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 Special Needs Education is one of three departments at UiO's Faculty of Education. The Department has about 50 employees that work with research, teaching and dissemination of knowledge.

Postdoctoral Fellow within the research project BIODIAL

A postdoctoral fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Special Needs Education in conjunction with the project on “The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality: Cultural Representations and Societal Significance” (BIODIAL). nettside

Short summary of the overall project
BIODIAL is financed by the FRIPRO program of the Norwegian Research Council. Its purpose is to investigate how various human and nonhuman lives are socially constructed as more or less valuable, and how such constructions are informed and troubled by cultural, literary, and social representations of disability, illness, and animality. Biopolitics is a term that refers to how social constructions of “life” have become politicized terrain, particularly when groups of living beings are controlled through what is seen as good for the population as a whole. In this way, the state need not exercise as much coercive or brute force, since ideas about what is “natural” or “normal” circulate among people who then concur about which forms of life should live or die and which populations are more or less valuable.

Responsibilities for the position
We are seeking candidates who have a strong interest in disability studies and biopolitics. The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the research community in the department, and in the ILLREP research group (Representations of Illness and Disability in Literary and Cultural Texts) nettside

One of the candidate’s tasks will be to create and maintain a blog or website in conjunction with ILLREP, which will provide a public forum for the discussion of literary and cultural texts in relation to illness and disability. The main objective of appointments to the position of post-doctoral fellow is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their respective area of study.

The appointment applies for a two-year period. The guidelines concerning appointment to post-doctoral and research fellowship positions at the University of Oslo can be viewed here: nettside

Qualification requirements
The appointment requires a PhD, or a degree equivalent to a Norwegian PhD, in a relevant field, for example special needs education, education, history, sociology, or the history of ideas. A prerequisite for applicants who have not yet defended their thesis is that the PhD work is submitted for assessment before the closing date for applications. Appointment to the post-doctoral position is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

Applicants must submit a research project description which is theoretically and methodologically aligned with and will further the main goals of BIODIAL, specifically in relation to disability and the Norwegian education system. Potential topics of inquiry include but are not limited to: the curriculum at particular levels of education during particular historical periods; bureaucratic and institutional mechanisms for classifying and sorting pupils and students; representations of disability in the educational system; humanizing and dehumanizing practices; and/or comparative studies of the Norwegian system in relation to other countries. The research proposal must outline plans for dissemination in international, academically recognized journals.

Furthermore, applications will be assessed with an emphasis on:

  • The quality of the project description and the potential for publication in international journals.
  • Applicants’ research experience and publication record, particularly in disability studies and related fields.
  • General academic qualifications that indicate an ability to work in collaboration with researchers from multiple disciplines.
  • Experience and/or interest in public research dissemination, e.g., through digital media, blogs, newspapers, or engagement with societal and public policy debates.
  • Background and/or interest in representations of disability in literary and cultural texts.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 486 100- 567 100 (per annum), depending on the successful applicant’s 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 be written in English and include

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Certified copies of diplomas and testimonials
  • Project description, including progress plan (max. 10 pages). It is assumed that the applicant will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.
  • Any academic works that must be taken into account in the assessment

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.

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.

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: 15th of August 2017

Contact persons:
Professor Jan Grue
Telephone: +47 22855284

Senior Executive Officer Jenny Hansen
Telephone: +47 22856072

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