PhD Research Fellowship in Human Geography

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 31 Oct 2019

There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography  for a PhD research fellow (SKO 1017) in Human Geography. The position is for a period of three years.

The position is linked to the research project “WAGE: Work, Labour and Greening the Economy ”, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project will investigate how workers in the oil and gas sector understand their role in transforming the carbon-emitting societies in which they work.

The PhD fellow will be part of a consortium of researchers at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, York University (Toronto) and the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo (project host). The PhD research contribution will be related to one of three Work Packages in the project, WP2, which has as its main objective to study how climate literacy can lead to climate solidarity between oil workers, trade unions, community-based organisations, activists and educators. The PhD project is expected to generate fieldwork data in Norway and Canada. For more information on the project, including project description, please contact the project leader (see Contact persons).


Applicants must have a master's degree/second-level degree (120 ECTS) in Human Geography or equivalent. Candidates from other disciplinary backgrounds must demonstrate in their application letter that their educational background, master’s thesis and project proposal fall within the scope of Human Geography. Candidates must have documented skills in qualitative data collection and analysis. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS. Applicants must have a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The master's thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a master’s degree. The successful applicant must be able to carry out interviews and focus groups in English. Oral fluency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is preferable due to fieldwork requirements, but not an absolute prerequisite. 

Applicants should have research interests within one or more of the main areas of research  within Human Geography at the Department: Urban studies and planning, Climate adaptation and transformation, Development and politics or Economic and labour geography. The applicant must provide a tentative description (5-10 pages) of a PhD research project that she or he plans to carry out during the fellowship period.

The position requires that the person who is hired participates in the Faculty of Social Sciences' organised research education programme (PhD programme) and that the work results in a doctorate in Human Geography. The person who is hired will automatically be admitted to the PhD programme. For general information on the PhD program, please see the Faculty of Social Sciences` web site . Residence in Norway is expected, but PhD fellows are also encouraged to spend time abroad during the fellowship period.

The hiring process will include an interview. In addition to an overall evaluation of the applicant’s grades, particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project proposal and the master's thesis.

We offer

  • salary NOK 449 400 - 515 200 per annum depending on qualifications
  • an academically stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits  and a generous pension agreement , in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • A letter of application
  • A project proposal (approximately 5 pages) which must include the topic, relevant theory and methods and time-line. Applicants are expected to be able to complete the project during the appointment period.
  • CV with full summary of education, practice and academic employment. The period of enrolment (admission-completion) in the master's study programme must be specified.
  • Academic transcripts (university degrees only)
  • Copy of Master's degree diploma
  • Master's thesis.
  • Complete list of publications and any academic work
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations  for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement  for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

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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 Sociology and Human Geography is Norway's leading department for both Sociology and Human Geography. The Department offers four Bachelor's and three Master's programmes. Research, teaching and dissemination activities within both fields are of the highest level. The Department is renowned both for the breadth of topics and methodologies employed and for its highly qualified researchers. Gender balance among the academic staff is an important distinguishing feature. The Department has 35 permanent academic staff, nearly 40 doctoral and post doctoral research fellows and 12 administrative staff members. There are approximately 80 PhD. candidates and 1500 students enrolled in the Department.

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