Kategoriarkiv: Humanities

Post doc/ Associate professor for project on Urban Atmosphere and Lighting

The Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, invites applications for position as Postdoc or Associate Professor for a project on Urban Atmosphere and Lighting, starting from August 1st, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. These positions are limited to a period of 2 years.


The position is part of the project “Living with Nordic Lighting” funded by the Velux foundation, headed by Associate Professor Mikkel Bille. The project runs for 3 years from January 2018, with a cross-disciplinary team that includes Professor David Pinder, a PhD-student, an Assistant Professor, and several others from anthropology and cultural geography. The project exploreslighting design in urban spaces in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm, and investigates howurban atmospheres are shaped through both lighting design and everyday practices. The focusis on lighting as an atmospheric element in social life, and on ways of studying atmospheres. There is a strong emphasis on theoretical development and methodological innovation. The project is team-oriented and will involve collective fieldwork and close collaboration.


The Postdoc/Associate Professor will focus on how urban spaces are planned by architects, designers and politicians through lighting. Ambitious lighting plans have been developed for Stockholm (2010), Oslo (2011) and Copenhagen (2016) that showcase how lighting is used to ensure safety, comfort, and energy saving. The research examines the role that light planning and design practices play in attuning people and places by asking how Nordic lighting standards are adopted and adapted by designers, and how urban light designs are entangled in political visions for the city. This will include substantial fieldwork among professionals in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, as well as archival research on master plans and architectural competitions. This research must also contribute to collective publications on the relation between planning and everyday practices, by highlighting the role of designers and planners.


The project is located at the Department of People and Technology that includes geography, planning studies, and psychology, and is part of the MOSPUS research group (Mobility, Space, Place, and Urban Studies). Read more at https://ruc.dk/en/department-people-and-technology .



Responsibilities and tasks

The primary duties are research, including scientific publication and communication. The postdoctoral/associate professor is also required to share knowledge with the rest of society, including through participation in public debate.


An associate professor’s tasks may also include performance of research management, educational guidance and supervision of assistant professors as well as academic assessment work.


The ideal candidate for the position is expected to:


  • Conduct field work in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, for up to 2 months in each place
  • Publish articles alone and in collaboration with team members in top international journals
  • Take active part in team collaboration
  • Take up to three months research stay at another European university



Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent within the following scientific areas Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology or related fieldwork-based areas. The required qualifications within the scientific areas are:


  • Extensive ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Interview skills in a Scandinavian language
  • Experience of publishing in English
  • Substantial knowledge of literature relating to either sensory ethnography, affect or atmosphere studies, or field work among professionals.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with mapping or visualization
  • Ability to read German or French


Qualifications for Associate Professor

Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent within the following scientific areas Geography, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology or related fieldwork-based areas.


Documented scientific qualifications such as an assistant professor equivalent in relation to the above mentioned subject areas.


Required qualifications:

  • Extensive ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Interview skills in a Scandinavian language
  • Experience of publishing in English
  • Substantial knowledge of literature relating to either sensory ethnography, affect or atmosphere studies, or field work among professionals.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with mapping or visualization
  • Ability to read German or French 

Exclusively for associate professor:

  • Documented research and teaching qualifications corresponding to what can be achieved through satisfactory appointment as an assistant professor in relation to the above subject area(s).


Both Postdoc and Associate Professor shall be enterprising and possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities, in addition to being willing to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration across the department.



In the assessment of candidates for a position as Postdoc consideration will be given to;


  • scientific production,
  • research prospective and the ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • experience in teaching and education,
  • other academic experience, e.g. public dissemination, organizing research conferences or seminars
  • ability to contribute to development of the department’s internal and external cooperation,


In the assessment of candidates for a position as Associate Professor consideration will be given to;


  • research topic,
  • scientific production beyond the contribution from the PhD,
  • research prospective and the ability to promote and utilize research results,
  • experience in teaching and education development and management,
  • academic experience basis, preferably including international academic experience, e.g. from reviewing or editing academic papers and/or from organizing research conferences or seminars,
  • ability to contribute to the development of the department’s internal and external cooperation,



For further information about the position or work package, please contact Mikkel Bille mikkelbille@ruc.dk on tel. (+45) 4674 3031.


Terms of employment

The employment is on full time 37 hours per week and you will refer to the Head of Department Anders Siig Andersen.

The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Application procedure 

After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.

Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.

