Postdoc Position in Danish History

Trondheim, Norway
30 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2017
HF 17-044
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Language and Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology invites applications from qualified individuals for a 2-year postdoc position within the project “Conservatism at the Crossroads: Conservative thought and the renewal of democratic politics in Britain and Scandinavia, 1930-1963”, beginning in August 2018

The project examines the historical and contemporary significance of external thinking on British and Scandinavian Conservative parties in the period 1930-1963. It combines comparative and transnational approaches to throw new light on the development of intellectual cultures of Conservatism in these countries. In doing so, it re-evaluates Conservative responses to the challenges of the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the rise of Labour or social democratic politics in this period.

The postdoc will contribute towards the main project by analysing the development of Conservative ideas and politics in Denmark from comparative and transnational perspectives. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the postdoc will work closely with Associate Professor Gary Love at NTNU ( The postdoc will also work as part of a research team of four historians, which includes Professor Torbjörn Nilsson (Södertörn University, Sweden).

The Department of Language and Literature is part of the Faculty of Humanities, situated at NTNU’s Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. The Department has more than 80 permanent academic staff and approximately 25 PhD candidates who teach and conduct research in areas such as Comparative Literature, Applied Linguistics, English, French, German, Scandinavian languages and literature, General Linguistics, Sign Language and Interpretation Phonetics, and Cultural History. The Department of Language and Literature offers studies on all levels from BA to PhD, and we are responsible for the MA in Language Studies with Teacher Education. The department has a vital research environment and is responsible for several large-scale research projects. Further information concerning the academic profile of the department, management and staff can be found at

Main Tasks

The successful applicant will

  • research and write two journal articles relating to the main themes of the research project, and make one written contribution to the project’s edited volume or special issue of an academic journal in English
  • participate in the research project’s workshops and conferences
  • contribute to the project’s wider research dissemination activities


The successful applicant must

  • hold a PhD in history or a related field
  • have previous knowledge of Danish and/ or Scandinavian political history
  • be able to read the Danish language at a high academic level
  • possess strong written and oral skills in the English language

In making the appointment, emphasis will be placed on candidates with active research portfolios.

Terms of appointment

The person appointed will be required to abide by the regulations that govern changes and developments within the discipline, and to follow the requirements of all organizational changes that decisions relating to the university's activities may involve.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.

The position of postdoc is remunerated according to salary level 57 in the national salary scheme, gross 490.900 NOK – per year. Two percent of the gross salary is deducted and paid into the State Pension scheme

It is policy within the state sector that employees should come from backgrounds that reflect as fully as possible the diversity of the population at large. The state has accordingly set the goal of a workforce whose composition reflects that of the population at large with regard to age and gender. It has also set itself the goal of recruiting employees with an immigrant background, and such individuals are encouraged to apply for this post.

You may request to have your name withheld from public access. If you wish to do so, you must explain why your application should be treated as confidential. If you request that your name be withheld from public access, your request will be considered in relation to the Open File Act § 25. If your request to have your name kept from public access is denied, you will be so informed and you will be given the opportunity to withdraw your application.

How to Apply?

The application must be sent electronically through the website Jobbnorge (, and be marked with the file number for the position (HF 17-044). Please note: Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration.

The application must contain information about education, exams and previous employment. The application must further include:

  • a one page cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the position
  • a research proposal of maximum 5 pages
  • CV
  • a list of all relevant publications
  • certified copies of certificates and testimonials

Applicants that are considered for the postition will be asked for references and invited to an interview.

The application deadline is 20.11.2017

For further information

To receive a full description of the research project, please contact Associate Professor Gary Love (email: Questions about the application process can be directed to HR advisor Åse Marit Skarholt (email:

About this job

  • Deadline Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service NTNU Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 141579
  • Internal ID HF 17-044
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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