Postdoctoral Fellowships in Social Anthropology University of Oslo, Department of Social AnthropologyFaculty: Faculty of Social Sciences Norway

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Social Anthropology


Job description


Applications are invited for two 3 years positions as Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) of Social Anthropology to be based at the Department of Social Anthropology.

The positions will be part of the research project “(Dis-)Assembling the Life Cycle of Container Ships. Global Ethnographic explorations into Maritime Working Lives”, lead by associate professor Elisabeth Schober, and funded by The Research Council of Norway.


 

The Project


Shipbuilding, shipping, and ship-breaking are three rather unfamiliar maritime industries that make up the most crucial nodes enabling the life cycle of a container ship. The objective of the project is to shed new light on the globe-spanning networks around these vessels, and on the workers that are involved in making, maintaining, and breaking the ships. By uniting three ethnographic sub-projects - one focusing on shipbuilding, one on shipping, and one on ship-breaking – the focus is also on the connections and disjunctures between the different components that make, maintain, and break container ships. The combination of ethnography with a large-scale "interpretive" comparison-making perspective will allow for the exploration of some of the key social, political and economic relations that feed into global capitalism today. More information about the project can be obtained at the website or from associate professor Elisabeth Schober.


 

More about the position


The Department wishes to recruit candidates with excellent research qualifications within Social Anthropology. The applicant’s proposed research should relate to one of the proposed positions (see below). The successful candidate is expected to strengthen this research area within the Department, and to contribute to and participate in other research activities at the Department as well.

 

The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of three years, up to 10 % of which can be devoted to administrative and teaching duties (depending upon the ongoing requirements of the project and agreed career development trajectory of the successful candidates). The 3-year period of appointment can be extended by 3-12 months through a Personal Overseas Research Grant after the postdoctoral fellows have been appointed, and concrete plans for the research stay abroad have been drawn up – for details, see website.

 

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


 

Postdoctoral Fellow 1


One postdoctoral fellow to be recruited will primarily conduct fieldwork on shipping- and seafaring-related issues. The ideal candidate for the job will have a solid understanding of maritime anthropology and the anthropology of work, and will come with previous research experience working in this field. Additional language qualifications (e.g. knowledge of Tagalog) are a benefit, enthusiasm for group-work a must. The fellow will be expected to conduct 6-8 months of ethnographic fieldwork, and be in residence in Oslo during the remaining time-period.


 

Postdoctoral Fellow 2


The second postdoctoral fellow will conduct fieldwork on the shipbreaking industry in South Asia (Bangladesh, Pakistan, or India). The ideal candidate for the job will have a solid understanding of maritime anthropology and the anthropology of work, and will come with previous research experience working in this field. Additional language qualifications (e.g. knowledge of Bengali) are a benefit, enthusiasm for group-work a must. The fellow will be expected to conduct 6-8 months of ethnographic fieldwork, and be in residence in Oslo during the remaining time-period.


 

Qualification requirements

 

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Social Anthropology. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and preferably a good knowledge of a local language where fieldwork will be conducted.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the project description, as well as the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. A good match between the candidate's proposal and the project’s planned activities and areas of focus is a main selection criterion, along with the quality of the proposal and the qualifications of the candidate.


 

We offer

 

  • salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
 

How to apply

The application must include:

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • project description, including progress plan (max. 4 pages, excluding references)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • 3 numbers of academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The project description must include issues to be examined, the chosen theoretical and methodological approach and a detailed progress plan.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.


 

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


Associate Professor Elisabeth Schober

 

Head of Administration Nina Rundgren (practical queries)


 

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 Social Anthropology is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Since its establishment in 1964, the Department has been a leading anthropological research and

 

teaching environemnt internationally. It is one of the largest university departments for social anthropology in Europe and the largest in the Nordic countries, offering a broad and creative work environment. Approximately 400 students are currently enrolled in the Bachelor and Master programmes at the Department. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a PhD program, with 330 students currently enrolled. Of these, about thirty are currently following the study track in Social Anthropology.


 

Deadline
31.05.2018


Employer
University of Oslo


Municipality
Oslo

 

Scope
Fulltime

 

Duration
Fixed Term

 

Jobbnorge ID
150148



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