PhD Position in Political History and Scandinavian Studies

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Department of Language and Literature

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1 Fully-funded PhD Position in Political History and Scandinavian Studies at the Department of Language and Literature.

The Department of Language and Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology invites applications from qualified individuals for a 3-year PhD position within the project “Conservatism at the Crossroads: Conservative thought and the renewal of democratic politics in Britain and Scandinavia, 1930-1963”, beginning in August 2018.

The project examines the historical and contemporary significance of external thinking on British and Scandinavian Conservative parties in the period 1930-1963. The PhD candidate will contribute towards the main project by analysing the development of Conservative ideas and politics in Norway from comparative and transnational perspectives. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the PhD candidate will work closely with Associate Professor Gary Love at NTNU ( and Professor Torbjörn Nilsson (Södertörn University, Sweden).

The Department of Language and Literature is part of the Faculty of Humanities, situated at NTNU’s Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. Further information concerning the academic profile of the department, management and staff can be found at:

Main Tasks
The successful applicant will:

  • complete the PhD dissertation in English;
  • participate in and complete the PhD programme within the period of the appointment. The Faculty of Humanities hosts 4 PhD programmes (Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Humanities and the Arts, Language and Linguistics, and Historical and Cultural Studies). The disciplines that are included in these programmes can be found under the respective programmes:


The successful applicant must:

  • hold a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) in History or a related discipline, with a strong academic record. This includes a weighted average grade of B or higher in terms of NTNU’s grading scale for the last two years of their master’s;
  • have previous knowledge of Norwegian and/or Scandinavian political history;
  • read the Norwegian language at a high academic level;
  • possess strong written and oral skills in the English language.

How to Apply?
The application must be sent electronically through the website Jobbnorge, and be marked with the file number for the position (HF17-059).

The application must contain information about education, exams, and previous employment. The application must further include:

  • a one page cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the position;
  • a research proposal of 3-5 pages;
  • CV;
  • a list of all relevant publications;
  • certified copies of certificates and testimonials.

Applicants that are considered for the position will be asked for references and invited to an interview.

Please note: Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Terms of appointment
The positions are remunerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 436 900 annually (2017), of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme.

For further information
To receive a full description of the research project, please contact Associate Professor Gary Love (email: Questions about the application process can be directed to HR advisor Hege Tverå Nilsson (email:

The application deadline is 01.02.2018.

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