PhD research fellowship - 2 positions at the Department of Foreign Languages

University of Bergen
March 14, 2023
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PhD research fellowship - 2 positions at the Department of Foreign Languages UiB - Knowledge that shapes society

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PhD research fellowship - 2 positions at the Department of Foreign


The Department of Foreign Languages invites applications for two PhD positions, commencing from August 1st 2023. The positions are for a fixed-term period of four years.

The Department of Foreign Languages spans nine different languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish language and Latin-American Studies. Teaching and research are conducted in the disciplines of language/linguistics, literature, cultural studies and didactics (https:// www. The Department has around 60 permanent academic staff members, along with approximately 20 PhD and postdoctoral fellows, and eleven administrative members of staff.

The positions are part of the Department's focus on research groups and are open for projects within the scope of the following six research groups:

  • LINGCLIM: Language, Climate and Lifestyle
  • Multilingualism on My Mind
  • Aesthetic Imaginaries
  • Contemporary Russia
  • The Borders of Europe
  • TELL – Text-based English Language Learning
  • Qualifications and personal qualities:

    The applicants must hold a Norwegian master's degree or an equivalent foreign degree in a discipline that is relevant to the PhD project. It is a prerequisite that the master's degree has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants without a Norwegian PhD degree will be evaluated based on the guidelines from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and The Faculty of Humanities´ PhD programme plan.

    The applicants must be able to work independently, in a structured manner and have good cooperation skills.

    Applicants will be evaluated according to admission requirements in The Faculty of Humanities' PhD Program pt. 2.1.

    All applicants must obtain a written confirmation from a permanent member of staff at the Department as a potential supervisor. For any queries in this matter, please contact the Head of Department Martin Paulsen, e-mail [email protected] or phone +47 55 58 23 86 or Research Coordinator Laura Saetveit Miles, e-mail [email protected] or phone + 47 55 58 22 88.

    In assessing the applications, emphasis is placed on the quality of the project, the progress plan of the project and the applicant's academic qualifications. For applicants with equivalent qualifications, In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations and the applicant's motivation and personal eligibility will be taken into account.

    About the PhD positions

    The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a PhD degree, which qualifies for a career in academia and for other forms of employment that requires 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. A more detailed plan for this part of the position will be developed in collaboration with the Department at the very beginning of the employment period.

    Candidates 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 demands that the applicant has their regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Foreign Languages and complies with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

    About research training

    As a PhD candidate you must participate in the Faculty of Humanities' educational programme. The programme 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:

    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.
  • A summary of the proposed project (up to five pages, excluding the bibliography).
  • Bibliography for the proposed project.
  • A progress plan for the PhD project.
  • CV including full publication list.
  • 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.
  • Publications in your name (up to three).
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • A written statement from your main supervisor at the Department of Foreign Languages.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • 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 Head of Department, Martin Paulsen on email [email protected] or telephone (+47) 55 58 23 86 or Head of Administrative Staff, Arve Kjell Uthaug on email [email protected] or telephone (+47) 55 58 22 81.

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

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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

    Life as a PhD candidate at UiB

    Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.

    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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