Doctoral or Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Music and Philosophy University of Oslo, Department of Musicology Norway

Department of Musicology


Doctoral or Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Music and Philosophy


One doctoral or postdoctoral research fellowship (SKO1017/SKO1352) in Music and Philosophy is available at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo.


It is expected that the successful candidate will work on an independent project dealing with a topic in the interdisciplinary area of music and philosophy. There are no restrictions in relation to period or genre, but the research methodology should be anchored in both disciplines. Projects related to subjectivity studies, embodiment, gesture, music and language, music and ethics, and musical meaning and sense-making are particularly encouraged, but other topical areas will be considered too. Should the topic and methodology require such research facilities, the appointed candidate will get full access to the world-class Music and Motion lab with state-of-the-art motion capture systems and sound spatialisation equipment. The candidate will work under the guidance of Associate Professor Nanette Nielsen.


A person appointed in a doctoral research fellowship 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 in a doctoral research fellowship is for a duration of three years. All PhD candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment 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.


A person appointed in a postdoctoral research fellowship is hired for a period of four years. There is a 25 % component of the position which is devoted to teaching and administrative duties. These duties include obtaining basic teaching qualifications.


The successful postdoctoral candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of the department and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.



  • For a doctoral research fellowship:
    • A Master's degree or equivalent in Musicology and/or Philosophy, or topically related areas
    • The Master’s thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline, and the Master’s degree obtained by the time of appointment
  • For a postdoctoral research fellowship:Personal suitability and motivation for the position
    • A PhD degree with a specialization in Music and Philosophy, broadly conceived.
    • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the interdisciplinary area of Music and Philosophy, drawing on methodologies from both disciplines
    • The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline, and the PhD degree obtained by the time of appointment


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
  • For a doctoral research fellowship: The applicant's ability to complete research training.
  • For a postdoctoral research fellowship: The applicant’s ability to contribute to the broader music and philosophy research environment in the department
  • Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities and across disciplines


We offer

  • Doctoral research fellowship: NOK 432 700 - 489 300 per year (salary level 50 - 57, depending on  qualifications)
  • Postdoctoral research fellowship: NOK 486 100 -  567 100 per year, (salary level 57 – 65, depending on qualifications)
  • a professionally stimulating 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 with a complete list of education. Applicants for a postdoctoral research fellowship should also include positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications in the Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree/PhD degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Doctoral research fellowship: Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions) 
  • Postdoctoral research fellowship: Project description (approximately 3-5 pages, see Template for project descriptions). The project description must present a feasible progress plan. It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment


Please note that all documents must be in English.


Educational certificates, Master’s theses/PhD theses, Letters of Recommendation and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later on in the process.


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.


  • Region:

  • Oslo

  • Job type:

  • Contract

  • Working hours:

  • Full-time

  • Working days:

  • Day

  • Application deadline:

  • 18 April 2017

  • Location:

  • Oslo

  • Reference number:

  • 2017/2057

  • Company homepage:



  • Contacts:

  • Associate Professor Nanette Nielsen

  • HR Officer Karoline Farbrot

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