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Doctoral Research Fellowship in History, Sociology, Law – University of Oslo, Norway, 2022

Norway, University of Oslo, UiO

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in history is available at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway, 2022

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General Info

Position: Doctoral Research Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
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Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Critical Historiography research group
Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
University of Oslo, UiO
Oslo, Norway

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Qualification Details

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in history, sociology, law, or other pertinent disciplines with a strong historical focus. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

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

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Applicants should propose a research project within the larger framework of the group’s focus project, “Good Work. The Value of Work in the long 20th Century”. “Good work” is a historical project, with a keen interdisciplinary interest, that enquires into the fundamental transformations global working conditions underwent since c. 1870, with a particular emphasis on perceptions and discourses in which these changes were reflected. It asks how large secular trends such as (de)industrialisation, tertiarisation, digitalisation, and globalisation affected working lives in Norway, Europe, and beyond, and how notions of value of, in, and through work changed in the process. The project thus endeavours to shed light on a key dimension of social and economic life in the twentieth century while also analysing the politically and culturally contentious issue of labour’s valuation. Its main aim is to provide critical interpretations of contemporary notions of “quality work” and explore its historically contingent meanings in different industrial and national contexts.

The project is broad and allows for different types of research, including case studies on individual industries, comparative perspectives between countries, analyses of transnational flows of ideas and information, and conceptual histories of key terms.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

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Documents Required

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Documentation of Language requirements (if applicable)
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system,

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

About the Department

The Department of archaeology, conservation and history (IAKH) is comprised of three disciplines which in different ways study the past. The department has internationally oriented archaeologists, the only conservation program in Norway and the biggest group of historians in Scandinavia. The department has close to 100 employees, including non-permanent research fellows. The study programs span archaeology from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, object and paintings conservation, and history from Antiquity to the present age.

About the Employer: University of Oslo, UiO

Note or Other details

See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

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Contact details

Professor Klaus Nathaus, phone number: +47 22856874, e-mail:

Associate Professor Ulrike Spring, phone number: +47 22844085, e-mail:

HR Adviser Hilde Kristine Sletner, e-mail:

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