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Applications are invited for up to two 3 year positions as Postdoctoral Fellow to be based at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo.

Each applicant must develop a project that is thematically relevant to one or more of the research groups at the Faculty: https://www.tf.uio.no/english/research/groups/.

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The appointment is a fulltime position, 10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Applicants are asked to develop a focused research project with clear aims and research questions, and an appropriate methodological approach. The postdoctoral project should be well positioned in the international research field, and novelty in methodological approaches is a strength.

Experience in international publishing of high quality in the relevant research field is an advantage, as is international research experience. The successful candidate has the ability to conduct independent research of high quality, while at the same time taking an interest in collaborating with colleagues and contributing to the further development of one or more of the research groups at the Faculty.

The position offers good opportunities for advancing an internationally oriented research career. A research stay abroad during the employment period is expected, but relative to funding available.


  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in the relevant field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 523.200-573.100 per annum, depending on qualifications in a position as Postdoctor (position code 1352)
  • Professional development in a stimulating academic environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • project description, including progress plan and any plans for a stay abroad (max. 5 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign 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.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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 University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

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

Contact information

Professor Anders Runesson, phone number: +47-22850305, e-mail: anders.runesson@teologi.uio.no

Senior Advisier Rigmor Smith-Gahrsen, phone number: +47-22850311, e-mail: rigmor.smith-gahrsen@teologi.uio.no

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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 Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo has a total of 68 staff and ca. 350 students. The faculty conducts research in the fields of biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, practical theology, diaconal and interreligious studies and offers programmes for the theological education for clerical ministry as well as a number of other academic study programmes within the field of religion.

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