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A position as Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages within the research project In 2016: How it felt to live in the Arab World five years after the ‘Arab Spring’. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR).

In 2016 takes its inspiration from H.-U. Gumbrecht’s seminal study In 1926. Its key objective is to identify the most important categories with which Arabs conceive of the world(s) they live in during the target year, 2016.  The successful candidate will be responsible for, and also contribute the majority of entries to, an encyclopedia-like collection of short articles about the large variety of aspects of the ‘lifeworld(s)’ of 2016. Like Gumbrecht’s ‘essay in historical simultaneity’, the study should allow the reader to ‘jump right into’ the worlds of post-revolutionary Egypt or Tunisia, ‘move around’ in them, and in this way explore, and experience as directly as possible, ‘how it felt’ to live five years after the ‘Arab Spring’ in a country that had been pioneering the movement.

The applicant shall base her/his research mainly on fresh material that attracted specific discursive attention in Egypt or Tunisia in the course of the target year. The material shall consist mainly of Arabic literature (in the wider sense, incl. film and other narrative forms of artistic expression) published in 2016. Primary sources will preferably be collected during two longer stays in the target country.

The post-doctoral candidate’s own research, its guiding questions and overall approach shall fit within the framework established by the In 2016 project. The successful candidate will form part of a core research group.

The position is available for a 3-year period starting October 2015, and the position entails a 10 % workload of teaching and supervision duties.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and on the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the project within the given time frame.


  • PhD with a specialization relevant to the In 2016 project
  • Excellent command of relevant varieties of Arabic
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline.

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • the project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • the applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within three years and to contribute to the main project
  • good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer

  • Salary level 57-65 (482 800-559 600 NOK per year, depending on level of expertise)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application form, preferably in pdf format:

  • Application letter
  • Curriculum Vitae with grades listed
  • List of published and unpublished works
  • Project description (3-5 pages). The project description must present a feasible progress plan.

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.

See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

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

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, 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.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 23 April 2015
  • Expected Start Date:
  • 1 October 2015
  • Reference number:
  • 2015/2518
  • Contacts:
  • Associate Professor Albrecht Hofheinz
    Telephone: +47-22856854
  • Professor Stephan Guth
    Telephone: +47-22856783
  • Senior Executive Officer Evian Nordstrand (questions on electronic application)
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