Job description

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

The Department of literature, area studies and European languages (ILOS) aims at strengthening its portfolio on Ukraine. We therefore seek a scholar who specializes on topics related to literature, language or area studies focusing on Ukraine or Ukrainian. The successful candidate must develop a project that is anchored within the above-mentioned fields of research. Comparative and interdisciplinary work is welcome, but it is required that Ukraine/Ukrainian be the major focal point of the project.

The University of Oslo does not currently have a permanent position linked to Ukraine but offers classes on Ukrainian language, literature, and history/politics. It is expected that the successful candidate should work with the section for East European and Slavic studies in order to develop the curriculum. We seek a candidate who is passionate about teaching as well as research.

In order to apply for the position, the candidate must present a project description and explain how their profile fits into the main profile of the department. Only projects that thematically are linked to the department’s portfolio (language/literature/area studies) will be taken into consideration. It is required that the applicant as a minimum can read Ukrainian.

Research projects pertaining to modern or contemporary aspects of Ukrainian civilization, literature, or language may be given priority. 

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More about the position

The position is available for a period of 4 years. There is a 25 % component of the position which is devoted to teaching and administrative duties. These duties include obtaining basic teaching qualifications.

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment 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.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in Ukrainian literature, language or area studies (history/politics/civilization)
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Good working knowledge of Ukrainian, reading skills at a minimum
  • Interest in teaching and outreach
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the approval of the doctoral thesis.

Further qualifications

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The research 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.
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer

  • salary NOK 544 400 – 626 300 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
  • List of publications
  • Project description (approx. 3 – 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions). 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 may be requested later.

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

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.

The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo. 

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.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

 Head of Department, professor Christine Meklenborg Nilsen, email  

Head of Administration Karina Kleiva, email

HR Adviser Evian Nordstrand, email (regarding questions on how to apply)

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 Literature, Area Studies and European Languages is involved in extensive research, teaching and outreach in the fields of literature, area studies and linguistics within European languages apart from the Nordic ones. The Department has an active research environment with a wide range of international collaboration. Many of our researchers play a part in giving the general public insight into the results of this research. The Department has about 130 members of staff: approximately 80 in academic posts, approximately 30 Ph.D. fellows and postdoctoral fellows, and 18 in administrative posts. The Department has approximately 300 master students and 1000 bachelor students.

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