The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and – later on – their assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

To apply for the position go to www.ruc.dk/en/job/
Only applications in English are accepted.
Applications must include:
1. Cover letter
2. CV
3. Documentation of education
3. Teaching portfolio (read more about teaching portfolio at Roskilde University here)
4. A complete list of publications
6. A maximum of 5 relevant scientific works that you want included in the assessment

If any of the publications that you want included in the assessment are the result of a joint effort, the extent and the nature of your contribution to each individual work must then be clarified in a co-author statement (find template here)

Please submit your application no later than 16-04-2018. 
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration.
Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
Application due date


Post expires on Monday April 16th, 2018

PhD-scholarship in Food Psychology – Perception and Decision-making (2018-224-01725)

At Department of Communication and Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, a position as PhD Fellow in in Food Psychology – Perception and Decision-making is available from 1 May 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

In recent years more and more emphasis has been put on the psychology related to food. From an initial focus on maladaptive food consumption (e.g. overeating, bulimia, anorexia, etc.), and to today where research seem to have broaden on food consumption and perception and decision making in the broader public. Eating food is not merely a question of flavour it is a multisensory experience that relates to both experience and expectations. An increasing interest in how information from the different senses integrate and form a perceptual experience in an observer has started to uncover the intricate interactions where for example flavour of sweetness can be modulated through visual information as well as the sensation of temperature (Spence, 2017). Knowledge that has the potential to be implemented commercially to enhance the dining experience of a consumer or perhaps even to compensate for unhealthy substances in food (i.e. by lowering the amount of sugar while compensating through colours).

The overall goal of the PhD-project is to bridge two sub-projects; first an exploration of food addiction and how this relates to established forms of addiction-like behaviour, and secondly, the multisensory experience of food and how this may modulate consumer behaviour and decision-making.

The PhD-fellowship is partly sponsored through the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC) by funding from the Neuroscience & Neuroimaging programme as well as the Food Quality & Health programme, and as such, part of the fellowship will have to be spend an extended period in China and the rest in our laboratory at Aalborg University. Through the Sino-Danish framework there is an option for the candidate to obtain a double degree from Aalborg University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences following a successful defence. The PhD-candidate will also be central to the further development of The Sino-Danish Center and the related research themes in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging and Food and Health between Danish Universities and University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) see: http://sdc.university/research/research-areas/. The position will be involved in building research-relations and collaborations between the two programmes with a view to contributing to both the Master’s Program in International Food Quality and Health and Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

The employer is Aalborg University and the place of work is at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) at Department of Communication and Psychology (http://ccn.aau.dk/), Kroghstræde 3, 9220 Aalborg. Teaching activities are primarily conducted at the SDC, Yanqihu Campus, Beijing. In addition, the PhD-student is expected to be part of a growing collaboration on Food and Perception between CCN, SDC, the Flavour Institute (http://www.flavourinstitute.dk/) and AU Food (http://food.au.dk/en/foodresearch/science-teams/food-quality-perception-society/).

Qualification requirements
PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree, or expect to have obtained the Master’s degree before 1 May 2018 (Statement from thesis supervisor, verified transcripts, thesiscontract and documentation of the date of the exam must be enclosed). According to the PhD Order, the PhD study comprises among other requirements: Participation in active research environments, including stays at other, mainly foreign, research institutions, private research enterprises etc.  

The candidate is expected to have a strong background in one or more of the following; programming (e.g. MatLab, Phyton, R, etc.), experimental psychology, psychophysics, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, addiction, memory, attention, perception, multi-sensory perception, and gastrophysics. Although not a requirement, expertise with methods like EEG or eye-tracking can be a benefit for the project, as well as knowledge of Chinese language and culture would be advantageous. Finally, the candidate is also expected to add to the existing project ideas as well as be an integrated part of a new research branch in the psychology of food perception and consumption at Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Aalborg University as well as the broader international Network.

General information
It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at Doctoral School of the Faculty of the Humanities, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of 27 August 2013 (PhD Order).

Please visit the website of the doctoral school  for further information on the PhD programme, application procedure, and admission requirements.
The application must include the following and be written in English or Danish

  • Application form
  • Copy of diplomas/transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Project description
  • List of written work (optional)
  • Sample of written work, e.g. Master’s thesis (optional)
  • A certified copy of IELTS or TOEFL test result (please see admission requirements for details on language requirements)

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean will make a decision for allocating the stipend. Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not. The selected applicants will be informed of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will have the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that applies to the applicant in question. When the employment process has been terminated, a final rejection will be sent to the applicants who are not considered.

