Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

POSITION AS POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP  (SKO/post code 1352) within the project  “Animals as objects and animals as signs – standardisation and visualization of animals”

is available for a period of 2 years at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo,

The successful applicant should in her/his research project work on a topic related to the main project “Animals as objects and animals as signs – standardisation and visualization of animals”,

The project ”Animals as objects and animals as signs” examines relations between nature, culture and aesthetics. Selected aesthetic practices and transformations of animals in different places along the time axis 1600-2000 are pursued.

The successful applicant shall develop a project that highlights how animals have been understood and interpreted in early modern Western natural history, as materiality, depictions or/and as text. The applicant must satisfy knowledge of early modern, natural history collecting practices.

The post-doctoral project “Translating Animals, Judging Cultures” exemplifies how aestheticization of animals in the period in question may be studied. Applicants are free to formulate alternative proposals, which, however, must reflect the research questions in the main project.

Applicants must submit a project description of 3 – 5 pages, including a schedule of activities. The project description must clarify how the applicant will approach the post-doctoral project theme theoretically and methodically, and render evidence that the project will be completed within the 2-year period.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.  Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in a relevant field.

We are looking for strongly motivated and competent candidates, with high academic and personal qualifications to contribute to the main project.

The appointee will be expected to engage in existing research groups in the Faculty of Humanities and to contribute to the further development of the academic community.

Short-listed applicants may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

The University of Oslo aims to recruit more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo also aims to recruit more immigrants to Norway in academic positions. Immigrants are encouraged to apply.

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

For further information, please contact:
Liv Emma Thorsen, Project Manager IKOS, phone:  (+47)228 54913, e-mail: l

[dot] e [dot] thorsen [at] ikos [dot] uio [dot] no.
Cecilie W. Lilleheil, Research Coordinator IKOS, phone: (+47)228 44047, e-mail: c [dot] w [dot] lilleheil [at] ikos [dot] uio [dot] no.
Rune Svarverud, Head of Research IKOS, phone: (+47)228 56982, e-mail: rune [dot] svarverud [at] ikos [dot] uio [dot] no.

Government wage scale: 57-62 (depending on level of expertise)

Closing date for applications: 30 September 2009

REF.NO: 2009/8428

Applicants must email the following material in doc-, rtf- or phd-format to stillinger [at] hf [dot] uio [dot] no

–       Letter of application describing qualifications

–       Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project

–       A list of published and unpublished works

–       Curriculum vitae with grades.

Educational certificates, dissertation/thesis and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

Letters of application may be written in Norwegian or English. Please mark applications and e-mails with 2009/8428