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System Developer Position at the University of Oslo, Norway – May 2022


The University of Oslo invites applications for a System Developer position (senior engineer SKO 1181/ chief engineer 1087) is available at the Centre for Ibsen Studies, a documentation, research, and teaching center within the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, Norway – May 2022

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General Info

Position: System Developer
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 543.500 NOK/Year

Centre for Ibsen Studies

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

Qualification requirements

  • Master’s degree or submitted master’s thesis in a relevant field. The applicant must explain how the field of study is relevant to the position. Relevant expertise may be substituted for the educational requirement.
  • Expertise in relevant text coding languages and style sheets (TEI XML XSLT, HTML5, CSS)
  • Experience with cgi-script and the following programming languages: Perl, PHP, Python, json, and Javascript
  • Experience with relevant frameworks and databases (Apache Cocoon, Zend, Oracle, eXist, and SQL-databases)
  • Experience with REST and the development of REST-based APIs
  • Oral and written fluency in English and Norwegian or another Scandinavian language

Desired qualifications

  • Interest in and understanding of the humanities and cultural data sets
  • Familiarity with concept models, methodologies, and implementation techniques for linked date in the cultural sector
  • Experience working in teams
  • Experience solving technical challenges

Personal qualifications

  • Good cooperation and communication skills, including the ability to use technical terminology and expressions in a way that is understandable for researchers and students
  • Organized and hard-working
  • Takes the initiative to acquire new knowledge and new skills required in order to support the Centre’s excellent research
  • Solution-oriented and adaptable

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Centre for Ibsen Studies maintains unique digital resources as a result of many decades of Ibsen-related research and documentation projects. We have an interactive electronic edition of all of Ibsen’s writings in transcription and facsimile (Henrik Ibsens skrifter), an international relational database of productions of Ibsen’s plays from the very first premieres to today (IbsenStage), a bibliography of Ibsen-related publications (the International Ibsen Bibliography), a large text and image archive, a virtual reality theater model, and a multilingual database of Ibsen’s plays in translation (the Multilingual Ibsen). These data sets are of high quality and in active use nationally and internationally, but have been developed separately on different platforms; they are currently accessible via The Virtual Ibsen Centre.

Our goal is to upgrade and develop these data sets according to the FAIR principles of increased data value before the 200th anniversary of Ibsen’s birth in 2028. This three-year project aims to upgrade the existing platforms and survey new technical solutions for searches and interoperability.

The system developer will join a vibrant research and teaching team that consists of researchers, master’s students, and guest researchers from around the world, all of whom study Ibsen from different perspectives; digital humanities methods are used actively in both teaching and research. The successful applicant will contribute to the growing field of digital humanities at the University of Oslo and participate in the development of methods and expertise within this discipline.

Work tasks

  • Upgrade existing systems
  • Cooperate with other developer units at UiO on establishing and developing databases and storage solutions
  • Plan search and interoperability solutions
  • Investigate new technical solutions and challenges

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, relevant experiences/skills, and research background)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic recruiting system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

About the Department

The Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN) is one of seven departments at The Faculty of Humanities (HF). The department conducts research, teaching and dissemination in general linguistics, Nordic languages (Scandinavian linguistics and Norwegian as a second language), multilingualism, medieval studies (Norse philology and Celtic), Nordic literature (including dissemination of literature and Ibsen-studies), and rhetoric and verbal communication. The Department hosts a socio-cognitive laboratory offering powerful equipment for various types of experiments and studies

About the Employer:


  • Salary NOK 543 500 – 650 300 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as senior engineer, position code 1181
  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 583 500 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as chief engineer, position code 1087
  • A professionally stimulating and friendly working environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits

Formal regulations

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

The IT-support organization at The University of Oslo and at The Faculty of Humanities is currently in the process of reorganizing. The Lab Engineer position could therefore get another organizational affiliation in the future.

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Contact details

For questions about the position: Center Director Ellen Rees

For questions about The Virtual Ibsen Centre.: Data steward Nina Marie Evensen

For questions on how to apply: HR Adviser Julie Bårdsen Tøllefsen

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