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 Sociology and Human Geography is Norway's leading department for both Sociology and Human Geography. The Department offers four Bachelor's and three Master's programmes Research, teaching and dissemination activities within both fields are of the highest level. The Department is renowned both for the breadth of topics and methodologies employed and for its highly qualified researchers. Gender balance among the academic staff is an important distinguishing feature. The Department has 35 permanent academic staff, 35 doctoral and post doctoral research fellows and 15 administrative staff members. There are approximately 80 PhD. candidates and 1500 students enrolled in the Department.

PhD Candidate in Human Geography

There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for a research fellow (SKO 1017) in Human Geography. The position is either for a period of three years (with no compulsory work), or for a period of four years including compulsory work (primarily teaching). A decision regarding the duration of employment will be made by the Department Board upon appointment to the position and in light of the Department's teaching needs.

Job description

The position is linked to the research project "Access, egress and transfer practices for designing multimodal connectivity (TRANSFER)" funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The PhD fellow will be part of a consortium of researchers at the Institute for Transport Economics and the Department of Sociology and Human Geography. Within this research project, the position will be related to the work packages 1, 2 and 3. The main objective is to develop a better understanding of practices and experiences of access, egress and transfers in daily public transport use, based on national travel survey data, a fieldwork with smartphones, and qualitative interviews with travellers in Greater Oslo and Trondheim. More information on the project, including project description, can be obtained at the website.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have a master's degree/second-level degree (120 ECTS) in Human Geography, as well as documented skills in quantitative data analysis and Geographical Information Systems. The master's thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. The successful applicant must be able to carry out interviews and workshops in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. Residence in the Oslo-vicinity is expected.

The position requires that the person who is hired participates in the Faculty of Social Sciences' organised research education programme (PhD programme) and that the work results in a doctorate in Human Geography. The person who is hired will automatically be admitted to the PhD programme.

The hiring process will include an interview. In addition to an overall evaluation of the applicant's grades, particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project proposal and the master's thesis.

We offer

  • Salary between NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per annum
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The electronic application should include:

  • A letter of application
  • Project sketch (appr. 5 pages) which must include research questions, relevant theory and methods and time-line. Applicants are expected to be able to complete the project during the appointment period
  • CV with full summary of education, practice and academic employment. 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
  • Master's thesis
  • Complete list of publications and any academic work.
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in 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).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the eventuelt “project description” and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships 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 a.o.

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

Deadline: 11 June 2017

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Sunday, June 11, 2017
  • Employer
    University of Oslo
  • Website
  • Municipality
    Oslo
  • Jobbnorge ID
    137654
  • Internal ID
    2017/2776
  • Scope
    Fulltime
  • Duration
    Fixed Term

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