Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology or equivalent University of Oslo, Department of Sociology and Human Geography Norway

Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology or equivalent

Job description

There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for a Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) in Sociology or equivalent. The position is for a period of three years.

The position is associated with a research project called "Paradoxes of wealth and class: historical conditions and contemporary configurations " funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project raises questions such as: Why is wealth inequality so pronounced in a society that in many respects is comparatively egalitarian? How should one explain such paradoxical features, and what do they mean for the understanding of Scandinavian egalitarianism? Are these paradoxes relatively new, or do today's rich families maintain family dynasties that have persisted over generations? Are dynastic tendencies also found in families with top-level positions in other sectors, such as in the cultural sector, the professions, among civil servants, and in the academic world? To what extent does marriage between people from similar social milieus contribute to accumulation of resources over time?

The project involves working with a combination of historical and more recent datasets: older censuses and other historical sources, newer administrative population data, as well as a number of data sources on prominent people in various sectors.

The successful candidate will contribute to at least two of the project’s work packages: WP 1 Social mobility and class structure, WP II Accumulation of wealth and wealth transfers and/or Work Package IV Social closure through marriage in a historical perspective.

The Postdoctoral fellow will be part of a research group on stratification and inequality lead by Professor Marianne Nordli Hansen at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography.


Qualification requirements and personal skills


  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Sociology or related field. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing application date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Applicants must have the capacity for independent academic research at a high level, preferably documented through publications in international journals.
  • Applicants must have thorough knowledge about the theoretical literature on social stratification and mobility.
  • Applicants must have experience with working with large datasets, such as censuses or administrative registers.
  • Applicants must have advanced knowledge of relevant research methods, such as panel data methods, social network analysis, and sequence analysis.
  • Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English and Norwegian (or other Scandinavian language)

Residence in Norway is expected, but Postdoctoral fellows are also encouraged to spend time abroad during the fellowship period.


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

  • Application letter. Please describe your motivation for applying for this position and explain how your background, research and experience is relevant to the research project. 
  • CV summarizing education, positions, research experience, and other qualifying activity 
  • A complete list of publications 
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only) 
  • Up to five academic works that the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment process (a doctoral dissertation or a monograph will count as three publications). 


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. 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).


In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal capacity of the candidate to contribute to the project within the given timeframe, to interact within national and international networks, and to be part of a dynamic research group. 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 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

Professor Marianne Nordli Hansen


Head of research, Professor Mette Andersson


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 Sociology and Human Geography is Norway's leading department for both Sociology and Human Geography. The Department offers four Bachelor's and three Master's programmes. Research,


teaching and dissemination activities within both fields are of the highest level. The Department is renowned both for the breadth of topics and methodologies employed and for its highly qualified researchers. Gender balance among the academic staff is an important distinguishing feature. The Department has 35 permanent academic staff, nearly 40 doctoral and post doctoral research fellows and 12 administrative staff members. There are approximately 80 PhD. candidates and 1500 students enrolled in the Department.



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