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Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages
Post-Doctoral research fellowship within the project Constraints on syntactic variation: noun phrases in early Germanic languages


A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is associated with the project Constraints on syntactic variation: noun phrases in early Germanic languages. The candidate is expected to present a research project closely connected to the main project.

The aim of the project is to achieve a better understanding of syntactic variation between languages that are closely related to each other, and to model linguistic change in the light of constraints on variation. Our basic assumption is that languages seldom display truly free variation. Hence, we want to find out which types of constraints are at work, and what the motivation behind these constraints might be, whether lexical, semantic, metrical or information-structural. The picture that this project sets out to draw relates to the way in which synchronic crossvarietal variation provides information about similarities and divergences in changes between languages that have a common ancestor.  The languages involved are Old English, Old Norse, Old Swedish, Old High German, Old Saxon, and Gothic. The project is both empirically and theoretically oriented. We aim to record in a web-based database properties related to noun-phrase internal word order in a broad range of early Germanic varieties. This information will be used to describe individual languages and to capture the constraints on word order in the different varieties. Our descriptions will be used to test, and if necessary, adjust claims about word order variation in existing literature. In the final phase of the project, we will compare how different theoretical models account for the data captured in the empirical and descriptive phases of the project. The project work is centered around three workshops, one for each year of the project. Further information about the project and the people involved can be obtained by contacting the project leader (see below).

The position is available for a period of three years. A 10 % component of the position is devoted to teaching and administrative duties. The postdoctoral fellow is furthermore expected to:

  • take part in structuring and populating the database that the project aims to create
  • contribute to the ideas of others in the project team
  • prepare publications, individually and in collaboration with other members of the project
  • generally contribute towards the success of the project

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 postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


  • PhD with a specialization in at least one of the languages of the project. Preference may be given to candiates who specialize in Old English and/or Old Norse
  • 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:

  • 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.

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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
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 3 April 2017
  • Expected Start Date:
  • 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/2014