PhD position at the Faculty of Humanities

Trondheim, Norway
28 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Sep 2019
HF 19-028
Contract Type
Full Time

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About the position

The Faculty of Humanities at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology invites applications for up to five PhD-positions. The employment will be for a period of three years without required duties or up to four years with 25 per cent set aside for such duties, depending on the Department’s needs.

One of the positions will be designated for the PhD-programme in Artistic Research. The applications will be assessed jointly. Applications are welcomed from all areas of the Faculty of Humanities.

Main duties and responsibilities

The successful applicants must complete their PhD studies within the period of employment. The Faculty of Humanities hosts five PhD-programmes aimed towards the scientific PhD-degree: Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Humanities and the Arts, Language and Linguistics, Historical and Cultural Studies and Audiovisual Media (joint degree with Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences). The Faculty is also host faculty for the interfacultary PhD-programme in Artistic Research which leads to the degree of PhD in artistic research. Applications directed towards this programme must describe their connection to one of the Faculty’s artistic research groups. The programme description for the PhD-programmes details which disciplines are included in the different programmes: Applicants should not fill out an application to the programme.

Qualification requirements

  • Master degree with a weighted average grade of B or higher in terms of NTNU’s grading scale for the last two years of their master’s, in accordance with Section 6.1 in NTNU’s PHD-regulations. For the PhD in artistic research equivalent competence in the creative or performing arts may also be considered.
  • Strong academic and/or artistic background

The applicant must account for how the project can be related to established research groups at the Faculty. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the research groups early in the process. An intended supervisor from this research group must be named in the application. Supervisors must satisfy the requirements for supervising at the PhD-level. Applications that do not include a main supervisor from one of the Faculty’s departments will not be assessed.

Completion time of the master’s degree will be taken into account. Strategic considerations will also be an important part of the selection process.

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in [subject area] or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

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

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally 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.

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

Work place will be at one of the Faculty’s departments, and the person employed must be present at and available to the institution during working hours.

General information

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 contain information about the applicant’s background and motivation to complete a PhD-project, including language abilities. The application and project description must be in a Scandinavian language or English. The following attachments must be included:

  • Description of the doctoral project project to be carried out during the employment period of up to 10 pages, in accordance with the template at
  • Certificates, including grade transcripts (originals may be requested in the case of an interview)
  • Applicants within artistic research may also enclose up to five relevant examples of their artistic work

The applicant must document a high scientific or artistic potential through the project description. The project description is a key element in evaluating the applicants. It is also highly important that the project is feasible within the nominal length of study, which is three years full time, with ½ year set aside for the coursework component.

The successful applicant commits to completing a PhD within the period of employment and the available resources. The applicant must therefore show that they will have access to the necessary equipment and infrastructure to complete the project. PhD research fellows at the Faculty of Humanities will receive up to NOK 150 000, - in working capital (driftsmidler) to complete the project.

Applications that are not sent electronically through the Jobbnorge portal, will not be assessed. Applicants invited for an interview will be asked for references and should bring confirmed copies or originals of transcripts and certificates.

Please contact adviser Gro Lurås (+47 73 59 66 89 or email for questions about the positions. For academic questions, contact the head of the PhD-programme or the relevant department. For more information, see the PhD-programme’s web site.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number HF 19-028 when applying.

Application deadline: September 15th, 2019

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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.