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Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental History – AtHOME project – UiS, Norway – Nov 2021


The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental History at the Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Cultural Studies and Languages. The position is vacant from 1 April 2022.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 530.000 - 590.000 NOK/Year

Faculty of Arts and Education
Department of Cultural Studies and Languages


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Qualification Details

You must have a ph.d. with a specialisation relevant for the project. The ph.d. thesis must have been submitted for evaluation within the application deadline for the position and approved before accession.

You must have good command of both oral and written English.

In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

  • relevance, quality and feasibility of the project
  • submitted scientific work and your personal skills for completing the project within the timeframe
  • international experience and network
  • qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialisation of research
  • good teamwork, communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units
  • ability to work independently in a structured manner
  • motivation, sense of responsibility and accountability, work capacity and enthusiasm for research

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Postdoctoral Fellows will be affiliated with the project Histories of animals, technological infrastructure, and making more-than-human homes in the modern age (AtHOME), which is led by Professor Dolly Jørgensen. The AtHOME project has a central question: How have animals used things that people have made and how have people reacted to animals who make their homes near them? The project group will examine how animals domesticate technologies, how animals use technologies for their own purposes, and how infrastructure becomes a part of animals’ lives. Since conflicts occur increasingly often between people and animals in our increasingly technological world, we need a more nuanced understanding of how animals can create a home with technology just like humans.

The two postdoctoral fellows are tied to a work package on city birds. One postdoc will focus on technologies and infrastructures that invite animals to be close to people, such as birdhouses and birdfeeders. The other postdoc will focus on technologies and infrastructures intended to keep animals out, such as building spikes, nets and predator kites. While birds must be a central component of the project, the postdoc can choose to include other urban animals as well. There is no geographical restriction. The project can focus on any history within the modern age (from 1800 to today), but note that it must be a historical project. In the project proposal, the candidate should indicate which subproject (inviting in or excluding) they are interested in; it is possible to indicate an interest in both.

Each postdoc will write a minimum of two articles based on the project within their employment period, co-organize a workshop, and contribute to the AtHOME team activities and meetings.

The position is funded by Research Council of Norway.

The qualifying project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

  • project proposal
  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • documentation of approved ph.d. If you have not completed the ph.d., you may enclose a confirmation from the institution on the expected date of obtaining the doctoral degree.
  • complete list of academic publications with information on where they are published
  • up to 5 publications, including your ph.d. thesis or published monograph based upon the thesis
  • transcripts and certificates, and other documentation that you consider relevant

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

About the Department

The Faculty of Arts and Education is the region’s most important institution for educating teachers for kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, upper secondary schools and higher education. The Faculty also provides basic education in sport, languages, religion and history, as well as eight Master’s programmes and two doctoral programmes.

The Faculty has three national centres: The National Centre for Reading Education and Research (the Reading Centre), the National Centre for Learning Environment and Behavioural Research (The Learning Environment Centre) and the Knowledge Centre for Education (KSU), as well as the Filiorum Centre for Early Childhood Research. The Faculty collaborates with the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training and local government authorities in respect of further and continuing education. The Faculty has a total of around 3,000 students and 320 employees divided between the Faculty administration, Department of Early Childhood Education, Department of Education and Sports Science, Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, Reading Centre, Learning Environment Centre and Knowledge Centre for Education.

The Department of Cultural Studies and Languages has responsibility for the university's teacher education programme for leves 8-13 and practical pedagogical education. The Institute also offers education Nordic languages, English, Religion, History, Norwegian for international students as well as Master's degrees in History and History didactics, Nordic and Literacy Studies, and English and Literacy Studies. Together with other departments at the faculty, we offer a PhD programme in Educational Science and humanities. There are currently 70 employees and 1.200 students at the department.

About the Employer: University of Stavanger, UiS

Note or Other details

Employment as Postdoctoral Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".

We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • colleague-based guidance programme (NyTi) if teaching is part of your position
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, l.pl 17.510, code 1352, NOK 530.000 - 590.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club, SiS sports club at campus
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced.
  • relocation programme
  • language courses: On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up “language courses” under employment conditions)

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Contact details

More information on the position can be obtained from Kjetil Thengs, tel: 51831337, e-mail: kjetil.v.thengs@uis.no or Professor Dolly Jørgensen, tel: 48498930, e-mail: dolly.jorgensen@uis.no

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Annette Falch Lothe, tel: 51 83 13 61, e-mail: annette.f.lothe@uis.no.

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