PhD Fellowship in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at The Faculty of Theology

Oslo, Norway
07 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2019
Det teologiske fakultet, Universitetet i Oslo
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

Applications are invited for a PhD position in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion within the UIO: Life Science project Debating the Dead Donor Rule [3DR]. In this convergence environment, scholars from the Faculty of Theology will cooperate closely with scientists doing clinical, medical, and biological research on organ donation. The project aims at increasing availability and function of donor organs for transplantation and creating societal awareness and debate on ethical issues using Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD). We have identified two key research questions for this subproject:

  1.  How is the Dead Donor Rule (DDR) and thus the limit between life and death affected by controlled Donation by Circulatory Death (cDCD) of hearts and lungs?
  2. What are the ethical, biological, and political consequences of introducing cDCD in Norway and which principles and criteria ought to be observed, in particular regarding donation of the heart?

The successful candidate will have provided a research proposal corresponding to the detailed description of 3DR, attainable upon request from Prof. Marius T. Mjaaland ( The researcher will be a member of the research group for Systematic Theology.

More about the position

The appointment is for a period of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12- or 6-month Completion Grant.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

A research stay abroad during the employment period is expected, but relative to funding available.


  • A cand.theol. degree, a Master’s degree from one of the study programs at the Faculty of Theology, or a corresponding type of degree or education. The degree must have been obtained by the time of application.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • Ability to cooperate and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Emphasis will also be placed on the following in the assessment of the applicants:
    • The quality of the project description
    • Academic and personal ability to complete the project within the given timeframe

We offer

  • Salary NOK 479.600-513.600 per annum, depending on qualifications
  • Professional development in a stimulating academic 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

  • cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • a project description, including progress plan and any plans for a stay abroad (max. 5 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications and academic works
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

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).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship 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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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.

Contact information

Professor: Marius Mjaaland, phone: +47 22850341, email:

Senior Adviser: Rigmor Smith-Gahrsen, phone: +47 22850311

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 Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo has a total of 68 staff and ca.350 students. The faculty conducts research in the fields of biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, practical theology, diaconal and interreligious studies and offers programmes for the theological education for clerical ministry as well as a number of other academic study programmes within the field of religion.

Employer: University of Oslo
Municipality: Oslo
Scope: Fulltime
Duration: Temporary
Place of service: Det teologiske fakultet, Universitetet i Oslo