Doctorate PhD position related to the project Myths about languages ​​in the Middle University of Oslo, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies Norway

Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies


Doctorate PhD position related to the project Myths about languages in the Middle Ages


A PhD position (SKO 1017) in the Norse and Irish philology at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN), University of Oslo. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is linked to the project Myths about languages in the Middle Ages ( ). The project is a part of a larger research environment within Norse and Irish filologi ILN.


 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.


The applicant for the project should have a thorough knowledge of Norse and old-and medium Irish philology, as well as good insights in Latin philology. The research fellowship will culminate in a doctoral degree, and the applicant must design a project in light of the overall project Myths about language . The PhD project will focus on adjoining relevant issues, and not just on myths about language in the narrow sense.


It is expected that the candidate has a stay a semester at another university that has relevance for the thesis work.


The successful, will participate in the Faculty organized research. The scientific work will culminate in a doctoral dissertation to be defended at the Faculty in order to obtain a PhD degree The successful applicant is expected to go into a research milieu or network and contribute to the professional development environment. See more information about  doctoral and research career .


The appointment is for a period of 3 years. All doctoral candidates who delivers doctoral thesis for evaluation with a written recommendation by the supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the grant period starts, will be offered respectively 12 or 6 months of completion grant .


 eligibility Requirements

  • Master's degree or equivalent education in Norse and / or Irish studies, with documented participation in courses that confirms his / her knowledge of Norse and Irish philology and documented studies in Latin. Final grade will be obtained by the application date
  • personal suitability and motivation for the position


In assessing the applications will be emphasized:

  • project's scientific quality, including timeliness and innovation
  • applicants' academic and personal qualifications in order to implement the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to undertake research training
  • good working properties and ability to be included in the academic community across disciplines


Applicants who have recently graduated with very good results, may be preferred 


 We offer:

  • wages kr. 432 700 to 489 300 per year, depending on experience
  • development in a stimulating academic environment
  • Good welfare benefits


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

  • Letters describing their qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with list of education, employment, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, as well as published and unpublished works)
  • Transcript for Masters. Applicants with education from a foreign university are requested to enclose a guide to grading by their university
  • Project description of 3-5 pages (see  template for the project ) including schedule


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


Diplomas, diplomas, master's theses and the like shall not be attached to the application, but may be requested later.


It used an interview in the appointment process.


We refer to the guidelines for the application process and hiring research fellows.


According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25, paragraph 2, information about the applicant may be made public even if 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 May 2017

  • Accession:

  • 1. September 2017

  • Reference Number:

  • 2017/3221

  • 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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