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Postdoctoral Fellowship I PhD Fellowship in European Law

Deadline: 31.01.2022

Job description

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 Private Law (IFP) was established in 1955 and is one of the five departments that together comprise the Faculty of Law. The department is the largest Norwegian academic milieu working directly with private law subjects.

One PhD Fellowship or Postdoctoral Fellowship in European Law in the project "Welfare across borders: solidarity, equality and free movement (LEVEL)" is available at the Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The PhD fellowship appointment runs for three years without teaching duties, or four years with teaching duties. The candidate is expected to complete the project by the end of the fellowship period.

Postdoctoral candidates in four-year appointments must acquire basic university pedagogical competence as part of the 25% teaching duties. Postdoctoral candidates in three year appointments are required to have 10 % teaching duties.

For both Postdoctoral and PhD candidates, a four-year fellowship requires that the candidate can contribute to the current teaching needs of the Faculty of Law.

The research group in which the candidate will be integrated includes leading experts on Welfare Law and European Law. The fellow will be part of an international network and will have the possibility to spend a 3-month research leave at a relevant research institution abroad. Inthe course of the project, the fellow will have the opportunity to meet key scholars in this field, who are part of the Centre of European Law.

Applicants for the position of PhD fellow must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Law. Read about the PhD programme here.

Qualification requirements and skills

  • Applicants must hold a 5 year Norwegian master's degree in law or the equivalent.
  • Applicants should normally have grades that place them among the top 10-15 percent of graduates. This requirement also applies to the master's thesis.
  • Applicants should have excellent written and oral language skills in Norwegian (or other Scandinavian language), or in English.
  • Applicants for Postdoctoral fellowship must have submitted their doctoral dissertation for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on obtaining the PhD.
  • Applicants must be able to work in an independent and structured manner.
  • Applicants must have excellent collaboration skills and the ability to contribute to the development of legal research.
  • Applicants must be able to take an active role in the project inparticular with regard to administration and dissemination.


Applicants must submit a project description of 5-10 pages that provides an account of the substance of the project, its methodological approach and possible scientific and ethical challenges.

Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the research proposal and its relevance to core issues of the LEVEL-project such as the concepts of solidarity, equality, mutual trust and free movement; the fundamental rights of social security and social assistance, health care and access to services of general economic interest; the welfare dimensions of the notion of citizenship; the right to free movement and equal treatment as afforded by Regulation 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems; and the relationship between Directive 2004/38 on citizen's rights, Regulation 883/2004 and EU/EEA primary law. The transposition of EU law at the national level and core issues of Norwegian welfare law are also of relevance.

Grades, previous publications and the applicant's professional and personal qualifications will also be given weight.

The candidate is expected to complete the project by the end of the fellowship period.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview for the position, either in person or via a digital platform.

Candidates are evaluated by an assessment committee that will rank the candidates on the basis of the above criteria. The committee will undertake interviews with short-listed candidates. If the relative strengths of the applicants for the respective positions as PhD fellow or Postdoctoral fellow are identical, the latter will be preferred.

The Faculty's appointment committee will make the final decision about the candidate who will be offered the position.

We offer

How to apply

The application must include

  • A cover letter describing the applicant's qualifications and motivation for the position. The letter must be in Norwegian, other Scandinavian language or English.
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities).
  • Complete list of publications (with co-author's declaration if applicable)
  • Project description (5—10 pages).
  • Certified copies of certificates, diplomas with all grades. Non-Norwegian diplomas (PhD, Master, Bachelor) must be provided in the original language as well as in an English or Scandinavian translation.
  • Names and contact details and description of their relation to the applicant for at least two referees.

All documents must be submitted in English or in a Scandinavian language.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link "Apply for this job".

The tentative starting date is Spring 2022.

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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

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

Regarding questions about the recruitment system- and process: HR officer Gro Tømmereek.

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