A position as postdoctoral research fellow is available at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The appointment is a full-time position and is for a period of three years, 10% of which is devoted to compulsory work for the UiO strategic area UiO: Life Science.
More about the position
A postdoctoral research fellowship (SKO 1352) in the project “Medical, legal and lay understandings of physical evidence in rape cases (Evidently Rape)” is available at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.
Evidently Rape is an interdisciplinary project run by Professor May-Len Skilbrei and involves researchers from the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo, as well as Norwegian and international partners. The overarching aim of the project is to offer a specialised analysis of how medical evidence in cases of rape are sampled, analysed, communicated and concluded upon by medical, legal and lay actors from the scene of the crime to court. For more information about the project, see: https://www.uio.no/english/research/strategic-research-areas/life-science/research/convergence-environments/evidently_rape/.
The project is funded by UiO’s interdisciplinary strategic area UiO:Life Science as a convergence environment. Convergence environments are interdisciplinary research groups that will aim to solve grand challenges related to health and environment: www.uio.no/life-science. The 10 % mandatory work included in the position will be assigned by UiO:Life Science.
The advertised position is a postdoctoral position in sociology of law, criminology or similar. The hired scholar will contribute to Evidently Rape with an empirical and analytical exploration of the role and understanding of medical evidence in cases of rape in court proceedings and in adjudication of cases. Empirically the candidate will be expected to study how legal and lay judges deliberate and adjudicate on medical evidence in cases of rape with an aim of creating knowledge about the relationship between medical, legal and common sense knowledge and evaluations. The empirical case of Evidently Rape is Norway, and that entails that the postdoctoral scholar will observe court cases and analyse written verdicts, and perhaps also perform qualitative interviews with Norwegian criminal justice actors.
The postdoctoral research fellow will be expected to publish findings in at least three articles in high-impact English language journals, as well as contributing to joint publications. The scholar hired will also be expected to participate actively in disseminating findings from the project to the general public and relevant stake-holders in Norway and to be an active and independent participant in the convergence environment.
Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree with a specialization within sociology of law, criminology or other disciplines with a focus relevant to the project.
To be eligible, the applicant must have submitted his/her doctoral dissertation for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled researcher with a background that qualifies her or him for performing complex and ambitious empirical and theoretical work. The successful candidate should be experienced with qualitative research and preferably research on the criminal justice process. The purpose of the postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines, while contributing to the goals of Evidently Rape.
Applicants are requested to write a maximum five page long project description including information on how they aim to pursue their part of the project, which must fit within the framework of Evidently rape (link: https://www.uio.no/english/research/strategic-research-areas/life-science/research/convergence-environments/evidently_rape/about-er/ ). Please refer to a short description of the preliminary plan for the sub-project that the Postdoctoral research fellow will be responsible for here (link: https://www.uio.no/english/research/strategic-research-areas/life-science/research/convergence-environments/evidently_rape/about-er/misc/project-plan-for-postdoctoral-fellowship-in-sociology-of-law.pdf ). The plan for the sub-project will be finalised by the candidate and the project leader after start-up.
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:
- The quality of the project description and how it contributes to the research plan of Evidently Rape
- The demonstrated academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the project within the given time frame
- Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines
The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.
An excellent command of written and spoken English is required, as publications are expected to be in English. Further, the candidate must be able to understand written and spoken Norwegian well as the relevant material is only available in Norwegian.
- An academically stimulating working environment
- Salary based on salary level 532 300 – 594 400 NOK per year
- Attractive welfare arrangements
How to apply
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, with all documents as PDF-files:
- Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
- A five page research plan, including a description of the aims, methodologies and theoretical ambitions, as well as a list of planned publications. The proposal must clearly demonstrate how the research will contribute towards the goals of Evidently Rape.
- CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
- Copies of educational certificates and diplomas. Diplomas issued in other languages than Scandinavian or English must be provided in the original language as well as in an English translation. Applicants with grades from outside Norway must attach an explanation of their university grading system.
- Names and contact details of two-three references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
- A complete list of publications
- Up to five examples of academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee. In the case of work written by more than one author, a statement by the co-author(s) must be enclosed explaining the extent of the contributions by the various people involved.
Please note that both the application and the project outline must be in English.
Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.
No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.
According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act § 25 (Offentleglova), information about the candidate may be included in the public applicant list even if the candidate has requested non-disclosure.
In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of, for instance, gender or ethnicity.
Questions regarding the project and the position: Project Leader and Professor May-Len Skilbrei: +47 22850110, email@example.com
Questions regarding the recruitment system: HR-officer Siri Martenson +47 22850013, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law is situated at the Faculty of Law. The Department is Norway’s only department for research and education in Criminology and Sociology of Law. Research, teaching and dissemination activities within both fields are at the highest international level. The Department has about 30 employees and 500 students.
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31st October 2019
Post expires on Thursday October 31st, 2019