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Postdoctoral Fellow in Criminology or Sociology of Law

Deadline: 14.02.2022

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 Criminology and Sociology of Law is situated at the Faculty of Law. The Department is the leading research and educational institution in the fields of criminology and sociology of law in Norway. Research, teaching and dissemination activities within both fields are at the highest international level.

The Department has about 35 employees and 350 students.

Job description

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.

Applicants must present a proposal for a research project with relevance to the development of criminology and/or sociology or law. The proposed project should combine theoretical and empirical ambitions with feasibility. Thematically speaking, the position is open to all sub-fields/specialisations.

The candidate is expected to be an active participant in and contributor to the research environment at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law and take part in one of the many multidisciplinary research groups at the Faculty of Law.

More about the position

The fellowship runs for three years without teaching duties, or four years with teaching duties constituting 25 % of the overall workload. A four-year fellowship requires that the candidate is able to contribute to the current teaching needs of the Faculty of Law. The Department would in particular welcome applicants who would be able to take on teaching obligations connected to our compulsory courses.

Teaching must be done in a Scandinavian language, or, in a limited number of courses, in English. In the case of a four-year fellowship, the successful candidate is expected to acquire the formal qualifications of the Foundation Programme in Teaching and Learning as part of the fellowship.

Qualification requirements and personal skills

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree (PhD) in Criminology, Sociology of Law or other relevant social science disciplines. The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation by the application closing date. Appointment is dependent on the approval of the doctoral dissertation.
  • The candidate must have an excellent command of a Scandinavian language and/or English.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured way.
  • Applicants must have good collaboration skills and the potential to contribute to the development of criminology and/or sociology of law.
  • Applicants must take an active part in the development of a good research environment.


In the evaluation of candidates, emphasis will be placed on the candidate’s academic achievements, the project description, previous relevant publications and the applicant’s professional and personal qualifications, particularly in relation to their ability to perform the proposed project within the allotted time.

The applications will be evaluated by an assessment committee. The committee ranks the applicants based on the criteria indicated above and interviews with short-listed candidates. The final decision is taken by the Faculty’s appointment board.

We offer

  • A salary of 563 900 to 626 100 NOK per annum, depending on qualifications (position code 1352)
  • Favourable pension arrangements
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

How to apply

The application must include

  • A cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position.
  • A written project proposal (5-10 pages). The project proposal must include a demonstration of knowledge about the specific topic, the relevant research literature and theories, as well as a description of the research design, methods and plan for carrying out the research, including a publication plan and discussion of any ethical challenges.
  • A CV (giving an overview of education, previous positions, academic accomplishments and teaching experience).
  • A complete list of academic publications.
  • Certified copies of certificates and academic diplomas (if the original language is not English or a Scandinavian language, an English language translation must be provided in addition to a copy of the original). Applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university grading system.
  • Up to five scholarly publications (in the case of co-authorship, a declaration of authorship and of the specific contribution of the applicant should be submitted).
  • A list of up to three references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail address and phone number).

The application with attachments must be handed in via our electronic recruitment system, see the “Apply for this job”-link.

Please remember that both the application, project proposal and other materials must be submitted in English or a Scandinavian language.

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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

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.

Inclusion and diversity are strengths for any research environment. The University of Oslo will adapt the workplace to suit employees with disabilities.

The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

For information about the position: Head of Department Helene Gundhus, phone number: (+47) 41 52 33 51, e-mail: [email protected]

Regarding questions about the rectruitment system and process: HR Officer Andreas Mobråthen, e-mail: [email protected]

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