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Tenure-track Postdoctoral Fellow/Assistant Professor in Social Anthropology

University of Oslo - Department of Social Anthropology

Job description

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position as Postdoctoral Fellow (SKO 1352) of Social Anthropology to be based at the Department of Social Anthropology. Preferred starting date August 2021.

The applicant’s proposed research should complement the ongoing research in the Department. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen the research area she/he relates to, and to contribute to and participate in research activities at the Department. More information about research strategies and areas can be found on the Department's website.

More about the position

The Department wishes to recruit a candidate with excellent research qualifications within Social Anthropology. The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of six years, 25 % of which will be devoted to teaching duties and some administration.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify for a position as associate professor within the discipline. The position may include fieldwork, but the main emphasis should be placed on publishing and development of pedagogical qualifications.

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.
  • Potential for outstanding research qualifications within Social Anthropology
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • Ability to contribute to a high standard of collegiality in the Department
  • Passion for teaching and the ability to inspire students
  • Good communication skills, also to a wider public audience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • For successful candidates who do not speak a Scandinavian language, the UiO Norwegian course level 1-3 need to be passed as part of the midterm evaluation. 

Applicants should have obtained their doctoral degree within the last 5 years of the date of appointment. Additional time may be allowed for leave relating to childbirth or adoption.

We are looking for a colleague who will complement the departments research and teaching. The assessment of applicants is based on the project description, scientific merits and potential, teaching, research leadership, administrative experience and personal qualities. A good match between the candidate’s proposal and the Department’s research activities and teaching portfolio is a main selection criterion, along with the quality of the proposal and the qualifications of the candidate. Special emphasis will be put on the potential for future research, and previous experience with ethnographic fieldwork. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200-605 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Funds for research, travel, conference participation and dissemination, books and equipment
  • Pedagocial- and language courses as part of the work obligations
  • Favourable pension benefits
  • Attractive employee benefits and family friendly working hours, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • The opportunity for a tenured position after six years
  • Support from the International Staff Mobility Office (ISMO)
  • Mentoring programme for female postdoctoral fellows

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • Research plan (max. 5 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 pieces 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)

Selected candidates will be asked to submit

  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and teaching vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and a collegial attitude and practice)

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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. 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, and Regulations on appointments to tenure-track positions, with supplementary provisions for UiO. A formal midway assessment will be held, which will be completed before the candidate has been employed for four years.

Anyone employed for a fixed-term period of more than one year in an ordinary postdoctoral position or who has held such a postdoctoral appointment at a foreign institution, cannot be employed in a fixed-term postdoctoral tenure-track position.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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

Head of Department Rune Flikke (rune.flikke@sai.uio.no)

Professor Ingjerd Hoëm (ingjerd.hoem@sai.uio.no)

Head of Administration Nina Rundgren (nina.rundgren@sai.uio.no)

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 The Department of Social Anthropology was founded in 1964 and is today a highly ranked anthropology department. Our researchers study society and culture through extensive, ethnographic fieldwork. The Department of Social Anthropology educates students at bachelor's-, master's and ph. d.-level.

Location: Oslo - Norway
Salary: NOK523,200 to NOK605,500
£44,639.95 to £51,661.87 converted salary* per annum depending on qualifications
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th September 2020
Closes: 19th October 2020
Job Ref: 192399
   
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