The Faculty draws your attention to the fact that the applicant’s project description may be tested for plagiarism.

The application can only be submitted by using the link below. Please note that zipped files are not supported by the recruitment system, please upload only Word or PDF files.

For further information on the doctoral research programme, please visit the website of The PhD Programme “Human Centred Communication and Informatics” (HCCI) For further information on the PhD stipend, please contact Associate professor Thomas Alrik Sørensen, e-mail: alrik@hum.aau.dk, phone: +45 9044 7255 or Head of department Mikael Vetner, e-mail: vetner@hum.aau.dk, phone: +45 9940 7263

For general information about the application process etc., please contact Anne Lone Bråten, e-mail: alb@adm.aau.dk.

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of March 26, 2012 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance Circular of June 13, 2007 on the employment structure at Danish Universities.


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance’s current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.

Deadline: 1 April 2018
Unit: Department of Communication and Psychology
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday April 1st, 2018

Doctoral Research Fellow – Quality at the cost of equity?

Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate at the Centre for Educational Measurement, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo.

The position will be within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skodowska-Curie (MSC) European Training Network (ETN) “Outcomes and Causal Inference in International Comparative Assessments” (OCCAM). OCCAM is a graduate school for 15 early-stage researchers investigating trends and differences in educational achievement, the determinants of educational outcomes, and changes in educational outcomes from an international perspective. Further information on the network can be found on www.etn-occam.eu.

The early-stage researcher will conduct a research project on “Quality at the cost of equity?”. A particular focus of this project is on differential educational effectiveness, in particular the interplay of school characteristics, instructional quality and differential student outcomes in an international perspective. The successful applicant for this project should deliver first ideas for studies describing and interpreting patterns of change in the relationship between the level of student outcomes and the degree of inequality across countries and over time, using for example data from the multiple waves of PIRLS (2001–2016) and TIMSS (1995–2015). This also includes modelling differential effects of school characteristics and instructional quality on both quality and equity of student outcomes. The project is expected to evaluate the extent to which countries succeed in coupling educational quality and equity, and how unintended effects (e.g., inequality, segregation) can be prevented.

There are several other projects in the OCCAM network working on closely related issues, and it should be expected that at least one of the studies may be done in cooperation with another PhD-candidate in the network. Besides working on the dissertation, the successful candidate will receive international, intersectoral, and interdisciplinary research trainings including network-wide meetings, research visits, and a secondment. The project will be supervised by Prof. Dr Rolf V. Olsen and Prof. Dr. Sigrid Blömeke.

Selected responsibilities:

  • Applicants are supposed to conduct self-contained research targeted at receiving a PhD in education (cumulative dissertation based on scientific, peer-reviewed publications)
  • Data analysis, documentation, and publication of results in international, peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences
  • Limited administrative responsibilities within the network and CEMO
  • Work on these tasks in collaboration with the OCCAM network

More about the position

The fellowship period is up to 3 years devoted to research education with a possible extension to 4 years with a compulsory work load of 25% that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The successful candidate must satisfy the formal requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD program:

– Documented successful completion of a Master’s degree program (normally equivalent to a Norwegian two years’ MA degree/ECTS 120 credits), or a similar higher education program, in both cases with thesis, and within relevant and accepted subject areas

– Documented results of the masters’ degree required: Minimal grade B or equivalent (ECTS grading scale) including the grade on the thesis

For more information, please see our web site: link.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in an area of relevance to educational assessment, educational effectiveness, educational psychology, or related fields (obtained at latest in July 2018)
  • Excellent academic record, testified by the transcript of records and, if relevant, by previous research output (e.g. scientific publications)
  • Research interests in a) inequality in education, b) quality of instruction, and/or c) international comparative research and international assessments (e.g., PISA, TALIS)
  • Training in quantitative methods and attitude to rigorous empirical analysis
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills; knowledge of Norwegian is not required
  • Mobility rule: Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years before the recruitment date (01 August 2018)
  • Early-stage researcher status: Applicants must, at the date of recruitment, be in the first 4 years of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a strong personal commitment

Personal skills

In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be put on:

  • The applicant’s academic attitude for completing the research training program
  • The research proposal that outlines the candidate’s ideas for self-contained research with relevance for the topic described above
  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the post, including his/her ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary and internationally composed academic community
  • Other qualifications (as listed above) that meet the objectives which form the basis of this type of post

