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

The position is part of HEI: Heritage Experience Initiative.

The proposed project should be located within Archaeology and critical heritage studies and be relevant to ongoing research at the Department. Here, central research topics include the contemporary role of cultural heritage; heritage and the history of ideas in archaeology; memory studies; heritage-ethics; and heritage and sustainability in the Anthropocene. The project description must be theoretically and methodologically sophisticated. The project will be supervised by Associate Professor Þóra Pétursdóttir and is funded by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo. The candidate will be based in Oslo.

More about the position

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 at the University of Oslo 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.
Qualification requirements

A Master's degree or equivalent in Archaeology. 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.
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.
We offer

Salary NOK 479 600 – 523 200 per annum depending on qualifications
A professionally stimulating working environment
Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include:

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
Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, 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.

Application deadline: 15 August 2020
Formal regulations

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

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic 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.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

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.
Contact information

Head of Research, Associate Professor Sunniva Engh

Associate Professor Þóra Pétursdóttir

HR Adviser Karoline Farbrot (for questions regarding the recruitment process)
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