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.

Since its establishment in 1964, the Department of Social Anthropology has been a leading international Department as well as an exponent for the Norwegian anthropological tradition. The Department is one of the largest university environments for social anthropology in Europe, and the largest in the Nordic countries. Approximately 400 students are currently enrolled in the Department, including the doctoral programme with approximately 30 students.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Anthropology

Applications are invited for a 2,5 years position as Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) of Social Anthropology within the project “Nordic hospitalities in a context of migration and refugee crisis (NORDHOST)”. The project is part of the UiO:Norden programme.

Job description

NORDHOST is an interdisciplinary project run by a project leader and a core group from the disciplines of theology, criminology, philosophy and social anthropology at the University of Oslo. A group of Nordic researchers is also participating in NORDHOST. The project will research impacts coming from the migration context in the Nordic countries. On the one hand, one sees an increasingly stronger politics of restriction in all countries, on the other hand there are practices and trajectories developing more explicit traditions of hospitality in public discussions and in the civil societies in general. NORDHOST intends to develop new knowledge and interpretations from these other practices and trajectories. One important ambition is to contribute to a critical discussion on the traditional guest/host binary.

The Department wishes to recruit a candidate with excellent research qualifications within Social Anthropology. Applicants should have a documented competence relevant to the project area. The project should address migration issues within a Nordic context, drawing on the anthropological literature on hospitality in order to develop a comparative perspective. The project proposal should include six to eight months of fieldwork. The successful applicant will produce both academic and non-academic publications addressing the core issues of NORDHOST. He or she will also be required to contribute to and participate in the interdisciplinary activities organised by the project.

The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of two and a half years, 10 % of which can be devoted to administrative or teaching duties.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in social anthropology. The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation by the closing date. The appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language.

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

  • The quality of the project description
  • Academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted timeframe and contribute to the NORDHOST project
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in the academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer

  • salary NOK 486 100 – 567 100 per annum depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • project description, including progress plan (max. 5 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity, and including scientific publications)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.
According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Deadline: 19 May 2017

Contact persons:

Head of Department, Associate Professor Knut Gunnar Nustad
Telephone: +47 22 85 84 31/+47 924 30 365

Head of Administration, Nina Rundgren
Telephone: +47 22 85 65 27/+47 402 02 799

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