We offer

  • This is an opportunity to work at an established and international research unit which conducts basic research in educational measurement and applied research in early childhood, secondary, and higher education. Employment at CEMO will give the successful candidate the opportunity to work in a highly cross-disciplinary field in an internationally competitive research group with a high degree of international and national collaboration. Moreover, the international perspective is further highlighted for this position given that the successful candidate will be part of the network OCCAM, including an extended period of secondment at another European university, and several shorter visits across Europe participating in training activities
  • The Faculty of Educational Sciences offers a structured doctoral program in which PhD candidates are trained in various fields of educational science, including methodology and research in substantive areas.
  • Salary NOK 436.900 – 490.900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • The position as a research fellow is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. In addition a modest Family Allowance is available from the OCCAM network for candidates satisfying specific EU criteria

How to apply

The application must include:

  • OCCAM confirmation on eligibility (mobility rule, early-stage researcher status; see www.etn-occam.eu)
  • A cover letter
  • A brief outline of potential research studies leading up to the dissertation (2500 words including bibliography, tables, footnotes). The description of these studies should include first ideas of potential research questions to be examined, methods to be applied, and information about how much experience with these methods exist. The proposal need to address the overarching topic briefly described above
  • Documentation of the earlier education (diplomas, transcripts, information of the University’s grading system)
  • An electronic version of the Master’s thesis and any other academic works that may be of relevance to the application. If the thesis has been written in languages other than English, a short executive summary in English (1-2 pages) needs to be handed in. The grade of the Master thesis must be clearly indicated
  • A curriculum vitae that also includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific works
  • 1-2 references with contact information or letters of reference (e.g., Master’s thesis supervisors)

Applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries where English is not the official language must document their proficiency in English. For more information see: link.

Incomplete applications will under normal circumstances not be assessed.

As a rule, interviews will be conducted as part of the appointment process.

Original diplomas and grade transcripts from previous courses of study need to be presented or sent to us from the universities from which the PhD candidate obtained the degrees.

Further information on the position can be obtained from Professor Rolf V. Olsen or Senior Adviser Anne-Catherine Lehre. Further information about CEMO can be found here: link.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign 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 etc.

Contact information

Title: Rolf Vegar Olsen

Phone number: +47 98859376

E-mail: r.v.olsen@cemo.uio.no

Title: Anne-Catherine Lehre

Phone number: +47 22854151

E-mail: a.c.w.g.lehre@cemo.uio.no


About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO) provides a stimulating research environment

by bringing internationally renowned substantive and methodological experts together. Research at CEMO combines basic research and applications of advanced measurement techniques to solve core educational problems. CEMO also contributes to the development of measurement competence through teaching and outreach. The centre is part of a broad international network and manages several externally funded research grants.

Post expires on Sunday April 15th, 2018

3 Postdoctoral Positions at Centre for Medieval Literature (SDU and University of York)

The Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU, Odense) and the University of York invites applications for a total of three postdoctoral positions. (It is possible to apply to both universities with the same research plan, but you must make separate applications following the procedures of each institution.)

The position available at the University of Southern Denmark (Department of History) is a 3-year post with a start date of September 1, 2018.

The two positions available at the University of York (Department of English and Related Literature) are 2 year, 11-month posts with a start date of September 1, 2018. Applications to York need to be made through the University of York system and will be advertised in due course.

The CML’s research is interdisciplinary and multilingual, combining literary study with history, history of art, history of science, and other disciplines. We cover a broad range of topics addressing texts within and, especially, beyond the established medieval literary canons. The CML works to establish theoretical models for the study of medieval literature in a European scale. Our research is organised in three main research strands: Imperial Languages, Canon and Library, and Transformations and Translocations.

Successful candidates will be committed to 1) high quality research 2) collaboration which unites scholarship across disciplines and languages, 3) creating a shared research environment across both universities, and 4) situating their research within a wider European framework. In addition to describing your research topic and how it will fit into one or more of the three research strands of the CML, your proposal should include a statement about your potential contributions to the teamwork that is an important aspect of the CML. In the case of otherwise equally-ranked candidates, research in the area of Slavonic literature will be preferred for one of the three positions.

