PhD position in Cultural Studies

University of Bergen
April 11, 2023
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PhD position in Cultural Studies UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

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PhD position

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies invites applicants for a PhD position in Cultural studies, commencing August 1st, 2023, or as agreed. This position is for a fixed-term period of four years.

The successful applicant will be hired as a PhD candidate in cultural studies and will be associated with the SAMLA project. SAMLA is a national infrastructure aimed to make the collections of three Norwegian tradition archives, Etnofolkloristisk arkiv (University of Bergen), Norsk folkeminnesamling (University of Oslo) and Norsk etnologisk gransking (The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History) digitally accessible. The University Library (UiB) is responsible for the development of a digital archive for SAMLA which will be launched in 2024. SAMLA is an important initiative in order to make folklore collections accessible for research, education and mediation, and it is expected that the successful applicant will contribute to strengthening the research on such empirical material.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian master's degree or an equivalent foreign degree in cultural history, ethnology, folkloristics or comparable disciplines. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who document a foreign degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Program plan.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.
  • The applicant must be proficient in reading Norwegian.
  • The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Applicants must submit a proposal for a research project that will result in a doctoral dissertation.
  • Applicants will be evaluated according to admission requirements in The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Program pt. 2.1.

    In assessing the applications, the academic quality and feasibility of the proposed PhD project and the academic qualifications of the candidate will be considered. Further emphasis is also placed on strategic considerations, motivation, and the applicant's personal eligibility.

    About the PhD position:

    The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral degree, for a career in academia and for other forms of employment that require high analytical skills. The duration of the PhD position is four years, of which 25 per cent 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. The administrative tasks may be connected to the SAMLA project.

    The successful applicant will conduct research on the Torleiv Hannaas collection, which is today part of Etnofolkloristisk arkiv at the University of Bergen, please see https: // This collection was established as The Folklore archive (Folkeminnesamlingi) at Bergen Museum in 1921. It contains a rich collection of legends, folktales, ballads, riddles and other kinds of folkloristic items from Western and Southern Norway, collected between the mid-19th Century and the 1920s. The collection invites for studying the cultural history of Western and Southern Norway in two ways. Firstly, through studies of world views, folk beliefs, traditional narratives and forms of linguistic expressions. Secondly, through studies of folkloristic collecting practices and the scholarly and cultural political work of which the collecting of folk tradition was part, both in Norway and internationally. We welcome proposals on both topics. The Hannaas collection is digitized through SAMLA. It is expected that the PhD candidate will engage actively with the digitized sources and thus also contribute to the development of the digital solutions of the SAMLA portal.

    The successful candidate will be part of a national folkloristic research community through the SAMLA project. Please see the SAMLA web site for more information about the project: https: //

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

    The employment period may be reduced for candidates who have previously been employed in a recruitment position at other institutions.

    The PhD position requires that the applicant has their regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural and Religious Studies and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    About the research training:

    As a PhD candidate you must participate in the Faculty of Humanities' educational program. The program consists of completing a training component of 30 ECTS, annual progress reporting and an approved midway evaluation. Click here for additional details on the content and requirements of the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities.

    We can offer:
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (code 1017) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 501 200 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 for the job:

    Apply electronically via the link "APPLY FOR THIS JOB". Applicants are required to use the electronic CV form.

    The following information must be enclosed:

  • A project proposal (of up to five pages/12.000 characters, when bibliography is not included). The project proposal should clearly describe the research project, including research background, main research questions, theory, method, materials to be used, ethical considerations etc.
  • A well-thought-out progress plan for the project.
  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • CV.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • A short summary of the master's thesis or equivalent thesis (up to three pages).
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. This must contain information about the number of ECTS of the master's degree, or be followed by an official and personalized confirmation with this information issued by the awarding institution.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • The application and attachments need to be in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language or English. Documents in other languages need to be uploaded together with a certified translation into English (or a Scandinavian language). Attachments can be in either Word or PDF and must be uploaded to Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

    General information:

    Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Professor Teemu Ryymin, email: [email protected],no, phone: 55 58 38 79, or the leaders of the SAMLA project, Professor Hans-Jakob Ågotnes, [email protected], tlf. 55 58 22 08 and Professor Kyrre Kverndokk, [email protected], tlf. +47 55 58 88 58.

    The public sector shall reflect the diversity of the Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    Questions or inquiries about the electronic application process can be directed to: [email protected]

    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 successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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    About UiB

    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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