Doctoral Research Fellowship in Formal Semantics, Theoretical Syntax or the Syntax-semantics Interface University in Oslo, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages Norway

Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages


Doctoral Research Fellowship in Formal Semantics, Theoretical Syntax or the Syntax-semantics Interface


One Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) is available in the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo (UiO). ILOS seeks to recruit a PhD candidate with excellent research qualifications who will work in the range of the research profile of the umbrella project SynSem, see . The Doctoral Research Fellowship is open to themes anchored in formal semantics, theoretical syntax or the syntax-semantics interface. Only projects that involve modern European languages - Germanic, Romance and Slavic languages) being taught at ILOS will come into consideration. The project may be anchored within one language, but theoretical contrastive studies of several languages may also come into consideration.


The successful candidate must participate in the research training program organized by the Faculty of Humanities (cf. regulations and supplementary provisions for the faculty’s researcher education) and must engage in the designated research activities on a full-time basis. The purpose of the PhD Research Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation (monograph or article-based) to be defended at a public defense for the doctoral degree.  The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work must 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 deegre.



  • A master’s degree or equivalent in Linguistics, in a European language (Germanic, Romance or Slavic) or in a discipline related to the research profile of the umbrella project SynSem. The master degree or equivalent has to be achieved by the time of application.
  • Good English language skills, both spoken and written, are required.


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 NOK 432 700 – 489 300, depending on  qualifications
  • a professionally stimulatinging working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits


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 the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.


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


See also Guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.


Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.


The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.


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

  • Job type:

  • Contract

  • Working hours:

  • Full-time

  • Working days:

  • Day

  • Application deadline:

  • 18 April 2017

  • Reference number:

  • 2016/14328

  • Company homepage:



  • Contacts:

  • Administrative Head of Department Karina Kleiva 

    Telephone: +47 22856827

  • Førsteamanuensis Atle Grønn 

    Telephone: +47 22856793

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