In addition to conducting their own research, the successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the lively and collaborative research environment of the CML. Such contributions may include: writing blog posts for the website; participating in and organizing reading groups; running workshops and/or conferences, which in addition to a specific focus should have a broad appeal relevant to other Centre members; attending events organized by other Centre members, including those that are not directly tied to the candidates’ own research area; and attending CML-wide events such as annual gatherings bringing together members from both SDU and York. In order to facilitate this, the successful candidates are expected to be based primarily at their home institution (whether SDU or York) during the CML autumn (mid-September – mid-December), winter (February – March), and spring (April – June) terms. Each postdoc based at York will also be expected to spend some time at SDU, and vice versa.

For more information:
Centre for Medieval Literature, www.sdu.dk/cml
Lars Boje Mortensen, Centre Leader, labo@sdu.dk

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
Employment as Postdoc is temporary (max. 4 years). Employment stops automatically by the end of the period.

To qualify for the position you must have completed a PhD-degree by the application deadline.
The jobdescription will be mainly research, additionally there will be teaching to a certain extent and other tasks to a limited extent.
The university will determine the distribution between the various tasks. The extent of the tasks can vary over time.
An upgrade of pedagogical qualifications is not part of the position. Thus employment as Postdoc cannot stand alone as a qualification for later employment as associate professor/senior researcher.
Applications will be assessed by an expert committee. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied. For this  post the shortlisted candidares will be invited to an interview in Paris on June 7.

Appointment to this position may also include teaching obligations in regard to related degree programmes.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015
Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online”.
Please note that we only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files.
All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.
In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.
The Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying.
Application and all appendices must be in English.
Material in any language of publication relevant for the field will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

An application must include:

  • Application (cover letter including a research proposal, in all max 5 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Up to 3 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file.

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Deadline: 3 April 2018
Unit: Faculty of Humanities
Campus: Odense
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Tuesday April 3rd, 2018

Postdoctoral position in Humanistic Ageing Studies

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Postdoctoral position in Humanistic Ageing Studies

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral position at the Department of Foreign Languages, by plan starting 1 June 2018. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years and is connected to the research project “Historicizing the Ageing Self: Literature, Medicine, Psychology, Law” (The Ageing Self project).

The Department of Foreign Languages spans nine different languages, and teaching and research are conducted in the disciplines language/linguistics, literature, cultural studies and didactics (Dep of Foreign Languages ). The Department has around 50 permanent academic staff members, along with post-doc fellows, around twenty PhD candidates and eleven administrative members of staff.

The research project is based at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bergen and funded until September 2021 by the SAMKUL programme of the Norwegian Research Council (the SAMKUL programme). The postdoctoral project to be carried out within the three year period must be located in the field of humanistic ageing studies and share some of the main objectives of the larger research project. The applicants should define their own project within the framework of Western cultural/conceptual history, and with a main focus on literary/philosophical and scientific discourses on ageing and old age. The person employed is expected to work in Bergen as part of the project team and to take part in tasks and activities related to the SAMKUL project (i.e. work meetings, project events, editing). 

Qualifications and eligibility

The candidate must hold a Norwegian PhD-degree or an equivalent degree in a subject area with relevance for the SAMKUL project or have submitted his or her doctoral dissertation for evaluation within the closing date of the application. It is a condition for appointment that the dissertation is approved.

The applicants must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills. In assessing the applications, both the academic quality of the project and the applicant’s academic qualifications will be considered (publications and other relevant experience).

The selection criteria will include, listed in order of priority:

  • Publications within the field of humanistic ageing studies
  • Qualifications in cultural and conceptual history
  • Interdisciplinary orientation
  • Language skills, especially English

In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s professional eligibility will also weigh in.

About the postdoctoral position

A postdoctoral fellowship is a fixed term position and the main goal of the position is to qualify the successful candidate for professional top positions. The duration of the postdoctoral position is three years. Candidates cannot be employed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one fixed term period at the same institution.

Applicants shall put forward a proposal for a project for qualifying work. The proposal shall include a progress plan. It is a premise that the selected candidate will complete the project within the stipulated period of employment.

The proposal shall include a progress plan and outline plans for publication in international, academically recognized publication channels.

The postdoctoral position demands that the applicant has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Foreign Languages and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

We offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1352/Pay range 24) in the state salary scale, currently approx. NOK 490.500 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.


How to apply

Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site: “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form. The application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the PhD-thesis.
  • CV.
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and diploma for the PhD or documentation showing that the thesis has been submitted for assessment.
  • A short summary of the PhD-thesis (up to 3 pages).
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • A summary of the proposed project (up to 5 pages, excluding the bibliography).
  • A progress plan for the proposed project.
  • Bibliography for the proposed project.
  • List of publications (including scientific and other publications)
  • Any publications in the applicant’s name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Attachments can be either in Word of pdf-format.

