PhD in Old Norse/Norwegian Language History

Trondheim, Norway
09 May 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Language and Literature at NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology invites applications from qualified individuals for a 3-year PhD position in Old Norse/Norwegian language history.

The Department

The Department of Language and Literature is part of the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU’s Dragvoll campus in Trondheim. The Department has more than 90 permanent academic staff and about 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, Phonetics, and Cultural History. The department offers studies on all levels from BA to PhD and is responsible for the MA in Language Studies with Teacher Education. The department has a lively research environment, with several research groups and labs. Information about the academic profile of the department, management, and staff can be found at

The position

The current position is affiliated with the scholarly environment for Scandinavian linguistics at the department and Associate Professor Ivar Berg ( ). The successful candidate will develop his/her own project within the field of Old Norse or the subsequent development of the Norwegian language. In order to profit from the strong research environment for theoretical linguistics at the department, a project concerning the historical development of the grammatical system of Norwegian will be most suitable, albeit other (ideas for) projects within the broader scope of the position will also be considered. Comparative perspectives are possible, but Norwegian language history must be a central part of the project. The successful candidate is expected to prepare an empirical material for his/her own project from existing Norwegian sources.


  • MA degree relevant to historical and Norwegian linguistics (i.e. Scandinavian linguistics or another language specialisation with documented knowledge of Norwegian or Old Norse), with a strong academic record. This includes a weighted average grade of B or higher in terms of NTNU’s grading scale for the last two years of the master’s or equivalent education.
  • Good knowledge of Old Norse or Modern Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language), preferably both.
  • Candidates with their MA in Scandinavian linguistics and specialisation in Old Norse/Middle Norwegian will be given preference.
  • Personal qualities such as independence, creativity, and ability to cooperate are important.

Employment in a PhD position requires that the candidate apply for admission to the PhD programme in linguistics at NTNU (see  for more information) within three months after taking up the position. NTNU is a member of the Norwegian Graduate Researcher School in Linguistics and Philology (LingPhil), which offers various PhD courses open to all members (see l for more information).


The application must be marked with HF 18-027 and submitted electronically through this website. The application must include:

  • A letter of application outlining your motivation for the position.
  • A 5-page project proposal containing an outline of a research project or an idea for a project to be developed further after selection.
  • A CV including information about education, previous employment, language skills, and (eventually) publications.
  • The names and addresses of two referees.
  • Certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Applicants who are considered for the position may be asked for references and will be called in for an interview. Applications that are not sent through Jobbnorge and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be considered.

Terms of appointment

The PhD position is placed within code 1017 of the State salary regulations and is renumerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 436 900 per year. Two percent of the gross salary is deducted and paid into the State Pension scheme. Preferred starting date is 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible. Workplace is NTNU Dragvoll, Trondheim.

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.

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

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.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Ivar Berg ( ). Questions about the application process can be directed to HR Advisor Hege Tverå Nilsson ( ).

The application deadline is 1 July 2018.

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service NTNU Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 152769
  • Internal ID HF18-027
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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