PhD position linked to the teacher education (history, religious studies, Nordic studies)
University of Bergen

PhD position linked to the teacher education (history, religious studies, Nordic studies)

Norway 28 Feb 2021


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PhD position

The Faculty of Humanities (HF) has a four-year PhD position in the field of history, religious studies or Nordic studies. This PhD position will be linked to either the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (AHKR) or the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies (LLE). The candidate accepting the offer of employment must be able to start in the position within six months of receiving the offer.

About the project/work tasks:

This position is one of two PhD positions awarded to the Faculty at the University of Bergen in connection with the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research’s award of new places on the HF’s teacher education programme during the autumn of 2020. It will constitute part of the Faculty’s commitment to the teacher education.

The doctoral research fellow’s project shall address issues linked to the subjects of history, religious studies or Nordic studies connected to teacher education. These issues could be based on research history, bildung theory, methodological issues or the objectives, content and justification of teaching. Projects relating to school research may also be relevant.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the research group they wish to collaborate with and draw up a draft project (max. 5 pages) in accordance with the guidelines provided by the research group in question. Please see under General Information for contact details. 

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian master’s degree or the equivalent in history, religious studies or Nordic studies. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded at the time of application. Master’s degrees from other countries will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The Department can send documentation of foreign education to NOKUT in order to evaluate whether this degree is equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree.
  • Knowledge of the Teacher Education is an advantage.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.
  • The applicant must have good command of the Norwegian language. 

Applicants must have contacted a supervisor permanently employed at the Department they apply to, and the application must include a confirmation from this supervisor. Contact information under General information.

In assessing the applications, both the academic quality of the project and the applicant’s qualification will be considered.

In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s personal eligibility will be taken into account.

About the PhD position:

The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral degree, which qualifies for independent research and for other forms of employment that demand specific competency. The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 % of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results, and administration. The plan for this part of the position is developed in collaboration with the Department at the very beginning of the employment period.

Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen, are not eligible for employment.

The PhD position demands that the applicant has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen, and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

The PhD candidate must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. It is a condition that the applicant satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD program at the University of Bergen.

We offer:
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 481.800 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.

How to apply:

Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form. The application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • CV.
  • The name and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • A short summary of the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis (up to 3 pages).
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • A project plan/summary of the proposed project (up to 5 pages /12.000 characters).
  • A progress plan for the PhD project.
  • Bibliography for the proposed project.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name (up to 3).
  • A confirmation letter from your main supervisor at the department.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Attachments can be either in Word or pdf-format.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting the Head of Department. For history and religious studies: Head of Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion Jan Heiret, tel. 55 58 97 62 or email . For Nordic studies: Head of Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies Anders Fagerjord, tel. 55 58 36 53 or email .

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 best qualified candidates for the position will be invited to an interview.

Questions or queries about the electronic application process can be directed to: .

Further information about the application here . 

Further information about the appointment process here .

Application deadline: 28 February 2021

UiB reference no: 21/472

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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 four departments and four centres at Faculty of Humanities. Read more about the faculty  and departments.  

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