Doctoral Research Fellowship in History "History of Capitalism"

University of Oslo
February 28, 2023
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Department of Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History

Doctoral Research Fellowship in History "History of Capitalism" Job description

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in History is available at the Department of Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH), University of Oslo.

The position is associated with the Research Group "History of Capitalism" , which offers exceptional opportunities to study the early modern and modern history of Europe in the world.

Prospective applicants should submit a project proposal relevant for the research group and with a clear set of questions related to interrelation between capitalism, technology, and narratives of progress. One might consider, for instance, forms of resistance against the emergence of new technologies (such as the printing press, clocks, cars, etc.), the history of firms and corporate governance, or issues related to intellectual property law, formal and practical education (such as access to education systems and links between education and technological change), or infrastructural projects. Other topics are welcome, depending on the applicant's capabilities and interests. The geographic scope is open; however, applicants are asked to clearly state in their project proposal (3 to 5 pages) why they have chosen a particular approach and case study as well as the location of the sources they intend to use.

The History of Capitalism group currently hosts a NFR project about educational opportunities in Scandinavia, as well as two ERC projects on the history of intellectual property, one on the history of the creative industries and one on the history of copyright . Applicants will be given the opportunity to join these projects. There is a possibility for joint supervision as well.

More about the position

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

Qualification requirements
  • A Master's degree or equivalent in history, law, economics, or any other relevant discipline. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements
  • Excellent reading knowledge of the source languages relevant for the project.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master's degree or equivalent), including a Master's thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme's scope and quality.

    In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
  • Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.
  • We offer
  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • How to apply

    The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant's qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Documentation of Language requirements (if applicable)
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions)
  • Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

    Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

    The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system,

    Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

    Formal regulations

    See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

    Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

    The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

    The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

    Contact information

    Professor Veronique Isabelle Claire Pouillard, e-mail

    Head of Department, professor Jon Vidar Sigurdsson, e-mail

    HR Adviser Hilde Kristine Sletner, e-mail

    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 archaeology, conservation and history (IAKH) is comprised of three disciplines which in different ways study the past. The department has internationally oriented archaeologists, the only conservation program in Norway and the biggest group of historians in Scandinavia. The department has close to 100 employees, including non-permanent research fellows. The study programs span archaeology from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages, object and paintings conservation, and history from Antiquity to the present age.


    28th February 2023


    University of Oslo




    Fulltime (1 stillinger) Fulltime (%)


    Fixed Term

    Place of service

    Øvre Blindern, Oslo

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