Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Digital Heritage and Cultural History University of Oslo, Department of Cultural studies and Oriental languages (IKOS) Norway

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Digital Heritage and Cultural History

Job description

A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Cultural studies and Oriental languages (IKOS), University of Oslo. The position is associated with The Heritage Experience Initiative (HEI) and the working group E-Heritage


The Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is funded by Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo and is associated with The Heritage Experience Initiative (HEI). HEI is designated as a project of strategic priority by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo. The HEI-project runs from 2019-2023.


The candidate is expected to present a research project with clear relevance for the Heritage Experience Initiative (HEI), connected to the working group E-Heritage under the title Digital heritage and cultural history. We invite investigations on how digitization affects the production and circulation of heritage. Of specific interest are analyses of the use of virtual reality and social media in the heritage sector, in particular analyses that can be applied to the Norwegian heritage sector. This includes the consequences of such use and the new ways of interacting with the public. We encourage applicants who employ cultural historical perspectives to understand the impact of technological changes to apply.


The position is available for a period of 3 years. There is a 10 % component of the position which 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 or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in cultural history, museology and heritage studies - or similar - relevant for the project.

  • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the main project

  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge of Scandinavian language will be considered as an advantage as the successful candidate is expected to include Norwegian heritage sector in her/his research.

  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position


The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.


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

  • The project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation

  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame an contribute to the main project

  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines


We offer

  • Salary NOK 515 200 – 597 400 per annum depending on qualifications

  • A professionally stimulating working environment

  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • Attractive welfare benefits


How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position

  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)

  • List of publications

  • Project description (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.

  • For candidates who have submitted the thesis but not yet obtained the PhD-degree: please attach a letter from your university confirming that the thesis has been submitted.


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


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system. The short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.


Formal regulations

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

No one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow 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:

Associate Professor Marzia Varutti

Associate Professor Line Esborg

For questions on how to apply:

HR-Officer Steffen Remvik


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 Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (abbreviated IKOS from its Norwegian name) is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Humanities. The Department has a broad competency in the study of religion and culture and in language based area studies of South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. The Department has several study programmes at both BA and MA levels. Among the Department's 110 employees about 40 are PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows.





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