PhD position in History of the Islamic Indian Ocean World

PhD position in History of the Islamic Indian Ocean World

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PhD position

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies invites applicants for a PhD position in the history of the Islamic Indian Ocean World, commencing August 1st, 2023, or as agreed. This position is for a fixed-term period of four years.

The successful applicant will join the research group Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the Department.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian master’s degree or the equivalent foreign degree in history, anthropology, Islamic studies, Arabic studies, the study of religions, or a comparable discipline.  It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who document a foreign degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and The Faculty of Humanities’ PhD Program plan.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently, in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.
  • The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English. 

Applicants must submit a proposal for a research project that will result in a doctoral dissertation. 

Applicants will be evaluated according to admission requirements in The Faculty of Humanities’ PhD Program pt. 2.1.

In assessing the applications, the academic quality and feasibility of the proposed PhD project and the academic qualifications of the candidate will be considered. Further emphasis is also placed on strategic considerations, motivation, and the applicant’s personal eligibility. The candidate is expected to have sufficient skills in relevant non-European languages to conduct the research project. Knowledge of Arabic is an advantage.

About the PhD position:

The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral degree, which qualifies for independent research and for other forms of employment that demand specific competency. The duration of the PhD position is four years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results, and administration. The plan for this part of the position is developed in collaboration with the Department at the very beginning of the employment period. 

The successful applicant’s research project will explore transregional connectivities and local developments in those parts of the Indian Ocean World that have been shaped by Islamic cultural and religious currents. We welcome proposals on topics such as transregional networks of commercial exchange, migration, and diaspora relations in the modern period since 1800 CE. It is expected that the successful applicant will work with relevant primary material in the original language, for the most part in Arabic, but it might also include other languages, for example Persian, African languages such as Swahili or Somali, South Asian languages such as Urdu or Gujarati, and Southeast Asian languages such as Malay or Indonesian. Please see the group’s website for more information about the group’s ongoing projects, members, and areas of expertise.

Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen are not eligible for employment.

The employment period may be reduced for candidates who have previously been employed in a recruitment position at other institutions.

The PhD position requires that the applicant has their regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

About the research training:

As a PhD candidate you must participate in the Faculty of Humanities’ educational program. The program consists of completing a training component of 30 ECTS, annual progress reporting and an approved midway evaluation. Click here for additional details on the content and requirements of the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment. 
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (code 1017) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 501 200 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

Your application must include:

Apply electronically via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. Applicants are required to use the electronic CV form.

The following information must be enclosed:

  • A project proposal (of up to five pages/12.000 characters, when bibliography is not included). The project proposal should clearly describe the research project, including research background, main research questions, theory, method, materials to be used, ethical considerations etc.  
  • A well-thought-out progress plan for the project.
  • A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position. 
  • CV.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list). 
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • A short summary of the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis (up to three pages).
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This must contain information about the number of ECTS of the master’s degree, or be followed by an official and personalized confirmation with this information issued by the awarding institution.  
  • Relevant certificates/references.  

The application and attachments need to be in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language or English. Documents in other languages need to be uploaded together with a certified translation into English (or a Scandinavian language). Attachments can be in either Word or PDF and must be uploaded to Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Professor Teemu Ryymin, email:, phone: 55 58 38 79 or Associate Professor Christian Mauder, email:, phone: 55 58 94 39.

The public sector shall reflect the diversity of the Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

Questions or inquiries about the electronic application process can be directed to:

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.

Shortlisted candidates will be called in to an interview.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here

Application deadline: 11.04.2023

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Deadline: 2023-04-11 at 23:59
Unit: Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Tuesday April 11th, 2023