University of Bergen Department of Social Anthropology





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PhD position


There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Social Anthropology. The total scholarship period is 4 years, 25% of which shall be dedicated to teaching, supervision and administrative tasks at the Department.


The Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen is one of Europe’s largest in the discipline of anthropology. It currently has 17 professors and associate professors, 2 post-doctoral fellows and 22 PhD candidates. Long-term research and fieldwork is carried out in most parts of the world, and several major research projects are based at the department. Further details can be found on the Department’s web pages, The department offers degree studies at the levels of Bachelor, Master and PhD.

About the project/work tasks:


One PhD fellowship is being offered without any specific geographical or thematic terms and conditions. Applicants are therefore encouraged to develop an original project proposal that addresses current agendas in anthropology. The project proposal should be based on the applicant’s own research interests, and may well be a continuation of previous degree studies.

Qualifications and personal qualities:


    The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in social anthropology. The degree has to be completed by the application deadline.

    The requirements are generally grade B or better on Master’s thesis and for the Master’s degree in total.

    As an applicant you should be able to work independently, have a considerable work capacity as well as an enthusiasm for research.


The teaching language will usually be Norwegian.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

About the position:


About the PhD position:

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period for the successful candidate may be reduced if he or she previously has been employed in a PhD position.


About the research training:

As a PhD research fellow you will take part in the doctoral educational programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UiB. The programme corresponds to a period of three years and leads to the submission of the PhD dissertation. To be eligible for admission you must have completed a Master’s degree. The educational background must normally be equivalent to a five-year Master education, including a two-year Master’s degree and a Master’s thesis (at least 30 ECTS). It is expected that the topic of the Master’s degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.

We can offer:


    Salary at pay grade 51 upon appointment (Code 1017) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 449.400  per year). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position

    A good and professionally challenging working environment

    Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

    Good welfare benefits


Your application must include:


    A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position

    The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis

    Project proposal


    Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees.

    Relevant certificates/references

    A list of academic publications

    Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master’s thesis or equivalent)

    If you have a master's degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries, or a 2-year discipline- based master's degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed


The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.


The application has to be marked: 19/5070


Closing date: Sunday June 23, 2019


Applications submitted without a project description or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment.

General information:


Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Professor Olaf H. Smedal, e-mail, phone +47 55 58 92 80.


Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Adviser Anita Helen Spurkeland, phone +47 55 58 90 58, e-mail:


Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the doctoral education program at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Further information about the program is available on the webpage Questions about the program may be directed to Adviser Hanne Gravermoen, e-mail:, phone: +47 55 58 90 68.


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.


Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.


For further information about the recruitment process, click here.


Life as a PhD candidate at UiB


Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.

About The University of Bergen


The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.


There are seven departments and three centres at Faculty of Social Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments.

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