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Postdoctoral fellowship or PhD fellowship in Criminology

Deadline: 15.08.2022

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 Norway's only department for research and education in Criminology and Sociology of Law. Research, teaching and dissemination activities within both fields are at the highest international level. The Department has about 30 employees and 500 students.

Job description

One PhD fellowship or Postdoctoral fellowship is available to undertake research as part of the project “The changing relationships between digital technologies, DNA and evidence” (Digital DNA). The project is funded by the European Research Council. The candidate will work closely together with project leader Mareile Kaufmann and her team at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law. The candidate will be able to work on cutting-edge research topics and get access to an international network of high expertise. The candidate has the possibility to participate in an exchange with the University of Exeter and become a member of the Norwegian Research School on Digitalization, Culture and Society (DIGIT).

Applicants can read more about the general project here. The specific parts of the project description relevant to this position can be accessed here. Interested candidates are strongly advised to consult these before writing their project description. Applicants are not expected to have in-depth knowledge about these technologies from before.

The PhD fellowship appointment runs for three years without teaching duties, or four years with 25 % teaching duties. Applicants for the position of PhD fellow must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Law.

The Postdoctoral fellowship appointment runs for either three years or four years. 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 the Postdoctoral fellowship and the PhD fellowship, a four-year appointment requires that the candidate can contribute to the current teaching needs at the Faculty of Law.

Qualification requirements and other qualities

For all candidates:

  • The applicant must hold a 5-year Master’s degree or the equivalent in Criminology or other Social Sciences. The candidate must be qualified to work theoretically and empirically in the described project.
  • In order to contribute to the empirical work, the candidate must have competence in qualitative methods and should have an interest in sociological research on technology.
  • The project language is English and the applicants should have an excellent command of the English language, written and spoken. A good command of a Scandinavian language is also an advantage, though not a condition.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner.
  • Applicants must have excellent collaboration skills and the ability, willingness and commitment to contribute to the development of the subject.
  • Applicants must take an active part in the development of a good professional environment.

For applicants to the PhD fellowship:

  • Applicants for the PhD fellowship should normally have grades that place them among the top 10-15 percent of graduates. This requirement also applies to the master’s thesis.
  • The general requirements for admission to the PhD program can be found here.

For applicants to the Postdoctoral fellowship:

  • Applicants for Postdoctoral fellowship must have submitted their doctoral dissertation for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on obtaining the PhD.

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How to apply

The application must include:

  • A cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position.
  • A project description of 5-10 pages, explaining how they would take their research task in a 3 -year project design. This includes a description of the theoretical background, the project’s aims, its methodologies, and reflections about potential ethical challenges. The proposal must clearly demonstrate how the research will contribute towards the case studies conducted in tasks (2) and (3).
  • CV (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities).
  • Certified copies of diplomas with all grades included in the degree and certificates (if the original language of diplomas/certificates is not English or a Scandinavian language, an English language translation must be provided in addition to a copy of the original). Foreign diplomas must include an official documentation about the grading system together with the official grading scale.
  • If available: A complete publication list.
  • Up to three academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered. If work is written by several authors, the division of work between them must be documented with the co-author's declaration.
  • Names and contact details and description of their relation to the applicant for at least two reference persons.
  • For applicants to the PhD fellowship: A PhD thesis at the Faculty of Law can be a monograph or a collection of several scholarly articles. The applicant should present a publication strategy for the research done within the project. To ensure exchange throughout the project, an article-based thesis is encouraged.
  • For applicants to the Postdoctoral fellowship: Postdoctoral fellows are expected to contribute with articles.

The applicant should present a publication strategy for the research done within the project.

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

Please note that all documents must be in English or 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 fall 2022.

Evaluation of the applicant

Candidates are evaluated by a Selection Board that will rank the candidates on the basis of the above criteria, particularly in relation to their ability to perform the proposed project within the allotted time. If the relative strengths of the applicants for the respective positions as PhD fellow or Postdoctoral fellow are identical, the latter will be preferred.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview with the University of Oslo, personally or through electronic means. In a few cases a dedicated interview committee will be formed.

The Appointments Committee of the Faculty of Law will take a final decision about the hiring of the candidate.

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 PhD Fellowship or 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.

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

For questions concerning content: Project leader Mareile Kaufmann, e-mail: [email protected]

For administrative questions: HR-officer Andreas Mobråthen, e-mail: [email protected]

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