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PhD Research Fellow(s) in Sociology

Job description

There are 1-2 vacant research fellowships (SKO 1017) at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography. The position(s) are for a period of three years without compulsory work or four years with 25% compulsory work (primarily teaching).

The department is ranked as the premier academic research institute in sociology in Norway, conducting top international research while offering high quality education for students. The department is renowned both for the breadth of topics and methodologies employed and for its highly qualified researchers.

They seek candidates with the potential to contribute to the development of sociology as a discipline. The fellows are expected to pursue independent research under supervision, as outlined in their submitted project proposals. They value the contribution of young scholars to the academic environment and study programmes in the department, and encourage candidates with a desire to participate actively in departmental life to apply.

Applicants should have research interests within one or more of the main areas of sociological research at the department: global challenges, migration and integration, cultural and political participation, the Nordic model, family and the life course, social inequality, working life, and marginalisation.

The position requires participation in the Faculty of Social Sciences' organised research education programme (PhD programme) and the completion of a doctorate in sociology. The candidates who are hired will automatically be admitted to the PhD programme. Residence in Norway is expected, but PhD fellows are also encouraged to spend time abroad during the fellowship period.


Qualification requirements and assessment criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the quality of the project proposal, their academic grades, the quality of the master’s thesis and the applicant’s personal prerequisites to carry out the project. The hiring process will include an interview.

  • Applicants must have a master's degree/second-level degree in sociology or equivalent. Applicants are expected to demonstrate through their application letter and project proposal how they will contribute to the development of sociology at the department. Applicants from other disciplinary backgrounds who wish to apply must demonstrate in their application letter that their educational background, master’s thesis and project proposal fall within the scope of sociology.
  • The master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS. Applicants must have a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The master's thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a master’s degree
  • The applicant must provide a tentative description (5-10 pages) of a PhD research project that she or he plans to carry out during the fellowship period. The project description should include an explicit account of how the project relates to the abovementioned research areas. Applicants are expected to be able to complete the project during the appointment period.
  • Applicants must have native or near-native competence in English or a Scandinavian language.

The final hiring decision is the responsibility of the department’s board and will be based on an evaluation of the overall qualifications of the shortlisted candidates as well as the department’s needs.


They offer

  • Salary at pay rate 54-59, NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum, depending on qualifications
  • An 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

  • A letter of application
  • A project proposal (5-10 pages). The proposal must include the topic, relevant theory and methods and time-line. If the project requires field work/data collection, costs must be calculated and presented in a tentative budget
  • CV with full summary of education, practice and academic work (including possible publications). The period of enrolment (admission-completion) in the master's study programme must be specified
  • Academic transcripts (university degrees only)
  • Copy of master's degree diploma
  • Master's thesis. Please note that your thesis must be uploaded and registered as an "Attachment" in the electronic application
  • Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. This may be uploaded as an “Attachment”
  • Documents should be uploaded in the order presented above. Please submit documents individually and name them accordingly, e.g. Letter of application, Project proposal, CV, etc. Please do NOT submit them as a single, combined file.
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