Fakultet for lærerutdanning og internasjonale studier (LUI), Institutt for internasjonale studier og tolkeutdanning (IST)

OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and over 2000 employees. We conduct research in areas that are important for welfare and value creation, for instance health, education, social sciences, technology and design. OsloMet has an academic stimulating environment with a variety of welfare schemes. 

The Faculty of Education and International Studies offers teacher education in a lifelong learning perspective qualifying for work in kindergartens, primary schools, lower and upper secondary schools. The faculty also offers programmes within multicultural understanding, interpretation and development studies.

The institute shall be a leading center of expertise on diversity, communication, development and education.

Do you want to research knowledge related to extremism and radicalisation online? 

There is a vacancy for a three-year full-time position as a PhD Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) in extremism and radicalisation online with appointment and start-up on 1 September 2019. The successful applicant will have their workplace at the Department of International Studies and Interpreting on Pilestredet campus. 

The department is looking for empirical projects that contribute to the development of knowledge in the field covered by the research project DARE-Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality:

Relevant information about the research project 

We are looking for a research fellow who, through empirical research on social media, can contribute to knowledge of:

  • trends in radicalisation among extreme Islamists and/or right-wing extremists with a particular focus on women in Europe.
  • hate rhetoric in extreme right-wing and extreme Islamic environments in Europe.
  • the role of hate rhetoric in extreme milieus
  • the importance of religion and ideology in radicalisation.

The question the research fellow must elucidate through analyses of empirical data is:

  • Which role does social media play in young women’s radicalisation processes? 

The successful applicant will participate in the research group PROFEKS, which the project is linked to. Read more about PROFEKS here

Read more about the faculty and the department here.

Read more about our research groups here

Applicants must write a project description for a PhD project which must include a description of the research question, relevance, theoretical and methodological approaches, and a progress schedule for the research fellowship period, including any stays abroad. During the work of writing the project description, you are encouraged to contact the contact persons listed for more information. 

Appointment to a research fellowship is conditional on admission to the PhD programme in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education at the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) at OsloMet. Read more here. Applications for admission must be approved and an agreement entered into no later than three months after the research fellow takes up the position. Relevant candidates will be informed about the application process and deadlines. The person(s) appointed is expected to complete the programme within the nominal length of study. 

Qualification requirements: 

  • a completed master's degree/second degree (hovedfag) (corresponding to 120 credits) with a letter grade of B or better and an academic background in studies of online communities and/or studies of radicalisation and extremism. Applicants with grade C may get admission if it is proved that the candidate is particularly suitable for a PhD degree. Applicants without a letter grade from a previous degree must be able to document an equivalent academic background.
  • good written and oral presentation skills in English, and good knowledge of one or more of the following languages: Arabic, Turkish, French, Dutch, and German. 

In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

  • the scientific quality of the project description, including originality and potential
  • whether the project can be completed within the nominal length of study
  • the relevance for the project which the position is affiliated to (cf. description above).
  • education
  • ability to work independently, methodically and purposefully
  • motivation for the position
  • personal qualities, including implementation capacity 

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. 

Application process
Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The following documents must be uploaded by the application deadline:

  • an application letter with information containing the applicant's background and motivation
  • a schedule for completion, including any stays abroad
  • a project description of no more than 10 pages plus a reference list
  • CV
  • copies of diplomas and references, all pages certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades must include the ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance, and a certified copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • master's degree/second degree thesis
  • list of publications, if relevant
  • any scholarly work that the applicant wishes the expert committee to take into consideration 

The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language, and any translations must be government authorised. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview, and OsloMet checks documents in order to give candidates proper and fair evaluation. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered or assessed. Before the application documents are forwarded to the expert committee, all the applications will be reviewed by the faculty. Applications from non-qualified applicants will not be forwarded for assessment. 

We offer:

  • the opportunity to specialise in an exciting academic field with an important social mission
  • the opportunity to become a part of an international academic and research environment with a high level of expertise
  • a developing workplace
  • an active and inclusive workplace with a wide range of sports and cultural activities available
  • good welfare arrangements
  • good pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 

Further information:

For more information about the project, please contact:

  • Professor Anne Birgitta Nilsen, tlf.: +47 67 23 72 27, e-post anne.birgitta.nilsen@oslomet.no

If you have any questions about admission to the PhD programme, please contact:

  • Senior Adviser Brynhild Simonsen, tel. (+47) 67 23 71 38, email brysi@oslomet.no

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees, position code 1017, with an annual salary of NOK 436,900–466,500. A statutory contribution of 2 per cent to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the salary.

Research fellows at LUI are currently awarded operating funds in the amount of NOK 25,000 to fund their PhD project (annually for three years). In addition, research fellows can get funding for certain activities from the relevant research group.

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, you can be included on the public list of applicants even if you have asked that your application be treated confidentially. In such case, you will be notified before the information is made public. OsloMet uses an electronic recruitment system. If you wish to apply for the position, please register your application and CV by clicking the button.

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment September 1st 2019
Salary annual salary of NOK 436,900–466,500
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/12254
Published 19.Dec.2018
Last application date 30.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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