PhD Research Fellowship in Electronic Literature at the Center for Digital Narrative (CDN)

University of Bergen
March 19, 2023
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PhD Research Fellowship in Electronic Literature at the Center for Digital

Narrative (CDN)

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PhD Research Fellowship

The Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies invites applications for one (1) PhD position in electronic literature at the Center for Digital Narrative commencing from September 1st, 2023 or as agreed. The position is for a fixed-term period of four years.

About the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies

The Department offers research-based teaching within a wide span of study programs, including Digital Culture, Art History, Theatre Studies, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, Scandinavian Languages and Literature, Old Norse Studies, and Norwegian as a Second Language and Norwegian Languages Courses for international students and employees at the University of Bergen. From the fall 2023 onwards, the Department will be proud to host the Center for Digital Narrative (CDN), a Norwegian Resarch Center of Excellence.

The position will be affiliated with the Center for Digital Narrative funded by the Research Council of Norway. The center focuses on algorithmic narrativity, interactive environments, materialities, and shifting cultural contexts in which digital narratives are received and processed. We investigate the ways that the interactions of human authors and non-human agents renew narrative forms, how digital narratives have changed over time, and how textual materialities and cultural contexts are now reshaping the use and function of digital narrative.

About the project

The successful candidate's PhD project will address electronic literature from the standpoint of literary genres across historical periods, considering how forms of electronic literature are in conversation, agreement, and conflict with genres which might range, for example, from the epic to lyric poetry, to the novel. There is some flexibility in the topic of the dissertation, which will be developed in collaboration with the CDN electronic literature node leader during the candidate's first semester.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian master's degree or the equivalent foreign degree in electronic literature or a related field. 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 Programme 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 both written and oral English.
  • Experience in any of the following areas is considered an advantage:

  • Academic research in digital narratives in the MA thesis or other work, particularly research relevant to the focus areas of CDN.
  • Past publication of research or research communication.
  • Digital humanities methods.
  • 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, which qualifies which qualifies for a career in academia and for other forms of employment which 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. The plan for this part of the position is developed in collaboration with the Department and the Center at the very beginning of the employment period.

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

    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, the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic 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 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.

    It is a prerequisite that the applicant meets the requirements for admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Humanities.

    We can offer:
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Annual salary of NOK 500.800 gross (code 1017), corresponding to pay grade 54 in the state salary scale, 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 position:

    Apply electronically via the link "APPLY FOR THIS JOB". The applicant must use the electronic CV-form.

    The application must include:

  • A project proposal of up to five pages/12.000 characters, when bibliography is not included. The project proposal should describe the research project, including research background, main research questions, theory, method, etc., and a timetable for implementation.
  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • CV.
  • 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.
  • A short summary of the master's thesis or equivalent thesis (up to three pages).
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • Bibliography for the proposed project.
  • A progress plan for the project.
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Publications in your name (up to three works).
  • 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 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 in 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 Professor Joseph Tabbi, [email protected], Center Director Scott Rettberg, [email protected], or Head of Department Anders Fagerjord, [email protected], tel. (+47) 55 58 36 53

    The labour force in 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.

    The best qualified candidates for the position will be called in to an interview.

    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 applicants. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

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

    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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