Doctoral Research Fellowship (Museology)

POSITION AS DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (SKO/post code 1017) within the field of museology is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo.
The successful candidate is expected to start the doctoral research fellowship before October 1st 2009. For further information about the department we refer to
The successful candidate will be working within the field of museology, enquiring into the changes in exhibition practices in art, heritage and/or museum institutions. Questions to be asked concern mutual influences between exhibition practices and principles in different types of museum institutions, and between museum practices and exhibition modes in the culture at large.

The Ph.D. project will be part of the research project Exhibitionary regimes in transition (henvisning nettside), which has a focus on crucial periods of change in exhibition practices during the last 250 years, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between science and aesthetics. It is expected that the successful candidate will investigate one or more Norwegian institutions. The interpretative scope of the proposed Ph.D project may involve art history, cultural history, history of science, and visual and material culture studies. Studies sensitive to socially differentiating effects of exhibitions practices are particularly welcome. Applicants should submit a project proposal of maximum 5 pages describing the Ph.D. project and how this relates to the research project Exhibitionary regimes in transition.
The position is available for a period of three years.
The successful candidate is expected to affiliate with the existing research milieu or network and to contribute to the further development of this.
If the applicant has worked as a doctoral research fellow previously to being hired at the Faculty of Humanities, that period of time will be deducted from the allotted 3 year period. Candidates who are accepted must participate in the Faculty of Humanities’ researcher education programme (cf. regulations and supplementary provisions for the faculty’s researcher education) and must also engage in the designated research activities on a 100 percent basis. The designated aim of the project is to complete a doctoral dissertation to be defended at a public disputation for the Ph.D. degree.
· A 5 year Master degree, or equivalent, in an area relevant to the topic of the doctoral dissertation.
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and on the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the dissertation within the given time frame. The short-listed candidates may be called for an interview at the University of Oslo.
Guidelines for appointments to research fellowships at the Faculty of Humanities may be obtained at
Associate professor Brita Brenna (IKOS) will supervise the project. It is advised to establish contact with the supervisor before applying.
The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women and immigrants in academic positions. Women and people interested in migrating to Norway are thus encouraged to apply.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.
For further information, contact:
Associate professor of Museology IKOS: Brita Brenna, e-mail:
Research director IKOS: Rune Svarverud, tel: + 47 22 85 69 82, e-mail:
Research administration IKOS: Cecilie Lilleheil, tel: + 47 22 84 40 47, e-mail:
Closing date: 20 April 2009 2009/4640
Government wage scale: 45-52 (depending on level of expertise, NOK 353 200 – NOK 398 800 per annum)
Applicants must email the following material in doc-, rtf- or pdf-format to
– Letter of application describing qualifications
– Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (maximum 5 pages, see Guidelines for project descriptions:
– A list of published and unpublished works
– Curriculum vitae with grades
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.