UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education - Department of History and Religious Studies

Doctoral Research Fellowship in Theology/ Philosophy of Religion

Doctoral Research Fellowship in Theology/ Philosophy of Religion at the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway


Ref. no.: 17/2324

Date of application: 18th of august 2017


One Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD) within Theology/ Philosophy of Religion is available in the Department of History and Religious Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). The position is affiliated with the research group “Phenomenology and Bodies of Knowledge”.


The appointment is a fixed term position for a period of four years.


The purpose of the PhD Research Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation to be defended publically. The candidate will be affiliated with the Faculty's organised research training, and the academic work must result in a doctoral thesis aiming to obtain the degree of PhD within the period of employment. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.


The successful candidate must meet the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD program, cf. § 6 of UiT PhD regulations. Moreover, the applicant must prove English language proficiency equivalent to the standards of Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, see PhD Regulations UiT.


For more information, see also uit.no/hsl/phd.


For further information about the position (and the project), please contact Professor Espen Dahl, tel. +47 776 44363 e-mail espen.dahl@uit.no.




The Department of History and Religious Studies is one of five departments at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. The department has 24 permanent academic positions, of which 3 are in theology and 3 in religious studies. The academic staff of the department teaches and supervises students in archaeology, history, religious studies and theology at all levels from bachelor to PhD. The department hosts 11 different research groups.


The appointed Doctoral Research Fellowship will have her/his daily workplace at the UiT, campus Tromsø.



The position’s field of research/research project (and other duties)

The doctoral project will explore the understanding of the body according to Christian tradition based on continental philosophy or systematic theology. The body’s central position according to Christian understanding is due to its conceptions, such as incarnation, which again implies bodily suffering, death and resurrection. Moreover, the Christian tradition has constantly been elaborating on the human condition, caught between desire and fragility, activity and passivity. Little attention has, however, been paid to how recent research on the body can shed light on the Christian conception. A successful project will proceed from a chosen topic and contribute to renewed insights in embodiment as conceived within a Christian perspective. The Ph.D. project announcement is open to different theoretical approaches. It can relate to either phenomenology or other related continental strands of philosophy that have contributed to the understanding of the body. Alternatively, the project can opt for a systematic-theological perspective. A combination of both approaches is also welcome.


The candidate application that wins the Ph.D. scholarship will be affiliated with the academic community for theology and religious studies, and becomes a member of the research group «Phenomenology and Bodies of Knowledge» at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.


A 6-12 months stay at a university abroad is encouraged.


Qualification requirements

The position requires a Master`s degree (or equivalent) in theology, philosophy or a related discipline, or a foreign degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian Master`s degree.

For more information, see also: Supplementary regulations HSL.


In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification as described in the PhD regulations at UiT.


Personal suitability will be take into account.



Working conditions

The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, is reserved for teaching or other academic duties within the university. Please consult PhD Regulations UiT for further information. The position will especially be assigned teaching duties within theology and religious studies.


A shorter period of appointment may be decided upon if the applicant has already completed parts of his/her research training programme or if the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like) in such a way that the research training amounts to a total of three years.


Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale

code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.




The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no.


Applications by e-mail are not accepted.


The application must include the following attachments:

  • letter of application
  • project description b(please see further information concerning the template for project description)
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • dimploma and transcrips of records from Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • dimploma and transcrips of records from Master's degree or equivalent
  • diploma supplement for other degrees
  • ocumentation of english language proficiency
  • list of 2-3 academic referees, including contact details (name, relation to applicant, e-mail adress and phone number)
  • Master's thesis
  • other works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process and desription of these

The list of works should contain the following information:

  • author(s), title of work
  • for articles: the name of the journal and volume, first and last page of the article, year of publication
  • for book or other independent publications: publisher, place of print, year of publication, number of pages

All documentation must be certified and translated into English or Scandinavian language in order to be assesed

Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted within the stipulated deadline.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicants potential for research as shown by:

  • Master's thesis or equivalent
  • other academic work, and
  • project description

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD research. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularisation and experience/education from other types of dissemination.


The best qualified applicants will be selected for interviews. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


Other information

More information can be found in the supplementary regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the position of postdoctor, research fellow and research assistant at UiT

and the regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the position of postdoctor, research fellow and research assistant.


Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


UiT’s HR policy objectives emphasises diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will make the necessary adaptations in order to facilitate for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide to publish the applicant’s name. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.



In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.



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