PhD Position at the Department of Language and Literature

Trondheim, Norway
23 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
01 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

PhD position at The Faculty of Humanities within the NTNU Oceans Pilot: Norway as a sea nation. Coastal communities, generations, sustainability.

1 PhD position within the inter-facultary project: Norway as a sea nation. Coastal communities, generations, sustainability. Head of Project: Professor Anne Trine Kjørholt, Norwegian Centre for Child Research, Department of Education and Lifelong learning

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim), Department of language and literature (ISL) in collaboration with Norwegian Centre for Child Research, Department of Education and Lifelong learning, offers a full-time 3-year PhD position within the project “Norway as a sea nation. Coastal communities, generations, sustainability”. The position is part of a wider collaborative effort between the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education at NTNU. Open for promising scholars from the literary disciplines, we also invite scholars from such fields as history of ideas, art history and neighboring disciplines to apply.
The PhD candidate will be supervised and work with professors Knut Ove Eliassen, and professor Anne Trine Kjørholt (both NTNU). The project staff further include one research position (50%), 2 PhD students, 2 as well as national and international partners from several disciplines and universities. The PhD candidate will thus be a part of a larger research team consisting of members from different disciplines.

Project description:
The NTNU Ocean pilot programme on Norway as a sea nation focuses on coastal communities, generations and sustainability. It aims to provide a deeper knowledge base on the dynamic and shifting interplay between generations, knowledge, identities and working life. Across three generations and five countries (Norway, Ireland, Cyprus, Faroe Island and Australia) the programme explores work, everyday life, and knowledge among children and their families, past and present. More specifically, it focuses on how informal learning and local knowledge are experienced, transmitted, shared and practiced by children and adults of diverse ethnic origins across three generations. The project asks about the continuing symbolic and practical significance of local knowledge in coastal communities in economic, demographic and/or socio-cultural transition. Norway as a sea nation includes studies of indigenous people, cultural heritage, global and national policies and representations of coast and generation in literature and art.

The announced PhD position is allocated to studies of literary representations of coast and generation (childhood, families, intergenerational relations, traditions, knowledge transfer, etc.) across genres, themes and periods and it may address one or several of the key issues of the project’s general framework. The proposal should address literature from more than one of the countries listed so that a comparative perspective is established. Moreover, comparative perspectives that engage with literary representations drawn from of other coastal nations is not per se excluded.

A full description of the NTNU Ocean Pilot project is available upon request.

For this PhD position, applicants should hold a Master’s degree with a strong academic record (B or better) equivalent in Social Sciences or Humanities/Arts.
The application and the project proposal must be written in English. Educational certificates and other documents should be in English or in a Scandinavian language.

To be accepted to a PhD-programme at NTNU, you must have:
• completed at least five years of higher education that includes a master's degree or other equivalent degree.
• a strong academic record and a weighted average for the last two years of your master's degree equivalent to a B or higher in NTNU's grading scale.

PhD study at NTNU is organized in PhD programmes. Within 3 months after appointing the successful PhD scholarship holder, he/she must apply for admission to the PhD programme in Humanities and the Arts. For further information, please see

Complete applications include:
The application is to be submitted electronically through this page marked with HF 17-021 with the following attachments:

• a brief statement of interest
• a project proposal of not more than five pages outlining how the PhD project will contribute towards the bigger project
• a full CV
• one representative publication
• the names and e-mail addresses of two references.

Applicants that are considered for the positions will be asked for references and called in for an interview. Please notice that applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Terms and benefits
The position is remunerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 435.100,- annually (2016), of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme.
The appointment will be made in accordance with regulations for fellowship appointments at universities, and with regulations concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. A contract will be drawn up detailing the period of appointment and required duties

The successful applicant's work place will be at the Department of Language and Linguistics.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labor force and to recruit persons with a diverse background. Candidates who fit the latter description are encouraged to apply.

To receive a full description of the NTNU Ocean Pilot project, please contact professor Anne Trine Kjørholt (
Any other inquiries concerning the post should also be directed to her.

Application deadline is May 1st, 2017.

About this job

  • Deadline 5/1/2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service NTNU Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 136118
  • Internal ID HF17-021
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Fixed Term

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