The University of Oslo is Norwayâs largest education and research institution with 28 000 students and 7 000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.
The Department of Political Science currently has 33 permanent academic staff members, 12 research fellows studying for PhDs, three assistant professors (postdoctoral fellows) and nine administrative employees. The department conducts research, teaching and dissemination in political science. About 1 200 students are currently enrolled in Bachelorâs, Masterâs and PhD study programmes in political science. The department is also responsible for interdisciplinary Bachelorâs degree programmes in International Studies, European Studies, and Public Administration and Leadership, as well as a Masterâs degree programme in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science
PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science
About the position
The PhD project will be linked to the Centre of Excellence PluriCourts. The primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyse and assess the legitimate current and future roles of the international courts and tribunals in the international and domestic order. For more information about PluriCourts, see: http://www.pluricourts.net/
PluriCourts is a Centre of Excellence based at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The research fellow is expected to contribute to the Centreâs research and academic activities and to share her/his time between the Department of Political Science and PluriCourts. The research fellowship will be part of the Faculty of Social Sciencesâ PhD programme, and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in political science.
The appointment is either for a period of three years (with no teaching requirement), or for a period of four years with a 25 per cent teaching requirement. In the Department of Political Science teaching is organized into five sections: public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international politics, and research methods.
To be appointed to the position, the successful candidate must have a Masterâs degree (preferably 120 ECTS credits) or an equivalent qualification in Political Science. In evaluating the applications, academic qualifications together with the project description will be given more weight than other disciplinary and general qualifications. Personal suitability will also be an important factor. Short-listed applicants will be called for interview.
Applicants must submit a project description of up to five pages outlining the research topic, the specific problems to be studied, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a realistic schedule for the study. It is a prerequisite that the candidate is able to complete the project within the set fellowship period.
- Salary according to “SKO 1017 stipendiat”, pay grade 50-54, NOK 421 100 â 449 900
- A pleasant and challenging work environment
- An attractive pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- A position at an inclusive workplace enterprise
- Excellent staff welfare schemes
The electronic application must include:
- Application letter
- A project description which shows how the project will contribute to PluriCourtsâ research plan. The proposal should include research question(s), choice of theoretical framework, research design, sources and methods.
- Copy of Masterâs dissertation
- Copies of transcripts
- List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
(Questions regarding the electronic application form should be addressed to HR consultant Berit Trondsen, tel. 22855218)
About the evaluation process
A sorting committee will review the applications before the top candidates are further assessed by an evaluation committee. The evaluation committeeâs report is expected to be ready by 30 November. The report will be sent to all applicants. The short-listed candidates will then be called for interview. The interviews are expected to take place in December. The departmental board will then make its final decision in January.
The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.
Pursuant to section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.
As a state institution, we aim for a balanced age and gender composition of our staff and to recruit persons from ethnic minorities.
It is only permissible to hold one fixed-term position at the same institution.
1 September 2013
Ass. Head of Department Jostein Askim
Telephone: +47 22855169
For questions regarding PluriCourts Centre of Excellence: Professor Andreas FÃ¸llesdal, Director of PluriCourts Centre of Excellence
Telephone: +47 22842036/+47 22842001
Head of Department Dag Harald Claes
Telephone: +47 22857857