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4 Doctoral Research Fellowships at the Faculty of Theology

Deadline: 02.06.2023

Universitetet i Oslo

Founded in 1811, the University of Oslo (UiO) 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.

One of Europe’s leading universities, UiO consistently ranks among the top 50 in the world in the field of “Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies” (QS World University Rankings 2022).

The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo has a total of approx. 70 staff and 350 students. The faculty conducts research in the fields of biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, practical theology, diaconal and interreligious studies and offers programmes for the theological education for clerical ministry as well as a number of other academic study programmes within the field of religion.

Job description

The Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, invites applicants for up to 4 Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1017) in theology/religious studies.

Deadline: 02.06.2023

Starting date is 01.02.2024

Up to two PhD-positions will be allocated to each of our two academic units: The unit for biblical studies and church history, and the unit for contemporary theology, religious studies, interreligious studies, and practical theology, respectively. Applicants are required to develop a Ph.D. project that is thematically relevant to current research at the Faculty.

More about the position

The appointment is for a period of 3 years, with the possibility of a one year extension. All Ph.D. candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment within 3 years after employment will be offered a 12-month Completion Grant. During the period of the Completion Grant, the candidate performs activities connected to pedagogical training, teaching, and research. Read more about the Completion Grant here (in Norwegian).

The position is based in Oslo, and it is expected that the successful candidates take up residence in the Oslo area throughout the tenure of their positions. Candidates will join and take an active part in and contribute to the work of the Faculty’s research group(s) relevant to their field of study. Read more about the doctoral degree here. A research stay abroad for up to six months during the employment period is strongly encouraged.

Qualification requirements

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in theology/religious studies. The Master’s degree must have been obtained by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In the assessment of the applicants, emphasis will be placed on the following criteria:

  • The quality of the project description.
  • Academic and personal ability to complete the project within the given timeframe.
  • Ability to cooperate with others and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary education and cooperation.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 532 200 – 575 400 per annum, depending on qualifications.
  • Professional development in a stimulating academic environment.
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Attractive welfare benefits.
  • Annum (an annual amount for research activities) and possibility for research funding.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • A cover letter with a statement of motivation and research interests.
  • A project description, including progress plan and possible plans for a stay abroad (max. 5 pages [single-spaced; font: Times 12] exclusive of the bibliography)
  • Curriculum Vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic work).
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only).
  • Documentation of English proficiency.
  • A complete list of publications and academic works.
  • A list of 2–3 reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number).

Non-Norwegian applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, jobbnorge.no.

Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo. No one can be appointed for more than one Ph.D. Research Fellowship 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 Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo is an equal opportunity employer, aiming for diversity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply for this position, regardless of their religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Contact information

  • Vice-Dean, Professor Anne Hege Grung. Phone number: +47-22850342, email: a.h.grung@teologi.uio.no
  • Senior executive officer: Anna Dyrkorn Tjora, phone number: +47-22857859, email: a.d.tjora@teologi.uio.no

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