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 Literature, Area Studies and European Languages is involved in extensive research, teaching and outreach in the fields of literature, area studies and linguistics within European languages apart from the Nordic ones. The Department has an active research environment with a wide range of international collaboration. Many of our researchers play a part in giving the general public insight into the results of this research. The Department has about 130 members of staff: approximately 80 in academic posts, approximately 30 Ph.D. fellows and postdoctoral fellows, and 18 in administrative posts. The Department has approximately 300 master students and 1000 bachelor students.

Doctoral Research Fellowship in Comparative literature or English language literature

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Comparative Literature or English language literature is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.

The successful candidate will be part of the interdisciplinary research group “Temporal Experiments: Literary, Aesthetic, and Social Modes of Thinking and Living Time.” The group is engaged in an expansive investigation of the interactions between literature, art, and temporality and seeks to understand the role that temporality plays in aesthetic experience and everyday life. One of our central hypotheses is that every literary text, and every work of art, is a temporal experiment that explores different ways of thinking, experiencing, and living time and thereby inculcates certain forms of temporal awareness in its audience. This temporal experience is created both through the text’s themes, motifs and metaphors and through its formal properties. It is also related to temporally and materially defined production processes and their dispersion and reception as part of broader temporal and material cycles. The successful candidate will show a marked interest in the relation between literature, philosophy and the social world and will be able to contribute to the understanding of temporal questions in literary as well as philosophical and social contexts.  

The applicant must present an independent subproject that investigates temporal aspects of literature. This subproject should be in either Comparative literature or literature in English.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.


  • A Master's Degree or equivalent in Comparative Literature or English language literature. The Master's Degree must have been achieved by the time of application.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • the project's academic merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • the applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • the applicant's ability to complete research training
  • good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may also be given preference.

We offer

  • salary level NOK 436 900 – 490 900, depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits

Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications (if applicable)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)

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

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo, either in person or via Skype.

See also Guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic 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.

Application deadline: 31 January 2018


Associate Professor Bruce Barnhart

Associate Professor Marit Grøtta

Head of Administration Karina Kleiva

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  • Deadline
    Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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    University of Oslo
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