University of Stavanger

Department of Cultural Studies and Languages

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, which is part of the Faculty of Arts and Education, is responsible for the university's new lector program and practical pedagogical education. The Institute also offers programs in Nordic, English, Religion and History as well as master's programs in History Didactics, Reading Science and Literacy Studies. In cooperation with other departments at the faculty, the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages also offers a doctoral education in Reading Science/Literacy Studies. There are currently 70 employees and 890 students at the department.


PhD in environmental humanities

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a research fellowship in environmental humanities, Literacy Studies at the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages.

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.

The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively, or four years with both research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be clarified in the recruitment process. The position is vacant from January 2019.

The Phd fellow will work on the project "Beyond Dodos and Dinosaurs: Displaying Extinction and Recovery in Museums", which is led by Professor Dolly Jørgensen and financed by the Norwegian Reseach Council. This project explores the multifaceted narratives mobilized in the remembering of extinction and near extinction in museums, including exploration of the multiple framings active simultaneously in museum displays, such as loss, guilt, belonging, care, mourning, and celebration. The PhD work should include both contemporary display practices and historical ones accessible through archival documentation. For more information about the project, see

The PhD fellow will also be associated with The Greenhouse, a program area in environmental humanities at the University of Stavanger, co-directed by Professor Dolly Jørgensen and Professor Finn Arne Jørgensen. For more information, see .  

Applicants must have a strong academic background with a five-year master degree in a specialization relevant to the project, such as history, literature, museum studies, heritage studies, or environmental humanities, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate. Both the grade for the master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of the master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade (B in the Norwegian system corresponds to "very good" in a range of passing grades fron A "excellent" to E "poor"). We will consider candidates who hold a Masters degree now or will be completing one in 2018, but the degree must be awarded prior to employment in this position.

In evaluating the applicants, emphasis will be placed on their potential for research in the field.The appointee must be able to work independently and as a member of a team, be creative and innovative.

The research fellow must have a good command of both oral and written English, as the resulting PhD thesis will be written in English. Applicants should also be able to read another major European language to facilitate archival research internationally.

As part of the application, the applicant should write a short research proposal of not more than 2 pages. The proposal does not need to define the project in detail, but should outline the applicant's interests with regard to the "Beyond Dodos and Dinosaurs" project, potentially highlighting the museums or species that the candidate would be most interested in exploring and their qualifications for undertaking such a study.

The resulting PhD degree will qualify for research and teaching positions at University level.

The appointee will be based at the University of Stavanger, with the exception of a stay abroad at a relevant centre of research. 

The salary for this position is set according to the State Salary Code, 17.515, code 1017, NOK449.400 per annum. The position provides an automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Project description and further information about the position can be obtained from Profesor Dolly Jørgensen, email Information about the appointment procedures can be obtained from HR-advisor Janne Halseth, email

The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in its employment practices. The University currently employs few female research fellows within this academic field and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Please register your application in an electronic form at Relevant education and experience must be registered in the form.

You should submit the following as attachments to the application as separate files as part of the application:

  • Research proposal (max 2 pages)
  • Certificates/diplomas
  • List of publications, if any
  • Masters thesis or equivalent
  • Any other documentation that you consider relevant

The documentation must be available either in a Scandinavian language or in English. If the attachments exceed 30 MB altogether, they will have to be compressed before upload.


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