Twelve PhD Research Fellows
University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education

Twelve PhD Research Fellows


About the position


Twelve temporary, full-time positions are available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education, as a PhD Research Fellow in the following departments: Department of Education; Department of Foreign Languages and Translation; Department of Nordic and Media Studies and Department of Religion, Philosophy and History. Positions are valid for a period of three years, or four years with 25 % required duties. The positions are located, at present, at Campus Kristiansand.


The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty, however preferably medio August 2019.


The positions are connected to the following subject areas: Specialization in education; linguistics; literary studies; and religion, ethics, history and society. The faculty wishes to integrate PhD fellows into the faculty’s research groups. Prospective candidates are invited to contact the head of the relevant specialisation with a view to clarifying the relevance of the project to the faculty as well as supervision capacity and competence. Prospective candidates whose research interests lie within the educational field (pre-school, primary and secondary school, or teacher training) are also invited to apply.


A prerequisite for employment is that the candidates are admitted to UiA’s PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Education. More information is to be found here: The University of  Agder is linked with a number of  National research schools.


Required qualifications


Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.


This year’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply. In this case, the offer of employment will be conditional upon the completion of the master’s degree with minimum grade B.


Desired qualifications


The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian. The successful candidate must be proficient in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, both written and oral. Good knowledge of English, both written and oral, is also required.


Applicants must write a project proposal to be submitted with the application. The project proposal should be no longer than five pages excluding the list of references and include a presentation of the choice of research topic, theoretical perspectives, research questions and methodology. It should also include a time-line for the completion of the degree within the time limits.


Emphasis will be placed on the quality and relevance of the project proposal, academic results, the relevance of the applicant’s academic background, academic output, and R&D results. Relevant work experience, personal suitability and cooperation skills will also be considered.


Personal qualities


Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work independently and in an organised manner. Personality and suitability for the position will be emphasised.


We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation

  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment

  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 

  • membership of the  Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund


More about working at UiA.


The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 449 400 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


General information


A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We, therefore, encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).


The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.


Read more about the employment process here.


In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right. 


If the position is announced in English (or another language):


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.



The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:


  • Certificates with grades

  • Master’s thesis

  • References

  • Academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these

  • Project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including the reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives, material, a progress plan, and methods within the given framework

  • Any other relevant documentation


The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. We draw your attention to the fact that we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process if attachments are missing. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.


Application deadline: 25th April 2019.



For questions about the position:

-       Decan Sunniva Whittaker, e-mail,

-       Specialization leader for Education: Professor Turid Skarre Aasebø, phone: +47 38 14 12 28, e-mail:,

-       Specialization leader for Literary Studies: Professor Oddvar Holmesland, phone: 38 14 20 48, e-mail:

-       Specialization leader for Religion, Philosophy and History: Professor Pål Ketil Botvar, phone 38 14 17 15, e-mail;

-       Specialization leader for Linguistics: Professor Gro-Renée Rambø, phone 38 14 21 32, e-mail


For questions about the application process:

-       Senior Adviser Sevleta Memic phone 38 14 20 94, mobil 951 83 570 mail


University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.


We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.






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