Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships
1-2 Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships (duration 2 years) is available at the Norwegian Centre of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.
The researcher(s) will take part in the Research Council of Norway-funded project Refugees and the Arab Middle East: Protection in States Not Party to the Refugee Convention (REF-ARAB), led by Professor Maja Janmyr. The REF-ARAB project is concerned with refugee protection in states not party to the key international legal instruments providing for the protection of the world’s refugees. It takes both a broader perspective that historically and politically situates these non-party states within the international refugee regime, and a more focused perspective that grounds refugee protection in lived experiences and local initiatives.
More specifically, the REF-ARAB project will 1) study the historical and political circumstances related to why so many states in the Arab Middle East (AME) have remained non-parties to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees (the Refugee Convention); 2) explore how the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) executes its mandate to provide international protection to refugees in these same states; and 3) examine the avenues available for refugees in these countries by means of non-governmental legal aid organizations in securing legal protection on the basis of human rights instruments and other domestic legislation.
More about the position
One research fellow (Refugee History) may study the historical linkages between the UN refugee regime and the Arab Middle East. It is expected that the candidate conduct research in one or more AME states, in addition to historical archives at UN level. The research should result in three (or more) scientific, peer-reviewed journal articles in leading academic journals. In addition, the research fellow shall disseminate research findings as per the project plan.
The other research fellow (Legal Aid) may study the role of legal aid organizations in refugee protection in states of the Arab Middle East. It is expected that the candidate conduct socio-legal or legal anthropological field research in one or more AME states for a period of approximately 6 months. The research should result in three (or more) scientific, peer-reviewed journal articles in leading academic journals. In addition, the research fellow shall disseminate research findings as per the project plan.
Applicants should specify which of the above positions they are applying for. They should frame their project proposals within the overall framework of the REF-ARAB project, and be familiar with the project’s contents and objectives.
The successful candidate(s) is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. In addition to their respective research project(s), s/he will take part in group activities with the core project team, such as the seminars and workshops. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.
Qualification requirements for position in Refugee History:
- PhD or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in the Middle East, refugee studies, legal history and/or a related discipline.
Qualification requirements for position in Legal Aid:
- PhD or equivalent academic qualifications in law or other relevant social science backgrounds, such as sociology of law, sociolegal studies and legal anthropology. Experience from the Middle East and/or refugee studies is strongly desirable.
The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:
- The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the main project, and this must be clearly elaborated in the project description.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Knowledge of Arabic is strongly desirable.
- Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:
- The project’s scientific merit and research-related relevance.
- The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and contribute to REF-ARAB as a whole.
- Previous field research experience.
- Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.
- salary 524 200 – 586 500 NOK per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
- a professionally 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
The application must include
- Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position.
- Curriculum Vitae with grades listed (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities).
- List of publications.
- Project description (3 - 5 pages). The project description must present a feasible progress plan. It is expected that the applicant will be able to complete the project during the period of appointment.
- Up to five previous academic works (e.g. published journal articles and/or monographs) that the applicant wishes to be considered.
- Copies of educational certificates (PhD and MA).
- Names and contact details for at least two reference persons.
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents must be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.
Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.
No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.
According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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 University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.
The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.
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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 Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) is a multi- and crossdisciplinary department with the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. The objectives of the NCHR are to conduct research, education, dissemination, and applied activities, in the field of human rights. The Centre promotes the field of human rights as an academic discipline, and emphasises the relationship between research, education and practical application of human rights. The NCHR currently has ca. 40 employees, including an academic staff of ca. 25 people and an international department with 8 employees. The NCHR is located in bright and pleasant offices in Vika in central Oslo.