University of Bergen

Department of Foreign Languages

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.

Postdoctoral position

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral position at the Department of Foreign Languages, by plan starting 1 January 2019 or as agreed. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years.


The Department of Foreign Languages spans nine different languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish Language and Latinamerican Studies. Teaching and research are conducted in the disciplines language/linguistics, literature, cultural studies and didactics ( The postdoctoral postition is open for applicants from all these subject areas and disiplines, cross-disciplinary projects included.


The Department has slightly more than 50 permanent academic staff members, along with four post-docs, around twenty PhD candidates and eleven administrative members of staff.


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The position as postdoctoral research fellow requires a Norwegian doctoral degree in one of the subject areas at the department or another relevant field, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree. The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation within the closing date of the application and it is a condition of appointment that the PhD has been awarded.

  • The applicant must provide a project proposal with a progress plan for the project’s main activities, and a plan for publishing results in recognized international channels.

  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.


In the assessment, the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and relevant experience, and to the project proposal. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience in communication/dissemination of research.


In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s professional eligibility will also weigh in.


About postdoctoral positions

Postdoctoral fellowships are fixed term positions and the main goals of the positions are to qualify the successful candidate for academic top positions. The duration of the postdoctoral position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results and administration.


Applicants shall put forward a proposal for a project for qualifying work. The proposal shall include a progress plan. It is a premise that the selected candidate will complete the project within the stipulated period of employment.


Candidates cannot be employed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one fixed term period at the same institution.


The postdoctoral position demands that the applicant has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Foreign Languages and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.


We offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.

  • Salary at pay grade 59 (Code 1352/Pay range 24) in the state salary scale, currently approx. NOK 514.800 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

  • Good welfare benefits.


How to apply

Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site: “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form, and the application must include:


  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main supervisor for the PhD-thesis.

  • CV.

  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, and diploma for the PhD or documentation showing that the thesis has been submitted for assessment.

  • A short summary of the PhD-thesis (up to 3 pages).

  • Relevant certificates/references.

  • A summary of the proposed project (up to 5 pages, excluding the bibliography).

  • A progress plan for the proposed project.

  • Bibliography for the proposed project.

  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).

  • Maximum 5 relevant academic publications.


The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Attachments can be either in Word of pdf-format.


General information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Research Coordinator Åsta Haukås at the Department, email or telephone (+47) 55 58 24 88 or Research Advisor Jan A. Johansen, email or telephone (+47) 55 58 93 78.


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. 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.


Further information about the appointment process here.


Questions or inquiries about the electronic application process can be directed to:


Application deadline: 31 October 2018

Reference no: 18/10601

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