The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Department of Musicology offers classes at all levels within a broad range of subjects pertaining to musicology. The staff and students are involved in research within a number of different fields, but mainly with a particular focus on music history and aesthetics, cultural analysis and cognitive music research. The Department has 45 employees including 10 Phd- and postdoctoral students. 90 bachelor- and master students are admitted each autumn semester.

Department of Musicology
Doctoral Research Fellowship in Popular Music Studies

A PhD Research Fellowship in popular music studies is available at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo.

It is expected that the successful candidate will work on an independent project dealing with a topic in the area of popular music research. Projects on remix culture, Internet and new media are encouraged but projects in other areas such as production, sound studies and identity will also be considered. The candidate will work under the guidance of Associate Professor Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen.

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 three 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.


  • A Master's degree in musicology, media and communication studies, sociology, or similar fields that offers a solid foundation for research into the area of popular music studies. The applicant is required to document that the degree corresponds to the profile for the post.
  • The Master's thesis must have been submitted by the time of application, and the Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of appointment.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

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

  • An annual salary of NOK 432 700 - 489 300 (salary level 50-57), depending on level of expertise
  • A professionally stimulatinging working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits

Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • Application letter describing the applicant's qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university are advised to 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.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

See also 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.

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.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Application deadline:
  • 1 February 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/13844