PhD Research Fellow in Sociology - Weaving the fabric of Elite Bonds
There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography
for a PhD research fellow (SKO 1017).
The position is for a period of three years without compulsory work or four
years with 25% compulsory work (primarily teaching).
Qualification requirements and assessment criteria
Applicants will be assessed on the quality of the project proposal, the
quality of the master's thesis and the applicant's personal prerequisites to
carry out the project. The hiring process will include an interview.
Applicants must have a master's degree/second-level degree in sociology or
equivalent. Applicants are expected to demonstrate through their
application letter and project proposal how they will contribute to the
research project. Applicants from other disciplinary backgrounds than
sociology who wish to apply must demonstrate in their application letter
that their educational background, master's thesis and project proposal
qualify them for research within the fields of class analysis or the
sociology of elites.
The master's degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS. Applicants
must have a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The
master's thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline.
A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of
a master's degree.
The applicant must provide a tentative description (4-8 pages) of a PhD
research project that she or he plans to carry out during the fellowship
period. Applicants are expected to be able to complete the project during
the appointment period.
Applicants should have experience within class analysis and/or the
sociology of elites.
Applicants must have excellent written and oral proficiency in English.
The final hiring decision is the responsibility of the department's board and
will be based on an evaluation of the overall qualifications of the
shortlisted candidates as well as the department's needs.
Salary at pay rate 54-59, NOK 491 200-534 400 per annum, depending on
An academically stimulating working 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
A letter of application. Please describe your motivation for applying for
this position and explain how your background, research and experience is
relevant to the research project
A project proposal (4-8 pages). The proposal must include research
questions, theoretical framework, methodology and research design as well
as a time-line for completion of the research
CV with full summary of education, practice and academic work. The period
of enrollment (admission-completion) in the master's study programme
must be specified
Academic transcripts (university degrees only)
Copy of master's degree diploma
Master's thesis. Please note that your thesis must be uploaded and
registered as an "Attachment" in the electronic application
Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their
University's grading system. This may be uploaded as an “Attachment"
List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate,
e-mail and phone number)
The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic
recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Please note
that all documents must be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
Please refer to our Q&A web page before you make personal enquiries.
Principal Investigator, Maren Toft. All questions regarding the content of the
project and the project proposal should be directed to her.
Administrative Head of Administration, Inger-Lise Schwab.
More about the position
The PhD fellow will be part of the research project Weaving the fabric of
Elite Bonds (WEB) which is headed by Maren Toft. The fellow is expected to
pursue independent research under supervision, as outlined in their submitted
WEB investigates how social networks are linked to family dynasties and elite
power. The project investigates the social cohesion of Norwegian elites, the
level of circulation and integration between different parts of the elite, how
marriage and kinship ties are related to business and organizational networks,
and how networks are implicated in the life-chances of elites. The project is
organized in two work packages that concern i) the role of patrimony in
business networks, and ii) elite cohesion and elite circulation. The proposal
for a PhD project must engage explicitly with one or multiple topics raised in
The position requires participation in the Faculty of Social Sciences'
organised research education programme (PhD programme) and the completion of
a doctorate in sociology. The candidate who is hired will automatically be
admitted to the PhD programme. Residence in Norway is expected, but a research
stay abroad during the fellowship period is encouraged.
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.
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
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.
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 Department of Sociology and Human Geography is Norway's leading
department for both Sociology and Human Geography. The Department offers four
Bachelor's and three Master's programmes. Research, teaching and dissemination
activities within both fields are of the highest level. The Department is
renowned both for the breadth of topics and methodologies employed and for its
highly qualified researchers. Gender balance among the academic staff is an
important distinguishing feature. The Department has 35 permanent academic
staff, nearly 40 doctoral and post doctoral research fellows and 12
administrative staff members. There are approximately 80 PhD. candidates and
1500 students enrolled in the Department.
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