PhD Position in Classics

Trondheim, Norway
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2018
HF 18-049
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim), Department of historical studies, offers a full-time 3-year PhD position in Classics as a part of the research group The Classical Ages, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The research group The Classical Ages nurtures extensive research activities in a thriving international environment, with researchers, PhD candidates and Master’s students specializing in classical literature and culture, focusing on Antiquity and the early modern period, as well as the connections between the two. Activities include international conferences, seminars and workshops and regular guest lectures by world-leading scholars. The Classical Ages fosters a particular interest in recreating the past through translations and performances of various kinds as a philological method.

The project involves extensive collaboration with scholars at other universities, in particular The University of Oxford and Université Paris-Sorbonne. The successful applicant is expected to spend some time at a collaborating university within the project network. Additional mobility funding is available through the Research Council of Norway.

Website for The Classical Ages:

The position reports to Head of Department

Qualification requirements

In order to be considered for the position, the candidate must successfully have defended his or her Master’s degree by the date of the application deadline. The qualification requirement is completion of a Master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a grade of B or better on NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equivalent academic foundation.

Applications covering any of the following topics as they relate to Antiquity are particularly welcome: poetics, gender, Greco-Roman literary trajectories, rhetoric, classical receptions and conceptualizations of authority. Some focus on recreation of the past as a methodological approach will be appreciated, but this is not an absolute requirement.

The successful candidate will be working with Associate Professor in Classics Thea Selliaas Thorsen.

The PhD position's main objective is to qualify the post-holder for work in research positions.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

Personal characteristics

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated at code 1017, and are normally remunerated at NOK 449,400 p.a. before tax. From this salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Historical and Cultural Studies. As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. It is a condition of appointment that you be accepted for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointments will be made in accordance with the current regulations for universities in Norway. The successful applicant must agree to the conditions that apply to public employees. The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.

A contract will be drawn up explaining the period of appointment and required duties.

The successful applicant’s workplace will be at NTNU, Department of Historical Studies, and primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants

About the application:

The application must be sent electronically through the Jobbnorge website (, and be marked with the file number for the position, HF 18-049. Please note: applications that are not submitted through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

It must contain information about the applicant’s education, exams and previous employment. The application must also include a five-page research project outline. For more information on the overall research project of which the PhD position is part, please contact the project leader, Associate Professor Thea Selliaas Thorsen (

Applications in English are welcome.

Applicants that are shortlisted for the position will be asked for references and called in for an interview.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Jointly authored works may be included. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Questions about the position can be directed to the project leader, Associate Professor Thea Selliaas Thorsen (

Questions about the application process can be directed to HR Adviser Hege Kissten (

Application deadline: December 13, 2018

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Deadline 13.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 159809