Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Literature, Cognition and Emotions University of Oslo, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European LanguagesFakultet: Faculty of Humanities Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Literature, Cognition and Emotions

Job description

1-2 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1352) in Literature, Cognition and Emotions, are available at the Department of Literature, European Languages and Area Studies, University of Oslo.


The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are funded by the Humanities Faculty initiative for strategic priorities (Faglige Prioriteringer III) and are associated with the group Literature, Cognition and Emotions. The candidate is expected to present a theoretical or empirical research project closely connected to the main project.
The starting date for the position will be 01 Jan 2019.


Literature, Cognition and Emotions is a prioritised area of research and teaching at the Humanities Faculty at UiO. We come from literary studies, psychology and linguistics, and we investigate the cognitive and emotional dimensions of literature, as well as the role of literary studies in an age of interdisciplinarity. Our research engages with (1) the role of emotions across languages and cultures and how they are expressed and reflected in literary texts; (2) cultural and cognitive memory with their narrative dynamics and (3) literature and the cognitive and emotional challenges the digital media revolution poses to readers and writers of literary texts. We ask what cognitive science, philosophy of mind, phenomenology and related fields of research can contribute to literary study, and, in turn, what literary texts and traditions of interpretation reveal about the human mind and its complexities.


The prospective postdoctoral fellows will pursue an independent research project within cognitive approaches to literature and/or empirical literary studies. We welcome innovative proposals that complement the range of topics and specialisations in our group (see FP III for further information).



More about the position

The position is available for a period of four years. The main emphasis of the postdoctoral position lies in research, while 25 % of the position is devoted to teaching and administrative duties. These duties include obtaining basic teaching qualifications.


The successful 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.


Qualification requirements

  • PhD with a specialization in Literary Studies (including literatures in non-European languages). Also applicants with degrees in other disciplines, such as Psychology and Media Studies will be considered, provided their thesis strongly engages with issues of literary studies
  • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the research interests represented in Literature, Cognition and Emotions
  • 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, research-related relevance and innovation
  • the scientific record, such as publications, and expertise of the candidate, for example in literary analysis or empirical methods
  • the applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame an contribute to Literature, Cognition and Emotions
  • good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.


We offer


  • salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • 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 3-5 pages). 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


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.


Formal regulations

See also Regulations concerning Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, 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.


Contact information
Associate Professor Karin Kukkonen


Adviser Hanne Katinka Solhaug


About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages is involved in extensive research, teaching and outreach in the fields of literature, area studies and linguistics within European

languages apart from the Nordic ones. The Department has an active research environment with a wide range of international collaboration. Many of our researchers play a part in giving the general public insight into the results of this research. The Department has about 130 members of staff: approximately 80 in academic posts, approximately 30 Ph.D. fellows and postdoctoral fellows, and 18 in administrative posts. The Department has approximately 300 master students and 1000 bachelor students.



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