University of Bergen

Centre for Womens and Gender Research

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

PhD position at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK), UiB within interdisciplinary gender studies. The position is embedded in SKOKs commitment to promoting humanities research on major societal challenges, for instance related to body, medicine and health, technological change, climate, environment, inequality or migration. The proposed project shall contribute to one of these areas.The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years.


About the project/work tasks:

Applicants should design their own project and will have their main supervisor at SKOK. The proposed project must have a gender theoretical framework preferably related to one of the central areas within gender studies such as gender, sexuality, feminism, intersectionality or masculinity. The project could also have an empirical focus.


The research at SKOK has a critical, global and historical profile. In relation to research on the global societal challenges the researchers at SKOK have been particularly concerned with post- and decolonial theory, social theory and political philosophy.The assessment will place strong emphasis on how the project fits in and contributes to strenghtening the theoretical, thematic and interdisciplinary research at the centre.


Especially desired are projects that contribute to post-human and/or decolonial perspectives in humanities research on major societal challenges, for instance related to the body, medicine and health, technological change, climate, environment, inequality or migration.


PhD candidates at SKOK will take part in the research group Foundational Questions in Gender Research and in the National Research School for Gender Research.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent (or must have submitted their master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline) in gender studies or another subject field with gender and/or sexuality as a main topic and/or perspective. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded. For applicants that document education other than a Norwegian Master’s degree will the education be evaluated against NOKUT standards and the documentation may be sent to NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) for evaluation.
  • The successful applicant must have the primary supervisor among the permanent faculty at the centre.
  • The applicant can work independently and in a structured manner, and has the ability to cooperate with others.
  • The applicant has documented proficiency in both written and oral English.


Centre for Women’s and Gender Research is an interdisciplinary centre for research, dissemination and teaching on gender, sexuality and feminist theory. The centre has a critical, historical and global profile with focus on the intersection between gender and other structures of power in the society such as race, class and ethnicity. SKOK has a special competence on theory within the interdisciplinary gender research field. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to strengthening this competence.


SKOK aims to strengthen gender research at the University of Bergen, as well as playing an active role within gender research both nationally and internationally.

The PhD candidate is expected to attend both national and international research arenas, and it is desirable to aim for publications both in national and international publishing channels. SKOK has bilateral agreements of collaboration with among others Barnard College at Columbia University, Duke University and University of Western Cape, and exchange stays will be possible at one of these universities.


It is mandatory that the successful applicants take up their main residence in Bergen in order to be able to participate in the daily activities at SKOK.


About the PhD position:

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.


About the research training:

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale. Currently NOK 436 900 gross p.a.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.


How to apply for the position

Please apply electronically via the link “APPLT FOR THIS JOBB”. The following must be attached to the application:


  • Project proposal (maximum 4000 words)
  • Time schedule/plan for the research period
  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name.


The enclosures can be submitted as Word- or pdf-files.


The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.


Applicants are asked to follow the steps as described in the Guidelines for Electronic

Applications at the Faculty of Humanities:


Any queries concerning the electronic application procedure should be directed to the Faculty of Humanities. Email:


General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Assiciate Professor Kari Jegerstedt, phone +47 55 58 89 97, email


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.


Application deadline: 27 May 2018

Reference no.: 18/3887



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