Post Doctoral Research Fellow in "Rebel Governance in the Middle East" University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities Norway

Post Doctoral Researc Fellow "Rebel Governance in the Middle East"


Job description

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. The fellowship is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and part of the project Rebel Governance in the Middle East: The role of kinship groups in the sociopolitical organization of insurgent proto-states (The RebelGov-project). The guiding research questions in REBELGOV are: How do rebel governments and the local indigenous population – including indigenous kinship groups – shape and influence each other? What influences their relationship and power-balance and what consequences do different bargains have for civilians in rebel-held areas? Case studies already included in the project are: the Kurdish Rojava autonomous region in northern Syria, the Gaza Strip under Hamas rule, the Syrian and Iraqi areas under Da’ish control, and Afghanistan under Taliban rule (1996 – 2001). The candidate is expected to present a research project closely connected to the project, including a case from the Middle East and North Africa not already covered by the other case studies.


The position is available for a period of two and a half years starting from August 2018.


The successful candidate will be 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.


Qualification requirements


  • PhD with a specialization in Middle East studies, or in the following disciplines with a Middle East specialization: political science, anthropology, history, or sociology.
  • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the RebelGov project.
  • High proficiency, both oral and written, in one of the major languages of the Middle East.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline.


In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:


  • the project’s scientific merit, innovation and relevance for the RebelGov project
  • the applicant’s academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and contribute to the RebelGov project.
  • co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.
  • in-depth knowledge of insurgencies and non-state armed organizations in the Middle East, and the role of rebel groups in organizing refugee communities in the region.
  • extensive experience in conducting research-related fieldwork in the Middle East.

We offer


  • Salary level 490 900- 569 000 NOK per year, depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

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

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed
  • List of publications
  • Project description (approximately 5 pages). The project description must include a feasible progress plan. It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment. The project description should:
  1. outline the case-study and the main questions including your ability to accomplish the project
  2. place the case and main questions within relevant international research and explain how the project adds to ongoing debate (its innovative character)
  3. describe the relevance of the case-study in the context of RebelGov


Diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic works will be requested later.

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

The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.


See also Guidelines concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships


Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.


No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

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 University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.


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


Contact information

For questions about the position:

Project leader Dag Henrik Tuastad

Head of Research Arild Engelsen Ruud

For questions about how to apply:

HR-Officer Steffen Remvik

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