Job description

At the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, The Faculty of Law, a position is available as Post Doctor (SKO 1352) in international human rights. The employment is for a period of 3 or 4 years, starting 1 January 2023 at the latest.

We prefer applications for a period of 4 years with 25% compulsory teaching duty. During a four-year appointment, the candidate will be required to acquire basic university pedagogical competence as part of the compulsory 25 %. Alternatively, the fellowship can run for three years with 10 % teaching duties.

Applicants should indicate if they apply for 3 or 4 years.

Background for the position and focus area

The Centre’s research on human rights takes place within law, social sciences or the humanities. We are looking for a candidate with background in one or a combination of these disciplines. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field, we welcome applications from candidates who combine insights and methods from different disciplines. Research projects on all aspects of human rights are welcome.

Applicants must document competence within human rights research. Candidates must demonstrate how they will contribute to developing human rights as a research field within the Centre through research, publication, and teaching (where relevant).

Experience with applying for external research funding will be considered an asset. Active dissemination of research is expected Applicants are requested to consult the Centre’s new strategy for the years 2022-2030.


The person that is hired will teach mandatory and elective subjects at the Centre’s Master program and may also contribute to the development of new educational courses and to the overall teaching at the Faculty of Law.

The person that is hired will teach mandatory and elective subjects at the Centre’s Master program and may also contribute to the development of new educational courses and to the overall teaching at the Faculty of Law.

Qualification requirements and personal skills

  • A PhD degree or an equivalent in law, social sciences or humanities, is required.
  • The doctoral dissertation must have been approved at the time of application.
  • A four-year appointment requires that the candidate, at the time of the appointment, have necessary academic and language skills to conduct teaching, supervision, and exam participation in English.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured way.
  • Applicants must have good collaboration skills and the potential to contribute to the development of a good research environment.


  • The application should include a project description of 5-10 pages. The project description should discuss the key issue/s addressed, research questions and hypotheses, reflections on theories and methods to be applied, possible research ethical challenges, publication plans, and a timetable for carrying out the work.
  • In accordance with applicable regulations, the assessment of applicants will take into account academic and pedagogical qualifications, and possible other qualifying experiences. Norwegian and/or international project experience, language skills, ability to collaborate, administrative qualifications, and personal suitability will be taken into account.
  • When assessing the applicants, considerable emphasis will be placed on the academic quality of the project description and the applicant’s personal abilities to complete the proposed project Emphasis will also be put on the applicant’s professional and personal abilities to complete the proposed project, including publications other than the doctoral dissertation, documented ability to complete previous projects, and academic grades. Since the research environment will be multidisciplinary, experience with and willingness to multidisciplinary collaboration will count positively.

The applicants will be evaluated by an assessment committee, which ranks the applicants based on the criteria listed and interviews. A separate interview committee may be established. The final decision is taken by the faculty’s appointment board.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • A cover letter describing the applicant’s research interest and motivation for the position.
  • A project description of 5-10 pages (see qualification requirements above).
  • Curriculum Vitae with comprehensive overview of education, work experience and research experience.
  • Copies of educational certificates (PhD and MA degrees). Foreign diplomas must be provided in the original language as well as in an English or Scandinavian language translation. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university grading system.
  • A complete list of publications and other relevant documentation.
  • Up to 3 academic publications that the applicant wishes to be considered. If work is written by several authors, the division of work between them must be documented with the co-author’s declaration. The Doctoral degree is seen as one work, also if it is based on articles.
  • Names and contact details for at least three reference persons (email address, phone number and relation to applicant).

    Application with attachments must be submitted via our electronic recruitment system. Please click “apply for this position”.

    Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 573 900 to NOK 636 700 per annum depending on qualifications (position code 1352).
  • Academically stimulating working environment.  
  • Pension arrangements in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Welfare arrangements.

Formal regulations

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.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For academic questions: head of department, professor Bård A. Andreassen, email:

For administrative questions: administrative head of department Teis Daniel Kjelling, email:

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 Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) 

The NCHR is a multi- and interdisciplinary centre. Through research, teaching, and dissemination, the Centre shall promote the subject of human rights as an academic field, and strengthen its international position as a central actor and attractive collaborative partner within the human rights field. The NCHR emphasizes the connection between research, education, and practical application, amongst other things through international projects and programmes. For more information, see the NCHR website.

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