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University of Oslo

Doctoral Research Fellowships in musicology - Societal Challenges and Crises

2022-01-09
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Three doctoral research fellowships (SKO 1017) in musicology is available at the Department of Musicology (IMV), University of Oslo.

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The Department of Musicology (IMV), University of Oslo, is pleased to announce three fully funded PhD Fellowships in music research.

We seek candidates with the potential to develop the field of musicology and invite research proposals that engage with the broader theme of societal challenges and crises from various methodological perspectives. The positions are open with regard to time period, geographic area, and precise musical genre or tradition. The department conducts research in a wide range of areas including music history, analysis, cognition and technology, jazz and popular music, the cultural study of music, and music and media.

Applicants should explicitly state how their proposals align with the research competencies at the Department of Musicology. The successful candidates will be expected to complement and contribute to the strong research profile of our department. 

Applications must include a separate project description.

The persons 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 candidates 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 3 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

  • A Master’s degree in music/musicology/music research or in a field that builds a solid foundation for research into the area of the chosen topic. The applicant is required to document specifically that the degree corresponds to the profile for the post. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

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

  • The project's originality, scientific merit and innovation.
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the research training and his/her research project within the stipulated time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join and contribute to the Department’s research environment and interdisciplinary academic communities

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

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How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Documentation of Language requirements
  • Separate project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions)

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

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

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, jobbnorge.no.

Short-listed candidates will be invited 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.

This is a project funded by the Research Council of Norway and applicants with a previous doctoral degree within another field cannot be appointed for this position.

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. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this. 

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

For questions about the position:

Head of Department Zafer Özgen, e-mail: zafer.ozgen@imv.uio.no, phone number: +47 22854004/+47 90132461

Head of Admininstration Nina Rundgren, e-mail: nina.rundgren@imv.uio.no, phone number: +47 22856527/+47 40 20 27 99

HR Adviser Tonje Olsen (for questions regarding how to apply)

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