Doctoral research fellowships within the strategic research areas of the Museum of Cultural History

Two doctoral research fellowships (SKO 1017) within the three strategic research areas of the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo:  Heritage, Innovation, and Troubled Landscapes

The Museum of Cultural History has the largest archaeological and ethnographic collections in Norway, with antiquities dating from prehistoric times to the Reformation, and ethnographic and numismatic antique and contemporary artefacts from all parts of the world. The collections of the museum include the Viking ships, medieval church art, the coin cabinet, an Egyptian collection and an antiquity collection. In addition, the Museum of Cultural History has an archive of runes and a conservation laboratory with workshops, including one that is set up for the development of digital methods of documentation and public outreach. The Museum of Cultural History is organized in 5 departments and has ca. 120 permanent positions.

Heritage, Innovation and Troubled Landscapes 
The Museum of Cultural History is undertaking high quality and innovative research in conjunction with public outreach and the management of culture and cultural heritage. The doctoral research fellowships are open within one of the three areas of the research strategy of the Museum of Cultural History:
1. Heritage. Meaningful Materialities: Forgotten, Treasured and Reinvented Objects and Places
2. Innovation. The Entrepeneur – Between Tradition and Structure
3. Troubled Landscapes. Landscapes – Rapid Changes. Habitation and Environments
The Museum of Cultural History has seven research groups that explore topics within the overall framework of these research areas. The doctoral research fellows will be associated with one or more of the research groups. They will have access to work space and have a supervisor at one of the departments at the Museum of Cultural History.
A Master’s degree or equivalent in one of the disciplines represented at the Museum of Cultural History, or a related discipline of relevance to the Museum.
The doctoral research fellowship forms part of an academic education and the aim is to complete a doctoral degree. The doctoral research fellows will follow the PhD-programmes of the Institute of Archaeology, Conservation and History, of the Institute of Social Anthropology or another relevant institute at the University of Oslo. The applicant must fulfill the requirements for admission to the relevant PhD-programme at the University of Oslo, and is responsible for applying for admission within the given deadlines.
We offer

  • salary level 50-57 (429.400-482.500 NOK depending on qualifications, promotion according to length of service)
  • operating grant
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • excellent retirement agreements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employment in an Inclusive Working Life corporation
  • attractive welfare benefits

The University of Oslo encourages international mobility.


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application EasyCruit, preferably in pdf format: 

  • letter of application
  • an outline of an independent PhD-project that responds to one or more of the three areas of the Museum of Cultural History research strategy (maximum 14 000 characters excluding spaces or ca. 5 pages). The project outline must include a presentation of the problem that will be explored, details of the selected empirical case, the theoretical approach and methodology, as well as a detailed progress plan and a timetable for the project.
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete overview of education, practice and other work experience within a relevant discipline)
  • list of publications and other academic works of relevance to the application
  • transcript of records of your Master’s degree. Non-Scandinavian applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system
  • copies of certificates and diplomas
  • a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation including contact details of the referees

Our electronic recruitment system will ask you to upload the attachments in the above mentioned order. Transcript of records should be uploaded as ‘Attachment’ under ‘Other’. Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such works or further information later.
Short-listed applicants will be invited for personal interviews.
In the evaluation of the applications, special attention will be given to the project outline, academic qualifications and personal capacities of the applicants, and their abilities to complete the project. Please refer to the regulations on The Terms of Employment in Doctoral Research Fellowships.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.
The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply. The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting ethnic minorities to Norway in academic positions.  Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

Information about the applicants can be made public in accordance with the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act § 25 Part 2 also in cases where the applicant has requested anonymity.

Accession: Autumn 2015. The duration of the scholarship is 3 years.

For more information, please contact:

Arve Monsen
The Museum of Cultural History Research Advisor
Tel. +47 22859681
Marina Prusac Lindhagen
Head of the Museum of Cultural History Research Council
Tel. +47 22859945

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