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 Sociology and Human Geography is Norway's leading department for both Sociology and Human Geography. Research, teaching and dissemination activities within both fields are of the highest level. The Department is renowned both for the breadth of topics and methodologies employed and for its highly qualified researchers. Gender balance among the academic staff is an important distinguishing feature. The Department has 30 permanent academic staff, more than 30 doctoral and post doctoral research fellows and 12 administrative staff members. There are approximately 80 PhD. candidates and 1500 students enrolled in the Department.
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Human Geography
PhD Research Fellow in Sociology

There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for a PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017) in Sociology. The position is either for a period of three years (with no compulsory work), or for a period of four years including compulsory work (primarily teaching). A decision regarding the duration of employment will be made by the Department Board upon appointment to the position and in light of the Department's teaching needs.

Job description

The position forms part of the research project "Global Labour in Rural Societies" (GLARUS) funded by FRIHUMSAM (Norwegian Research Council). The project addresses how contemporary global flows of low-skilled and manual labour transform the social fabric of non-urban regions in Western society. The position is within work package 4, "Perspectives on changing rural communities", where social change is explored from explicit actor and micro-level perspectives, and where field-work in Lier municipality close to Oslo is envisioned. The PhD fellow will be part of a research group comprising of researchers at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography UiO and Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU. The project has international partners in the UK and the USA. The project's overall empirical content will be drawn from register data, surveys, qualitative interviews and field-work, but this specific position will be devoted to empirical analysis based on fieldwork and other qualitative research methods. More information on the project, including project description, can be obtained here.


Applicants must have a master's degree/second-level degree (120 ECTS) in Sociology or, alternatively Migration Studies, as well as skills in qualitative data analysis. The master's thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. The successful applicant must be able to carry out interviews, observation and dissemination in Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) and in English. FRIHUMSAM expects PhD-students financed by this program to expand their horizons in international settings, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to apply for a mobility stipend for a 3-12 month stay abroad. Residence in Norway is otherwise expected.

The position requires that the person who is hired participates in the Faculty of Social Sciences' organised research education programme (PhD programme) and that the work results in a doctorate in Sociology. The person who is hired will automatically be admitted to the PhD programme. If the person who is hired has a disciplinary background in a field other than Sociology, additional courses in Sociology might be required.

The hiring process will include an interview. In addition to an overall evaluation of the applicant's grades, particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project sketch (5 p.) in regard to the overall GLARUS project and on the quality of the master's thesis. Reference is also made to the applicable guidelines for appointing research fellows at the University of Oslo.

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How to apply

The electronic application should include:

  • A letter of application
  • Project sketch (appr. 5 pages) which must include research questions, relevant theory and methods and time-line. Applicants are expected to be able to complete the project during the appointment period
  • CV with full summary of education, practice and academic employment. 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
  • Complete list of publications and any academic work.
  • Names and contact details of 3 persons for references.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit, please follow the link "send application". International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

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:
  • 8 March 2017
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/1676