PhD Fellowship: Biopolitics in the Middle East, University of Oslo

University of Oslo

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. The fellowship is part of the RCN-funded project “The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East” (project no 283375) led by Asst. Prof. Einar Wigen

“The Lifetimes of Epidemics in Europe and the Middle East” (EPIDEMICS) sets out to analyse and understand the different temporalities of epidemics – how social, scientific and political preconditions for preventing and handling epidemics change, and how these temporalities are challenged by the temporalities of pathogens and disease. The regional emphasis in the project is on Europe and the Middle East.

The position announced is for a PhD candidate with a doctoral project that inquires into biopolitics in the Middle East, with a special focus on the temporalities involved. This includes, but is not limited to, the interfaces between scientific knowledge, political philosophy, and political practice, as well as networks translating and transmitting such knowledge. The successful applicant will have a language-based regional expertise on one or more Middle Eastern contexts. Historical projects using Ottoman sources may be given preference. Moreover, training in medical humanities, cultural history, STS (Science and Technology Studies), history of science, historical International Relations, or related methods of inquiry will be considered an advantage.

The EPIDEMICS project is part of the overall LIFETIMES group, and PhD applicants must frame their project proposals within the overall framework of LIFETIMES, found at our website.

Read more about EPIDEMICS here.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty’s organised research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor 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.

Qualification requirements

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in Middle Eastern studies, medical humanities, cultural history, STS (Science and Technology Studies), history of science, historical International Relations or relevant fields. The Master’s degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • Ability to use sources and conduct research in either Turkish, Ottoman, Arabic, or Persian, as appropriate for the doctoral project.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant’s ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
  • Historical projects using Ottoman sources may be given preference

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference. The committee will also consider the overall composition of the project group when evaluating applicants.

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The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 – 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job.”

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Deadline: 1 February 2019
For more information and application, see here.

Posted: January 03, 2019