Posted on: 17 December, 2018
Application deadline: February 1, 2019

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Oslo, Norway

Job description

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. The fellowship is funded by the Research Council Norway and is associated with the project “The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East” (project no 283375) led by Ass. Prof. Einar Wigen.

“The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East” (EPIDEMICS) sets out to analyse and understand the different temporalities of epidemics – how social, scientific and political preconditions for preventing and handling epidemics change, and how these temporalities are challenged by the temporalities of pathogens and disease. The regional emphasis in the project is on Europe and the Middle East.

The position announced is for a post-doctoral fellow working on epidemics in the Middle East, preferably with a historical emphasis and with a special focus on the temporalities involved. This includes, but is not limited to, the interfaces between scientific knowledge and politics, networks translating or transmitting knowledge and representations of epidemics, and institutional and cultural responses to epidemics. The successful applicant will have a language-based regional expertise on one or more Middle Eastern contexts. Moreover, training in medical humanities, history, cultural history, STS (Science and Technology Studies), history of science, historical International Relations, or related methods of inquiry will be considered an advantage.

The EPIDEMICS project is part of the LIFETIMES research group. Applicants are expected to familiarise themselves with LIFETIMES and frame their project proposals within this overall framework, to be found at

Read more about EPIDEMICS at

The position is available for a period of 2.5 years.

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 in a field relevant to the project
  • Specialisation in language-based Middle Eastern studies
  • The candidate’s research project must be closely connected to EPIDEMICS
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

Experience in working on topics of health and medicine in the Middle East is considered beneficial.

The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

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

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

The committee will also consider the overall composition of the project group when evaluating applicants.

We offer

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 (3 – 5 pages). 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
  • One academic publication (if such exists).
  • Copies of educational certificates.

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, please follow the link on the original listing. 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.

No one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

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

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

Contact information

Project Leader Einar Wigen

HR-Officer Steffen Remvik


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 Culture Studies and Oriental Languages(abbreviated IKOS from its Norwegian name) is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Humanities. The Department has a broad competency in the study of religion and culture and in language based area studies of South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. The Department has several study programmes at both BA and MA levels. Among the Department’s 110 employees about 40 are PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows.