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.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS- Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact

PhD Fellowships in Science & Technology Studies

Applications are invited for two Research Fellowships as PhD Candidate (SKO 1017) in Science & Technology Studies to be based at TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture. Both fellowships provide an opportunity to develop research on policy issues in the life sciences.

  • One three-year position is associated with the research project “Responsibility, practice and public good across Digital Life” (ResPublica)
  • One four-year position is associated with a research project funded by UiO:LifeScience as a part of the Convergence environment “Comparative immunology of fish and humans” (COMPARE)

Job Description

The candidates work will be situated within the Centre’s research programme ”Science, Technology and Culture”.

The Science, Technology and Culture-programme analyses the relations between science, technology and society; how scientific knowledge and technologies emerge and how science and technology are employed in different social contexts, and with what social and political implications. Research within the programme is situated within the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS). The programme has a strong tradition for combining empirical research spanning across the humanities and the social sciences and is open to the study of both historical as well as contemporary issues and materials.

  • The three-year announced position is part of the “Res Publica” research. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and as part of the Centre for Digital Life Norway. Res Publica aims at producing situated and critical knowledge on new policy demands to produce research and innovation for “the public good”. It focuses on RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation), a key science policy measure. The candidate will investigate innovation and valuation practices across Digital Life Norway projects.

    In addition to his/her own research, the candidate for the three-year position may be required to participate in teaching and/or administration activities connected to research and teaching at the Centre. All such work will be compensated with an equivalent extension of the research fellowship. The total duration of the extension may not exceed twelve months.
  • The four-year announced position is part of the research project COMPARE funded by UiO:LifeScience. 25 % of the time will be dedicated to other UiO:LifeScience Convergence Environment activities, and the net time for the PhD-project will be three years also for this position.

    The COMPARE convergence environment aims to disentangle how the peculiar immune system of the codfishes function in detail and its implications for human immune disease.

    Convergence environments are interdisciplinary research groups that will aim to solve grand challenges related to health and environment. A major goal in COMPARE is to include the key policy measure, RRI (Responsible Research and Innivation) as an integral part of the Convergence Environment. The announced position will contribute to develop critical knowledge about RRI as a research practice, with a particular emphasis investigating valuation-practices and valuation cultures.

Both research fellows must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD programme and are expected to complete their projects within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of a fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. For more information, please see the Faculty of Social Sciences’ web site.


Applicants must hold a two years Master’s degree or equivalent in the social sciences or humanities and meet the requirements to be enrolled in the PhD-programme. An interest in life sciences and technology will be an advantage.

In addition, the Ph.D. candidate must have

  • fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • extensive knowledge of Science & Technology Studies/STS
  • demonstrated research capabilities
  • strong interest in the development of STS research both theoretically and empirically
  • Candidates who are knowledgeable in the life sciences and/or valuation studies will be given a special consideration
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is an advantage, but not a requirement, in relation to fieldwork

Evaluation of the application

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s project description for his/her proposed Ph.D. project, a good match between the candidate’s proposal and the wider research project of which it will be part, as well as the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. The candidate's proposal and the research profile, strategies and activities within the STS programme at the center and the projects mentioned, will be given weight, along with the quality of the proposal and the qualifications of the candidate. Applicants are invited to apply for both or one of the fellowships and have to specify if they apply for one or both, and in the first case, which of the two they prefer.

We offer

  • salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications
  • academically 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 and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • project proposal and progress plan (5 to 10 pages) for the work to be undertaken during the course of the term of appointment
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • list of publications and academic work (if applicable)

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).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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: 15 February 2018

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