1 PhD Position "Environmental History" (Univ. of Oslo, Norway)

1 PhD Position "Environmental History"

University of Oslo
Vom - Bis
01.08.2023 -
Dominik Collet

Applications are invited for a fully funded, three-year PhD position, with a potential fourth year of funding, in environmental history, in the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo.

1 PhD Position "Environmental History"

The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, February 28.

The PhD candidate will join a vibrant and growing research community at the University of Oslo, both in the Climate, Energy and Environment research group in the Department of Archaeology, Conservation, and History, and in the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities.

Research area is open, but projects in Twentieth-Century European (including Eastern European) or Central Asian environmental history, and/or in the history of agriculture, broadly defined, or medicine, health, and environment, may be given priority.

Job description:

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in environmental history is available at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo.

The position is associated with the research group on Environmental, Energy, and Climate History (KLIMER) at the Department of Conservation, Archaeology and History.

The doctoral research fellow will pursue an independent research project in environmental history. Prospective applicants should submit a project proposal relevant to the research group, detailing research questions, the geographic scope of the project, and potential source bases. Preference may be given to applicants who propose projects in the history of agriculture, broadly defined, and/or in the history of medicine, health, and environment, and for projects that are deeply archivally based. Projects focusing on local, national, international, transnational, and/or global scale are welcome. Research fellows may also be invited to develop a workshop based on their field of research in the provisional fourth year of the fellowship, pending completion of the PhD within three years.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within three years or 3,5 years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

Qualification requirements:

- a Master's degree or equivalent in history, environmental history, history of medicine, history of science, or environmental humanities with a specialization in history, or comparable degree. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline
- fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements, and relevant language skills for conducting archival research in the country or region of PhD study. Competence in a Scandinavian language is desirable
- personal suitability and motivation for the position

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

- the project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
- the applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
- the applicant's ability to complete research training
- good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

We offer:

- the position offers excellent conditions, with a salary of NOK 501,200–544,400, or approximately 46,000–50,000 Euro per year, plus benefits and research funds
- 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 a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
- Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
- Documentation of Language requirements (if applicable)
- Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3–5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later. The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, jobbnorge.no. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.


For more information or to discuss potential projects, please email the principal supervisor:

Dr Johanna Conterio
E-Mail: johanna.conterio@iakh.uio.no

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