PhD, environmental history - Oslo, Norway

A PhD Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Environmental History is available at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway.


The expected start date is August/September 2020. The candidate will be based in Oslo.

Salary NOK 479 600 – 523 200 per annum depending on qualifications.

This is a full-time, fixed term position for three years in a professionally stimulating working environment. Includes membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and attractive welfare benefits.


The candidate is expected to pursue an independent research project in the field of Environmental History. It should explore the historical entanglements of natural and social environments within the period of 1500-2000. The research can be interdisciplinary in scope and is expected to relate to the methodologies of the Environmental Humanities, Climate History, History of Science or Material Culture Studies. The project will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Dominik Collet and is funded by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo.

The person appointed will be part of the Faculty's organized research training and the Norwegian Graduate School in History. 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.

All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within three years or three and a half years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12- or six-month Completion Grant.


- A Master's degree or equivalent in History or a discipline related to the Environmental Humanities. Applicants without a degree in history should explain how their proposed project relates to historical research. 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.
- Competence in a Scandinavian language is desirable
- 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 scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
- The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
- 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.


Applications close 15 January 2020. Apply here:

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. 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
- Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3-5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)
- 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.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Further information

Professor Dominik Collet: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Head of Research, Associate Professor Sunniva Engh: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Head of Administration Katrine Randin: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HR Adviser Karoline Farbrot (for questions regarding how to apply): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.