PhD Position in the History of Aquaculture at the Department of Historical Studies

Trondheim, Norway
13 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Aug 2018
HF 18-006
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Humanities at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim) offers a full-time 3-year PhD position at the Department of Historical Studies. The PhD position is connected to the strategic research area Oceans, through the pilot programme Responsible Ocean Research and Innovation (HAVANSVAR). The PhD candidate will here be part of a substantial network of interdisciplinary scholarship addressing ethical, cultural, communicative, narrative and historical dimensions of the marine environment. Further information can be found at:

Within this framework, the PhD position will especially contribute to the Aqua/Cultures working group by investigating the historical development of the arrangements and mechanisms by which humans have produced knowledge about marine beings and environments and how representations of such knowledge have shaped particular ways of understanding and living with marine beings and oceans.

Thomas Brandt (Associate professor, Department of Historical Studies) and Terje Finstad (Researcher, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture) will supervise the candidate. The proposed PhD project should employ a historical perspective on the development of aquaculture, preferably challenging established understandings of aquaculture as a purely industrial, technological or economic matter. We also emphasise that aquaculture here is to be understood to encompass more than fish farming. We welcome project proposals on historical investigation of marine aquaculture broadly conceived and on any geographical area, yet the temporal framework should be contained within the period 1700-2000.

The applicant must have a master’s degree (or equivalent) in history or a related discipline that provide experience with historical scholarship. A strong academic record is required, specified as a weighted average grade of at least B for the two last years of the MA degree programme, in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. We will rank qualified applicants based on the quality, originality and potential of the proposed project, its relevance for the overarching project and its feasibility. The candidate should include a 5-page project proposal outlining possible topics and background for the project as well as thoughts on its overall contributions and relevance. We will invite promising candidates to an interview for the position. The purpose of the interview is to assess the candidates’ motivation, ambitions and personal suitability for the position.

The successful applicant must participate in and complete the PhD programme in Historical and Cultural Studies at The Faculty of Humanities within the period of the appointment. For more information about the PhD programme, please visit:

The application must be submitted electronically through The application should include the reference number (HF 18-006) and the following attachments (preferably gathered in a single document):

  • A research proposal. Maximum 5 pages.
  • A letter of motivation. Maximum 2 pages.
  • Scanned copies of certificates (originals must be produced at the interview)
  • A list of publications (if any)

Applicants invited to an interview will be asked for references.

The position, starting in late 2018, is remunerated according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 436 900,- annually, of which 2 per cent is deducted for the State Pension scheme.

The appointment will be made in accordance with the current regulations for fellowship appointments at universities and the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

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.

For more information, please contact: 
Associate Professor Thomas Brandt, email or researcher Terje Finstad, email 

Questions about the application process can be directed to advisor Hege Kissten, email:  

The application deadline is August 5th, 2018.

Please note: Applications that are not sent through and/or are sent after the application deadline will not be considered.


  • Deadline Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 153894
  • Internal ID 2018/13418
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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