PhD Position in Environmental Humanities

Dragvoll, Norway
24 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Mar 2019
HF 19-002
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Faculty of Humanities at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim) offers a full-time 3-year PhD position, to be based in the Departments of Art and Media Studies and/or the Department of Language and Literature.

The PhD position is connected to the strategic research area NTNU Oceans, through the pilot programme Responsible Ocean Research and Innovation (HAVANSVAR). The PhD candidate will here be part of a substantial network of interdisciplinary scholarship addressing ethical, cultural, political, economic, narrative and historical dimensions of the marine environment. Further information can be found here (NTNU OCEANS)

About this position

Within this framework, this PhD position will contribute to the Environmental Humanities research group by investigating the representations of the ocean in literary, cinematic, and televisual cultural productions. The ocean nourishes and sustains human and other life on Earth, yet humans have devised innumerable practices that treat the ocean as a resource. How have human societies constructed and represented their relations to the ocean through the stories we tell about it? How do ocean narratives help us to understand the relations between our ocean stories and the environmental challenges we now face: climate change, pollution, extinctions, sea level rise, environmental justice, food insecurity, and more? How do the humanities provide approaches to interpretation, representation, imagination, and narrative that contribute to understandings of ocean narratives and ocean research more broadly?

The proposed PhD project should employ an environmental humanities perspective on local and/or transnational representations of the ocean, challenging established, instrumentalist understandings of ocean as a resource. We invite project proposals from literary, film, or television studies scholars with a firm basis within the relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies pertinent to the chosen medium, and that demonstrate a clear conception of how their research can contribute to the environmental humanities more widely. We especially encourage proposals that take up texts, theories, and methods that engage with queer, feminist, anti-racist, indigenous, decolonial, and other critical approaches.

Qualification requirements

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

The applicant must have a master’s degree (or equivalent) in literature, film and/or television studies, or a related humanities discipline that provides scholarly experience relevant to the proposed project. A strong academic record is required, specified as a weighted average grade of at least B for the two last years of the MA degree programme, in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. We will rank qualified applicants based on the quality, originality and potential of the proposed project, its relevance for the overarching project, and its feasibility. The candidate should include a 5-page project proposal outlining possible topics and background for the project as well as thoughts on its overall contributions and relevance. We will invite promising candidates to an interview for the position. The purpose of the interview is to assess the candidates’ motivation, ambitions, and personal suitability for the position.

The period of employment is 3 years.The successful applicant must complete the PhD programme in Humanities and the Arts at The Faculty of Humanities within the period of the appointment. For more information about the PhD programme, please visit:  A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme.

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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.

For more information, please contact: Associate Professor Julia Leyda at or Associate Professor Hanna Musiol at . Questions about the application process can be directed to HR advisor Åse Marit Skarholt at

About the application:

The application must be submitted electronically through The application should include the reference number (HF 19-002) and the following attachments (preferably gathered in a single PDF file):

  • Research proposal of up to 5 pages (or 3000 words)
  • Letter of motivation up to 2 pages (or 1200 words)
  • Scanned copies of diplomas, transcripts, and certificates (originals must be produced at interview)
  • List of publications and conference presentations (if any)

Applicants invited to an interview will be asked for references.

Application deadline: 05.03.19

Please note: Applications that are not sent through and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be considered.

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Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide range of study programmes in the humanities, and is Norway’s second largest faculty of humanities measured in the number of students. We develop leading academic groups in the action-oriented humanities, as well as innovative and inquiry-based teaching and learning. The Faculty consists of six departments as well as a Faculty administration.

Deadline 05.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Dragvoll