Ledig stilling på Universitetet i Oslo

Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)
Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)

PhD Research fellow in European studies

Deadline: 15.09.2019

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.

ARENA Centre for European Studies is a research centre under the Faculty of Social Sciences. ARENA promotes theoretically oriented, empirically informed studies analysing the dynamics of the evolving European political order. The research at ARENA is multidisciplinary and is organised along four key dimensions: A European democratic order; the EU's executive order; expertise and knowledge in the EU; and European foreign and security policy. ARENA hosts several nationally and internationally funded research projects and is engaged in a series of international networks.

Flere stillinger fra Universitetet i Oslo

ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo (UiO) announces one vacant position as PhD fellow (SKO 1017) within relevant fields, such as European studies, political theory, political science and international relations. The appointment is for the duration of three years with no teaching obligations. The proposed starting date for the fellowship is 1 January 2020.

ARENA is a highly renowned centre for research on the transformation of Europe, in particular on the processes of political change. It aims at theoretically founded and innovative research. ARENA offers a stimulating intellectual environment for cooperation and scholarly debate and has a staff of well-qualified and committed scholars. The centre and its research projects have received excellent evaluations. The working language at ARENA is English.

More about the position

The PhD fellow will be part of one the research groups at ARENA Centre for European Studies, which studies the evolving political order in Europe. The announced position is for a duration of three years, fully devoted to research with no duty work, leading to completion of a doctoral degree.

The candidate will be expected to participate in ongoing research at ARENA, aiming at high quality international publications. ARENA is an integrated research centre, and it is therefore presupposed that the candidate takes an active part in the relevant research group and collaborates with other researchers at ARENA. The research fellow will be fully integrated in ARENA’s research activities and its international networks.

The position requires that the person who is employed participates in the Faculty of Social Sciences’ organised research education programme (PhD programme), and that their work results in a doctorate within the set fellowship period. The successful applicant will automatically be admitted to this PhD programme.


  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree in a relevant discipline within the social sciences, which meets the requirements of enrolment in the PhD-programme. The master’s thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a master’s degree.
  • In their application letter, applicants should describe their qualifications, research experience and research interests, and are encouraged to submit up to two examples of their written work, e.g. master’s thesis or published articles.
  • Applicants must further submit a project proposal of up to 5 pages outlining the research topic, the specific problems to be studied, empirical case selection, the choice of theory and method, and a timetable. The applicant’s project proposal should be on the legitimacy of European agencies. It is presupposed that the candidate is able to complete the project within the set fellowship period.
  • Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English. Residence in Norway is otherwise expected.

Reference is made to the guidelines for appointing research fellows at the University of Oslo.

We offer

  • A salary of NOK 479 600 – 513 600 per annum, depending on level of competence
  • An academically stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant, integrated and international research community
  • Attractive welfare benefits and pension under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter (max. 2 pages)
  • Project proposal (max. 5 pages)
  • CV (including education, any academic employment or other qualifying activity. The period of enrolment (admission – completion) in the master’s study programme must be specified)
  • Academic transcripts (university degrees only)
  • Copy of Master’s degree diploma or documentation of thesis submission
  • Up to two publications (e.g. master’s thesis or published articles). Please note that there is no separate prompt for uploading such documents in the application portal. These must therefore be uploaded as separate “Attachments”
  • A complete list of publications
  • Names and contact details of two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

The application with attachments must be submitted through our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

About the evaluation process

In assessing the candidates, particular emphasis will be placed on the quality and relevance of the project proposal, academic qualifications and on the quality of previous work. Potential candidates will be invited for an interview.

An application committee will review the applications before the top candidates are further assessed by an evaluation committee. The evaluation committee’s report is expected to be ready by [XXX]. The report will be sent to all applicants.

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 Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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

Contact information

Apply for this job