University of Oslo and Aarhus University
The University of Oslo, in collaboration with Aarhus University, invites applications for a fully-funded 3-year PhD fellowship, related to the Anthropology of Human Security in Africa, starting on January 2nd 2024.
ANTHUSIA The University of Oslo and Aarhus University are founding participants of the collaborative project ANTHUSIA: Anthropology of Human Security in Africa. ANTHUSIA originated as a multi-disciplinary research and training project conducted by a consortium of four universities in Aarhus (Denmark), Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Leuven (Belgium) and Oslo (Norway) with funding from the EU MSCA programme. The consortium draws together academics, practitioners and activists interested in human security, defined broadly, in Africa. Between 2018 and 2022, ANTHUSIA funded PhD fellows to conduct anthropological field research on phenomena such as emerging health and environmental issues, the expansion of young populations and marginalisation of elderly, processes of urbanisation and unequally distributed growth, recurring conflicts and population displacement.
Over five years, the research network has built an academically stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment that allows PhD fellows to obtain specialist knowledge on a specific research topic as well as transferable skills that can be employed in non-academic institutions and to build scholarly networks across Europe, Africa and beyond. Two new PhD positions in Oslo and Aarhus offer salary, as well as funding for fieldwork, conference participation and dissemination, books and equipment.About the position
As part of ANTHUSIA, the University of Oslo invites applications for a joint PhD fellowship, hosted by the University of Oslo as primary University, and the University of Aarhus as secondary University, where the student will spend one semester during their PhD. The PhD fellow will work in the field of medical and environmental anthropology - fields in which the two universities have mutual strengths and can offer excellent research environments (see, e.g., Anthrotox, AnthEM, OSEH). They will be supervised by Wenzel Geissler with a co-supervisor at the University of Aarhus. The position will be twinned with an equivalent PhD fellowship with the University of Aarhus as primary university and the University of Oslo as secondary university. The two PhD students will collaborate and each spend one semester of six at their respective secondary university.
Oslo and Aarhus universities are equal opportunity employers and strive for diversity among PhDs. We encourage candidates from all continents to apply.
We invite applicants to develop PhD projects on the anthropology of human security in Africa in a broad sense. In particular, we encourage projects that innovatively connect health challenges (e.g., epidemics of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, malnutrition, mental health and child development issues; emerging viral diseases in humans and animals; or re- emerging infectious diseases like malaria and sleeping sickness), and changing natural environments (shaped by e.g. toxic pollution of air, water, soil or food; urbanization, industry, mining and farming; or changing vegetation and biodiversity, rainfall, and temperatures). Examples for such human-made environment-disease constellations could be as diverse as: insecticides in agriculture or disease control; extractive industries or air pollution, antibiotic resistance or the spread of disease vectors.Qualification requirements
The PhD candidates are required to spend time at each university, have a supervisor at each institution and will receive a single joint degree/ double degree signed by both universities. Their research project will be subject to an evaluation meeting according to the standards of both the University of Oslo and Aarhus University, and format of the evaluation will be a public defence.
The details regarding time spent at each university, supervision, evaluation as well as other legal matters will be specified in a contract prior to the start of the PhD project.
We encourage applicants who have African language skills and relevant experience outside the academy.We offer
The application must include:
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Jobbnorge with in October 1st 2023, please follow the link “send application”. International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language). The successfull applicants will be called in for an interview.Formal regulations
Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.
No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.
According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.
The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.
Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.Contact information
Paul Wenzel Geissler, project leader UiO, [email protected]
Lotte Meinert, project leader AU, [email protected]
Rune Flikke, Head of department, [email protected]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 Social Anthropology The Department of Social Anthropology was founded in 1964 and is today a highly ranked anthropology department. Our researchers study society and culture through extensive, ethnographic fieldwork. The Department of Social Anthropology educates students at bachelor's-, master's and ph. d.-level.Deadline
1st October 2023Employer
University of OsloMunicipality
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University of Oslo