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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy

Deadline: 31.10.2020

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 Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas embraces four disciplines: Philosophy, Classical Languages (Greek and Latin), History of Ideas and Art History. The Department is also responsible for the introductory philosophy courses, obligatory for all students attending study programmes at the University of Oslo. The Department has about 110 employees.

New Frontiers of Speech: Meaning and Communication in the Information Age,

Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas

Job description

A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is associated with the project New Frontiers of Speech: Meaning and Communication in the Information Age. The candidate is expected to conduct research project broadly connected to the project themes, in for example, areas such philosophy of language, social epistemology, philosophy of information, philosophy of technology or practical ethics.

The position is available for a period of 2 years and 3 months, with the possibility of up to 10% teaching and administrative duties. Successful candidates may also apply to the Norwegian Research Council for up to 12 months additional funding for a research stay at a foreign institution.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the project and the host department, and contribute to their development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in Philosophy
  • The candidate's proposed research must be broadly connected to the project themes (e.g., philosophy of language, social epistemology, philosophy of information, philosophy of AI, philosophy of technology)
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the application closing date. Appointment is dependent on the conferral of the doctoral thesis.

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation of the applicant’s proposed research
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the proposed research within the allotted time frame and to contribute to the research environment and activities of the project
  • Good co-operation skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
  • List of publications
  • Description of research (3 - 5 pages). The description must present a feasible plan for research to be undertaken for the duration of the position. It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment.
  • Three academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability.

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

Letters of recommendation, diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic works may be requested later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

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.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

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 aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For questions about the position:

For questions on how to apply: HR Officer Julie Tøllefsen

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