Postdoctoral Research Fellowship In The Project Myths About Language In The Middle Ages University of Oslo, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies Norway

Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies


Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the project Myths about languages in the Middle Ages


A postdoctoral fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN), University of Oslo. The position is associated with the project Myths about languages in the Middle Ages ( ). The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and it is expected that the applicant's research project linked to the main project. The project is also part of a larger research environment within Norse and Irish filologi ILN. The environment has a number of projects and regular meetings with both candidates, temporary and permanent staff researchers.


Myths about languages in the Middle Ages is a project that examines the importance of myth for our perception of what language is and what one can do with language. Myths can help us understand how medieval scholars tried to create space for their own languages in higher cultural, literary and administrative functions, as an alternative to Latin or Greek. Myths about language can thus also be seen in the context of folk language the awakening.


The aim of the project is to investigate how medieval intellectuals explained the process that eventually led to most Europeans today can use their own language at all levels of public life. Myths about languages in the Middle Ages explores texts in medieval Europe, including Arabic and Hebrew, as well as Armenian. Postdoctoral project can focus on texts from one of these language areas or compare texts from more than one area. The research project must be linked to the main project objectives, but can focus on contiguous, relevant issues, not just on myths about language in the narrow sense.


The applicant is expected to produce a monograph or at least three major articles in relevant journals. It is also expected that he or she will help prepare conferences and panels, as well as some teaching.  


The appointment is for a period of three years. In the position included a 10% teaching and administration ratio. 
The successful applicant is expected to go into a research milieu or network and contribute to the professional development environment. Positions The main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.


eligibility Requirements


  • PhD in a European language / a European philology (among which for this project included Arabic, Hebrew and Armenian) and have their academic emphasis on the Middle Ages (ca. 400-1400). Applicants can also have his doctorate in literature or any other text-based subjects, as long as he / she is used to working with the original text.
  • applicant's project must be closely linked to the main project
  • personal suitability and motivation for the position


Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation within a deadline for the position.


In the assessment of qualified applicants will be placed on:

  • quality of the project
  • the applicant's academic and personal qualifications in order to implement the project and contribute to the main project
  • applicant's ability to combine a solid philological groundwork synthetic analysis
  • good working capabilities and ability to be included in the academic community across disciplines


We offer

  • wages kr. 486 100 to 567 100 per year, depending on experience
  • a professionally stimulating work environment
  • Good welfare benefits


The following documents shall be attached to the online application, preferably in pdf format:

  • application letter
  • CV with characters listed
  • list of publications
  • project of three to five pages, including the schedule. It is assumed that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment.


Diplomas, certificates and copies of the doctoral thesis and any other scientific works will possibly be requested later.


Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language, either as original or in translation.


There will be an interview in the appointment process.


We also refer to Rules for appointing postdoctoral positions .


According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25 subsection 2 of information concerning the applicant be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be registered on the list of applicants.


University has a takeover agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.


The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender and to recruit persons of immigrant background.

  • county:

  • Oslo

  • Job type:

  • The fixed

  • Full-time part-time:

  • Full-time

  • Working time:

  • Day

  • Deadline:

  • 1 August 2017

  • Reference Number:

  • 2017/3220

  • homepage:



  • Contacts:

  • Head of Administration Jan Halvor Undlien 

    tel: +47 22 85 67 47 

    Mob: +47 994 25 905

  • HR Officer Hilde Kristine Sletner (EasyCruit)

  • Project leader Mikael Males

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