet utdanner fremtidens lærere fra barnehage til og med videregående skole, i nært samarbeid med praksisfeltet. Fakultetet tilbyr ph.d. i utdanningsvitenskap for lærerutdanning. I tillegg tilbyr fakultetet utviklingsstudier og utdanning i tegnspråk og tolking. Mangfold er en kjerneverdi for fakultetets virksomhet. Forsknings- og utviklingsarbeidet er profesjonsrettet, praksisnært og internasjonalt orientert.

Institutt for internasjonale studier og tolkeutdanning (IST) har ledende fagmiljøer innen mangfold, tolking, global utvikling og internasjonal utdanning, og virksomheten kjennetegnes av utstrakt internasjonalt samarbeid. Instituttet tilbyr bachelorutdanning i utviklingsstudier, tolking og tegnspråk, samt masterutdanning i internasjonal utdanning og utvikling. Instituttet tilbyr også en rekke videreutdanninger innen mangfoldsstudier.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position in Socio-Legal Studies

The Faculty of Education and International Studies announces one post-doctoral fellowship position in socio-legal studies affiliated with Riverine Rights research project in the Section for International Development in the Department of International Studies and Interpreting.

The position is linked to the project Riverine Rights – Exploring the Currents and Consequences of Legal Innovations on the Rights of Rivers, which is financed by the FRIPRO Programme of the Norwegian Research Council (please see this link). The project investigates cases from New Zealand, Colombia and India where rivers have been granted legal personhood, and the implications of these cases.

The position is fully funded for three years, available as soon as possible.

Applicants must submit a project proposal with the application, outlining the main objective, the background for the proposed project, theoretical framework, research question(s) and expected finding, and methods. The project description must be in written in English.

Tasks and responsibilities

The post-doctoral fellow will be a full member of the project team Riverine Rights and will

  • Carry out research on international dimensions of the rights of rivers, to complement the project’s three country case studies. (This could for instance be on cases of legal personhood for nature or river rights in other countries, or on the global movement for the development and spread of ideas and norms related to the Rights of Rivers/Rights of Nature and legal personhood.)
  • Contribute to the overall implementation of the research project
  • Submit project research to academic publications, and communicate research to the general public
  • Participate in research collaboration with national and international partners

There is a possibility that the position might be extended to four years, with the additional year dedicated to teaching. In that case, tasks will also include:

  • Teaching and supervision in international development studies at BA and MA levels

Required qualifications and terms:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree
  • Disciplinary background in the social sciences (understood to include also relevant approaches from law or philosophy)
  • Relevant research experience
  • Ability to communicate well in English, both verbally and in written form.
  • A strong record of academic publication (relative to time after initiating PhD research)
  • Experience with dissemination of research findings

When assessing and ranking the qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • Experience of studying socio-legal issues i.e. issues intersecting law and society
  • Specialization in one or more of the following inter-disciplinary fields: environmental governance, environmental law, resource conflicts, indigenous rights, social theory on nature-society relationships and post-humanist theory, or other issues central to the project
  • The scientific quality of the project proposal, including originality and potential
  • The relevance of the project to the Riverine Rights project
  • Attached scientific work
  • Other relevant publications
  • Experience from previous research activities and project participation
  • Personal qualities that can contribute positively to the working environment
  • Proven ability to work independently and within a research team.
  • Experience with national and international research collaboration
  • Strong language skills in relevant languages
  • Teaching experience at the college and university level can be an asset

If a fourth year be included:

  • Qualifications for teaching in the OsloMet BA and MA courses in international development studies

Oslo Metropolitan University strives to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the population of the region. We work continuously to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace, and to adapt the workplace if required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, also those who have experienced periods without work, education or training.

We offer:

  • an opportunity to take part in an innovative and exciting research project
  • a dynamic professional environment and unique professional network
  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest university
  • participation in a dynamic and diverse academic community
  • good loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good employee welfare arrangements

Further information:

For further information about the position, please contact:

The position is remunerated in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service and OsloMets salary policy 1352 Postdoc. The salary is NOK 523.200 – 682 200 per year, depending on level of competence / length of service.

Expert evaluation:

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. All applications will be reviewed by the faculty before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee. Applications from applicants who are not qualified, will not be forwarded for assessment.

The following documents must be uploaded together with the application by the deadline:

an application letter CV, references and all pages of all certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Diplomas must be in a Scandinavian language or translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. a project proposal of a maximum of three pages, written in English. This proposal, even if tentative, is meant to show the applicant’s understanding of the project and its approach. Candidates are therefore recommended to read the full project description. A link can be found here, the PhD thesis, plus up to three additional scientific publications a list of publications

Original documents of certificates / diplomas must be presented in connection with an interview. Oslo Metropolitan University inspects documents in order to give all candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact [email protected]

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying and provide reasons for why you are particularly qualified for this postdoctoral fellowship position.

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

In order to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the “Apply for this job” button.

Oslo Metropolitan University has implemented the Charter & Code and been certified by the EU Commission with HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) and is part of the EU network for mobility of Researchers Euraxess.

OsloMet er Charter & Code sertifisert av EU-kommisjonen med rettigheter til å bruke logoen HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) og medlem i nettverket EURAXESS som bidrar til gode arbeidsforhold for mobile forskere. OsloMet har sluttet seg til prinsippene og forpliktet institusjonen til å følge anbefalingene i DORA-erklæringen (sfdora.org) (The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment).

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