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One position as PhD Fellow is available at the TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo (NO). The position is associated with the interdisciplinary project UrbTrans (2020–2024), which is funded by the Tromsø Research Foundation and the Research Council Norway.


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.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS – Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science.


‘The Arctic is burning, and Greenland is melting’, the popular science magazine stated after the record-warm month of July 2019. Wildfires ravaged and attention was once again turned to the pronounced effects of climate change in the Arctic. This development is also what sets the stage for UrbTrans, a radically interdisciplinary project that will analyse how the citizens and authorities of Greenland’s capital city, Nuuk, respond to the challenges and opportunities of a warming Arctic. UrbTrans will further work to expand the temporal scope of Arctic studies, towards understanding not only the shifts of the present, but also how Nuuk’s colonial past is activated in and affects ongoing transformation processes. This will entail close engagement with questions regarding the character and continued effects of Nordic colonialism, as well as decoloniality in a Nordic context. The project will furthermore be characterised by innovative methodological work to span the traditional divides of studies of the past and the present, the humanities and the social sciences.

UrbTrans builds on Science and technology Studies (STS), but will also be in close conversation with a diverse set of research fields and disciplines, ranging from Arctic-, decolonial-, and indigenous studies, to architecture, geography and history. The project will further combine the methods of archival studies, document analysis and ethnography, thus engaging simultaneously with studies of the past of the present. The PhD Fellow will be expected engage collaboratively in research activities that span these methods, but also to independently carry out research that relies mainly on archival studies and document analysis and/or interviews and storytelling practices. Reciprocal research practices towards local communities and stakeholders are key to the project, and applicants are asked to demonstrate an understanding of what such practices entail and to explain how you seek to achieve this within the frames of the PhD position.


Deadline: 9th May 2021 (link for application)

The application must include:

  • Application letter. Please describe your motivation for applying for the position. Explain how your research and experience is relevant to the UrbTrans project.
  • A project proposal, please refer to Guidelines for the project proposal when applying for admission – Faculty of Social Sciences ( A description of the UrbTrans project is available upon request.
  • CV summarising education, positions and academic work.
  • A copy of the master thesis and a list of other scientific publications
  • A list of 2–3 references that can be contacted, including name, relation to the applicant, e-mail and phone number.
  • Copy of education diploma

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 eventuelt “project description” and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.


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