PhD fellow in Social/Cultural Anthropology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Sep 2020

The position

A PhD position is available at the Department of Social Science (ISV) , Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (HSL) . The position is to form part of a new research project entitled “Emergent ethnographies: On people, on land. An anthropological study of how people cope with profound environmental changes, climatically and otherwise, to their lives and livelihood”, which in turn is anchored in the research group EA:RTH (Ethnographic Action: Researching Transformations of Humans and Environment on a Disrupted Planet), at the social anthropology unit at the department.

The PhD fellow will have its daily workplace at Campus Tromsø.

The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distrubuted as 25 % each year, and will consist of teaching and other duties for the faculty.

A 6-12 months’ stay at a university abroad is encouraged for all PhD fellows.

The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor

(PhD) are available at the following address:

The project

The project seeks a PhD fellow with a research focus on ways in which people are coping with fundamental transformations of their lives and forms of livelihood brought about by eco-systemic, environmental, climatic, or other changes. The research group EA:RTH is based on the premise that long-term ethnographic fieldwork is an essential method for an in-depth understanding of the entangled human-environment disruptions that characterize the world today; it is therefore essential that such fieldwork underpins the research project. Applicants with documented experience of audio-visual methods, including ethnographic film, still photography or digital media, will be given preference.

Any regional specialisation or fieldwork location(s) are welcome. More significant than specific geographical focus is thus that the PhD research project directly relates to one or several elements of the overall research strategy of UiT. It is equally important that the PhD project either complements or falls within the scope of the EA:RTH research group . Areas of research under the auspices of EA:RTH currently include: marginalised and indigenous groups; human rights; migration; social inequality and conflict resolution; rethinking culture/nature and human/animal relationships; food production and food security; as well as issues dealing directly with the effects of climate and/or environmental change.

About the research group

The research group EA:RTH is focusing on the ways in which both human communities and ecosystems around the world are increasingly affected by interconnected environmental and political changes, rapid industrialization, urbanization, and resource extraction. Human-led environmental shifts during the era of globalization have led to displacement, political conflict, and growing wealth inequalities. Marginalized ethnic groups and indigenous peoples around the world are impacted by these changes on an unprecedented scale. In recent years, it has become apparent that global inequalities are intimately linked to the environmental and climatic ravages that disrupt ecosystems and species all over the world. EA:RTH aims to develop a methodology of ‘ethnographic action,’ using fieldwork-based methods to describe the social reverberations of global inequality and environmental disruption, and reveal everyday practices that may be mobilized to navigate their entanglements.

Research group members in the current start-up phase include all academic members of staff at the social anthropology unit of the department, and the successful PhD candidate will be expected to be an active member of this group.


For further information about the position, please contact Head of the EA:RTH, Professor Peter I. Crawford:

- Phone: +47 77 64 48 07

- Email:

Head of Department Anne Britt Flemmen:

- Telefon: + 77 64 43 39

- E-post:

or Head of Office Rita Johansen:

- Telefon: + 77 64 43 03

- E-post:

We offer
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

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The position requires a Master’s degree or equivalent in social/cultural anthropology. If you are near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis. You must document completion of your degree before commencement in the position.

Documented knowledge of English as stated here is required, as well as working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language.

Emphasis will be put on the candidates' potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.

Applicants with proficiency, familiarity, or commitment to learning the local language(s) of their fieldwork location will be preferred.

The position requires admission to the Faculty's PhD programme. Information about requirements is available here:


The application must be submitted electronically via and shall include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Documentation on English proficiency.This website states how English profiency shall be documented
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 1-3 references
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description, template for project description can be found here : "Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning" -> "Opptak" -> "Krav til opptakssøknaden" -> "Mal for prosjektbeskrivelse" -> choose 'english'

The documentation has to be authorised and translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

We only accept applications submitted through Jobbnorge, applications received via email or other sources will not be considered.

All documentation must be uploaded within the given application deadline.

Edvard Kristiansen

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

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