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Coordinator of Research, Randi Koppen on email randi.koppen@uib.no or the Project coordinator Margery Vibe Skagen on email margery.skagen@uib.no or telephone (+47) 55 58 25 30 or Research Advisor Jan A. Johansen on email jan.johansen@uib.no or telephone (+47) 55 58 93 78.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about the appointment process here.

Questions or inquiries about the electronic application process can be directed to: fakadm@hf.uib.no

Application deadline: 31 March 2018

Reference no: 17/15594

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Ethnographic Research on Social Trust, Social Capital, and the Romanian Welfare State 952424

Department of Global Studies, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

Applicants are invited to apply for a two-year postdoctoral position that will start 1st July 2018 (or as soon as possible thereafter), to research ethnographically social capital and trust in the Romanian welfare state context.

Place of employment: Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.

The research project
The funding for this two-year post has been generously made available by the Aarhus University Research Foundation (Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond), through the project entitled “
Observing social trust in the everyday workings of welfare states – Romania and Denmark compared (OSTWEL)”. More information can be found here: http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/jeremy-morris(075b3bed-2a7a-4c07-af5c-9632de377b6e)/projects.html

The successful applicant will join the Department of Global Studies (School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University) and a small research team led by associate professor Jeremy Morris. The project proposes an empirically-grounded approach to analyse and understand social trust by examining citizen–street-level bureaucrat (SLB) analogous interactions in two ‘polar-opposite’ trust societies (Denmark + Romania).

Aarhus University has a solid research infrastructure that includes close collaboration between area and historical studies, in the Department of Global Studies, and the Department of Anthropology – both in the School of Culture and Societies.
Research and postdoctoral project

The project envisages the Postdoc undertaking ethnographic fieldwork (4-6 months) focusing on social welfare access; parallel in-depth interviews with bureaucrats and claimants in Romania, and analyses of existing national and European social attitudes survey data focusing on social trust. Hypotheses and detailed research questions are necessarily grounded and inductive.

The conceptual problem of trust (whether ‘generalised’ or ‘particularised’) is compounded by the lack of empirical grounding in existing research. The project therefore proposes a methodological departure in examining trust from an ethnographic perspective, triangulated with existing survey data and interrogating existing theory, thus resulting in a multi-level/multi-approach analysis.

To do this, the project focusses on micro-level trust in Street Level Bureaucrat – applicant encounters which entail discretion, flexibility, and uncertainty. Therefore, they are a natural lab for the manifestation of social trust and capital(s), and a test of how they work in practice, particularly in ‘low trust’ societies like those in former-Eastern Bloc countries.

Qualifications and job requirements
Applicants for the position must hold a PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (sociology, social anthropology, social policy or equivalent) and should also document:
•    Experience of field-work driven qualitative social research leading to international publications
•    More specifically, skills and a track record in initiating qualitative fieldwork in bureaucratic contexts (public-sector, MGOs, municipalities) related to the state provision of social security or a similar context (e.g. housing)
•    an international research profile, as well as excellent research quality
•    the ability to work independently as well as in collaboration within a research team
•    excellent spoken and written Romanian language skills. Hungarian skills desirable, as research planned in Transylvanian regions.

The successful candidate will be expected, under the guidance of the team leader (Principle Investigator) to develop their research within the framework provided by the grant awarded and while some of the tasks and research frames are pre-defined, the Postdoc will be expected to contribute original research ideas. In addition the candidate will collaborate in research analysis and publications together with the team leader and Danish-context PhD; be expected to present their research at international meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed international scientific journals in a timely fashion.

The application must be uploaded in English, and must elaborate in 1-2 A4 pages (less than 1000 words) how the applicant would theoretically approach, methodologically plan for, and anticipate their research findings for this project. The proposal must be uploaded together with the letter of application.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Jeremy Morris (jmorris@cas.au.dk).

For more information about the application, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn (mbb@au.dk).

2 January 2018.

Institutional context
The Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University is one of the largest environments for research and education
in Northern Europe. We investigate human cultural and social forms of expression and practice. For more information on the research activities of the School of Culture and Society, please see: http://cas.au.dk/en/about-the-school/school-profile/.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Location: Aarhus
Deadline: 2 January 2018
Unit: School of Culture and Society
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Post expires on Tuesday January 2nd, 2018