Doctoral Research Fellow in Multilingualism University of Oslo, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies

Doctoral Research Fellow in Multilingualism


Job description

One Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) is available at the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo (UiO), starting in August 2018.


MultiLing aims to generate scientific knowledge on multilingualism across the lifespan, related to three themes: Individual multilingual competence, multilingual language practices, and management of multilingualism in society (for more information, see MultiLing plans to further strengthen its research portfolio by enhancing the focus on the dimensions of education, technology, and Norway’s societal diversity; each of these dimensions intersect all three themes.


MultiLing seeks to recruit a doctoral candidate with excellent research qualifications who will work with members of the team on one of three research projects, funded by the University of Oslo’s investment in developing world-leading research communities:

  • Studies of multilingual aphasia (for more information, see
  • Multilingualism and mediated communication (for more information, see
  • Multilingualism and globalization: Perspectives from Norway (for more information, see


Applicants are expected to present an independent research project proposal relevant for one of the research projects listed above. The applicant must explain how the project is relevant for the chosen MultiLing project. Projects are expected to incorporate one or more of the dimensions of education (broadly defined, including learning), technology, and Norway’s societal diversity.


The successful candidate is expected to strengthen the relevant research areas addressed above, to contribute to and participate in the various workshops, conferences and activities organized by MultiLing, and to be an active member of the MultiLing team in Oslo.


The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.


The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment along with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.


Qualifications requirements


  • A Master's Degree or equivalent in linguistics, Scandinavian languages, rhetorics and communication, psychology or other disciplines relevant for the individual project. The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:


  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.


We offer

  • salary level 436 900-490 900 depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits


How to apply

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

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system.
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions) 


Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.


Educational certificates, Master theses and similar documents are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.


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.


Contact information

For questions about the position:

Professor and Center Director Elizabeth Lanza


For questions on how to apply:

HR-Officer Steffen Remvik


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