Doctoral Research Fellowship in Design History University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas

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 embraces four disciplines: Philosophy, Classical Languages (Greek and Latin), History of Ideas and Art History. The Department is also responsible for the introductory philosophy courses, obligatory for all students attending study programmes at the University of Oslo. In addition the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) is administered by the Department. The Department has about 140 employees.

 

Doctoral Research Fellowship in Design History within the project "Back to the Sustainable Future"

 

The University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, invites applications for a PhD Research Fellowship in Design History. The position is part of the research project Back to the Sustainable Future: Visions of Sustainability in the History of Design (BaSF) funded by the Research Council of Norway, and will contribute to the project’s explorations of the history of sustainability as a key concern in design discourse.

 

Job description

 

Back to the Sustainable Future explores the historical conditions for, and development of, sustainable design. Today, sustainability is an essential parameter in all design practice, education, research and mediation. However, this ‘green revolution’ is a glaringly white spot on the design historical map, still awaiting its scholarly historicization.

 

Back to the Sustainable Future investigates how designers, educators, theorists, critics, promoters, consumers and users have conceptualized visions of sustainability in the history of design since the 1960s. The aim is to trace how notions of sustainability have migrated across time and socio-cultural domains, from design education and social activism via commercial and industrial contexts to mainstream media and consumer behavior. By doing so, we are addressing a significant lacuna in design historical scholarship and thereby expanding the subject matter of the field.

 

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

 

The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

 

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in an area relevant to the topic of the doctoral dissertation.The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

 

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame and contribute to the main project
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

 

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

 

We offer

  • salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • a professionally stimulatinging working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits 

 

How to apply

 

The application must include:

  • cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • a project description, including progress plan (3 -5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree 
  • 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, please follow the link “apply for this job”. 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).

 

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the project description and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Short-listed candidates 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.

 

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 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 a.o.

 

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

 

Deadline: September 30 2017

 

Contact persons:

For questions regarding the project/ position: 
Professor Kjetil Fallan

 

For questions regarding how to apply:
HR-officer Julie Tøllefsen


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