Offre d’emploi – Postdoctoral fellowship (University of Bergen)

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral position at the Departmend of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies (LLE) by plan starting 1 August 2020 or as agreed. The position is for a fixed-term period of 2 years and 3 months.

The Department of linguistic, literary and aesthetic studies comprises about 80 faculty, 15 administrative staff, 30 PhD students and 10 postdoctoral fellows. Its disciplines are Art history, Comparative Literature, Classics, Digital Culture, Linguistics, Nordic Languages and Literature, Norwegian as a Second Language, Old Norse, and Theatre Studies.

The position is associated with the project “Transformations of Medieval Law: Innovation and Application in Early Modern Norwegian Law Books” (financed by Trond Mohn Foundation and the University of Bergen).

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About the postdoctoral project/work tasks

The overall project “Transformations of Medieval Law” investigates the transformations of the Norwegian Law-Code of 1274, the Landslov. The postdoctoral project must investigate the amendments to the Landslov and address the following question:

How and why was the Landslov transformed from a medieval law to reflect the needs of an Early Modern society, and how is this reflected in the manuscripts?

Furthermore, two subquestions should be taken into account when developing the postdoctoral project proposal:

What parts of the law were amended and why?
To what degree and in which ways were amendments incorporated into manuscripts?

The methodological approach should be based in material philology.

The postdoctoral position should also contribute to the project’s overall development. The holder of the fellowship will be expected to check some manuscript transcriptions, contribute towards a database of manuscripts of interest the project, assist in organizing conferences, and engage with public outreach and social media as part of the project. The applicant should be willing to learn some Norwegian if they have no prior experience of a modern Scandinavian language. Applicants ought to contact for a copy of the project description

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree relevant to the project (e.g., Old Norse, Law, or History). The doctoral thesis must have been submitted for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of appointment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • The applicant must provide a project proposal with a progress plan for the project’s main activities, and a plan for publishing results in recognized international channels.
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.
  • Familiarity with codicology and palaeography is essential. Knowledge of Old Norse would be a large advantage
  • Good command of written and spoken English and Norwegian are required.
  • Knowledge of Latin would be an advantage, as would previous experience with legal studies or medieval/Early Modern Norwegian law.

In the assessment, the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and relevant experience, and to the project proposal.

In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s personal suitability will also weigh in.
About the postdoctoral positions

Postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the successful candidate for professional top positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 2 years and 3 months.

The successful applicant shall prepare a plan for qualifying for top academic positions in cooperation with the Head of Department. The applicants must submit a proposal for this qualification plan. For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work will take place in consultation with the project manager/supervisor.

It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

The postdoctoral position demands that the applicant has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen, and comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Candidates cannot be employed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one fixed term period at the same institution.

We offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary in accordance with pay grade 60 (Code 1352/Pay range 24) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 531 900 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A compulsory 2 % contribution will be deducted from the gross salary.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA) enterprise.
  • Good welfare benefits.

Source : JOB.norge

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