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 Media and Communication's (IMK) main purpose is to conduct research, education and dissemination on the modern media, their importance for society and for people. IMK has approximately 60 employees, including 10-12 doctoral candidates. Some 1,100 students are sitting for exams here every year. The department offers one-year study program on the Bachelor's level and a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies and Master's degrees in Media Studies, Nordic Media and Journalism. IMK is a multidisciplinary department, based on the academic traditions of the humanities and social sciences. The IMK is ranked as one of the top 50 media and communication departments in the world (QS Ratings).

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within Music Media in National and Global Markets

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Job description

The post-doctoral research fellow position is associated with the project Music on Demand: Economy and Copyright in a Digitised Cultural Sector (MUSEC) (pdf). The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s KULMEDIA programme.


The overall aim of the project is to provide new insight into how music is distributed and paid for in the digital era. The project entails examinations of the economic interactions among different parties in the music sector and the ways in which copyright law protects those involved. The project is organised in three work packages: (1) “Negotiations of economy and copyright”, (2) “Competition in national and global markets” and (3) “Interventions of state policy”. The research project will offer novel contributions of knowledge to academic research on cultural production, to those working in the music sector, as well as to the public policymakers responsible for it.


The successful candidate will be responsible for a work package (2) in the research project, which is titled “Competition in national and global markets”. The aim of this work package is to examine how Norwegian artists, record labels and management groups, particularly small and medium-sized ones, are competing in globalised markets. A key method will be a survey covering large sections of the music sector. Applicants must submit a project description detailing how they wish to research the topic of this work package.


The candidate is expected to become part of the research environment of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

The appointment is available for a period of 2 (two) years. 

Qualification requirements

  • PhD or similar qualifications within an area with relevance to the planned postdoctoral work
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the main research area, and the research questions and methods employed in the MUSEC project, especially the specified work package
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline.

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • the scholarly quality of the project description and its research-related relevance
  • the applicant’s track record in research and experience with the methods and theories used in the MUSEC project (see project description)
  • the applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the given time frame
  • great co-operative skills and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer

  • salary NOK 490 900 - 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits 

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV with grades listed (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • project description (approximately 3-5 pages), including a schedule of activities. The project description must clarify how the applicant will approach the post-doctoral project theme theoretically and methodically, and render evidence that the project will be completed within the given time frame.
  • list of published and unpublished works
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

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.

Diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic work will be requested later.

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. 

The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or a video conference.

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: September 1st 2017

Expected start date: January-February 2018

Contact persons:

For questions regarding the position:
Project leader Yngvar Kjus

For questions regarding how to apply: 
HR-Officer Julie Tøllefsen

Søk stillingen

Om stillingen

  • Søknadsfrist
    1. september 2017
  • Arbeidsgiver
    University of Oslo
  • Nettside
  • Kommune
  • Arbeidssted
    Department of Media and Communication, UiO, OSLO
  • Jobbnorge-ID
  • Intern-ID
    2017/6862 IMK
  • Omfang
  • Varighet

Om søknader

  • Søknader for denne stillingen registreres i et elektronisk skjema på
  • Du må fylle ut: Standard CV
  • Vennligst opplys i søknaden hvor du først så stillingsutlysningen!

Se mer

Finn andre stillinger