Faculty of Social Sciences

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business.

The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

At the newly established Diversity Studies Centre Oslo (DISCO), at the Department of International Studies and Interpreting, at Faculty of Teacher Education and International Studies, at Oslo Metropolitan University, there is a vacancy for a fully funded three-year postdoctoral research fellowship position with a starting date between August and October 2021.


The research focus

Applicants must provide a detailed proposal for research to be carried out in the fellowship period. The proposal must be between 4 and 6 pages long and must include a plan for publications. DISCO is looking for a postdoctoral fellow who will work closely with the researchers in the core group of the centre and it is strongly recommended that applicants pay close attention to both the organization and the main research themes of DISCO as set out on the webpage. Please see https://www.oslomet.no/en/disco, and contact Professor Torkel Brekke for more information.


Although diversity is understood broadly in DISCO, we expect research proposals to be specific in the operationalization of the concept in empirical research. We are seeking a candidate who will work empirically, which means that we will not consider candidates whose research focus is primarily on normative perspectives, such as political and moral philosophy. Moreover, we will not consider applicants who are chiefly concerned with diversity policies in business organizations. The methods to be used can be qualitative and/or quantitative and may range from historical work and ethnographic fieldwork to big data and machine learning. However, the proposal must show that the research design is feasible.


While we are open to a research proposal that has its empirical focus in any part of the world, we prefer candidates who can show that the suggested research is of relevance to questions of diversity in Norway. Comparative projects are welcome.  


Tasks and responsibilities:

The aim of a postdoctoral fellowship is for the candidate to work towards further academic qualification. Therefore, the main duty of the postdoctoral fellow is to produce and publish research in academic publications. 70% of the fellow’s time will be spent pursuing basic research of high relevance to DISCO as explained above. The postdoctoral fellow will spend 30% of his/her time on tasks related to the organization and administration of DISCO. These tasks may include organizing national and international conferences and seminars, keeping the webpages of the centre up to date, plan outreach events to the public, and other tasks.


Required qualifications:

  • a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline in the social sciences or humanities


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

  • reserch skills and experience as demonstrated in a strong Ph.D. and other publications where relevant
  • the quality of the postdoctoral research proposal, including originality and potential
  • the feasibility of the proposed project within the fellowship period
  • the relevance of the research proposal to the overall research focus of DISCO
  • attached scientific publications
  • other relevant publications
  • administrative and organizational experience and skills
  • technical skills and experience that will strengthen DISCO’s communication with the world through our website and through traditional and social media
  • interpersonal qualities that can contribute positively to the working environment in DISCO
  • ability to communicate well in English, both verbally and in written form


Desired qualifications:

  • motivation and potential in the field of research
  • personal qualities that, among other things, show perseverance and the ability to complete tasks
  • the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, as well as the ability to be innovative and creative
  • the ability to work systematically and under pressure


General criteria for appointments to academic posts are found in the Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts.

Oslo Metropolitan University strives to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the population of the region. We work continuously to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace, and to adapt the workplace if required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, also those who have experienced periods without work, education or training.


Application process:

The following documents must be uploaded before the deadline:

  • application letter
  • CV
  • research proposal
  • all pages of certificates and diplomas
  • complete list of publications
  • three publications that are representative of the applicant’s research focus
  • two references with contact information


You must upload all the documents for your application to be processed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All translations must be authorised. