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Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship with the project LitCit - Literary Citizens of the World. Tracing the transnational crossroads of books in Early Modern Norway

A post-doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is availableat the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS), University of Oslo. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is part of the project LitCit – Literary Citizens of the World. Tracing the transnational crossroads of books in Early Modern Norway. The applicant is expected to present a research project closely related to the outline of LitCit.

The LitCit project aims to study how the introduction of the book medium influenced the development of Norwegian society before 1850. Key areas of interest are: religion, education and literacy, entertainment, new readerships, trade and the development of a public sphere and national identities. The post-doctoral research fellow will primarily contribute to the work package called “Education, religion and literacy”, with a particular focus on children’s literature and/or published in Denmark and Norway. The research must apply book and/or media history perspectives and reflect transnational connections or movements of texts, genres, distribution or production. Suggested topics include the book market for children’s literature, its agents and lines of distribution, import and translations; the history of the child reader; legal, economic or religious frameworks for children’s books; or what impact the rise of children’s literature had on society. Applying or developing new methods in digital humanities for the project is welcomed, but not a requirement.

LitCit is coordinated by the National Library of Norway, with the University of Oslo as its main project partner. The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Oslo, work at ILOS and cooperate with the participants from the National Library, the University of Oslo and other partner institutions.

The position is available for a period of three years. There is a 10 % component of the position which is devoted to teaching and administrative duties.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

  • PhD with a specialization in Comparative Literature or other relevant disciplines
  • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the main project
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline.

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • previous research experience and publications.
  • the project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • the applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and contribute to the main project
  • good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.

We offer

  • Salary 486 100 - 567 100 NOK per year, (depending on qualifications)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits


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

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed
  • List of publications
  • Project description (approximately 3-5 pages). The project description must present a feasible progress plan. It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment

Diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic works will be requested later.

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.

See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.

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.

  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 29 March 2017
  • Expected Start Date:
  • 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/505