Job: Phd Research Fellow in Humanistic Migration Studies (UiB, Norway)

University of Bergen (UiB, Norway)

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

There is a vacancy for 1 PhD position (research fellowship in Humanistic Migration Studies) at the Department of Foreign Languages, by plan starting 1 January 2018. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years

The Department of Foreign Languages spans nine different languages, and teaching and research are conducted in the disciplines language/linguistics, literature, cultural studies and didactics ( The Department has around 50 permanent academic staff members, along with one post-doc, around twenty PhD candidates and eleven administrative members of staff. 

The position is within Humanistic Migration Studies with special emphasis on language, literature and/or culture.

The applicants may define their own projects, but the project must be embedded in one of the disciplines at the Department. Possible topics include, but are not limited to

  • Exile and migration literature.
  • Migrant narratives and the rhetoric of migration.
  • Multicultural societies and cultural innovation.
  • Identity, self-understanding and social integration.
  • Transnational, transcultural and/or trans-modern perspectives on migration and globalization.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicants must hold a Norwegian master's degree or the equivalent in a discipline that is relevant for the PhD project. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who do not have a Norwegian master’s degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The Department can send documentation of foreign education to NOKUT to evaluate if this degree is equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree.
  • The applicants must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.

We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale, currently approx. NOK 432.700 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.

How to apply: Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site: “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form. The application must include

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV.
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • A short summary of the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis (up to 3 pages).
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • A summary of the proposed project (up to 5 pages, excluding the bibliography).
  • A progress plan for the PhD project.
  • Bibliography for the proposed project.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name.
  • A conformation letter from your main supervisor at the Department of Foreign Languages.

Application deadline: 1 September 2017

Reference no: 17/7969

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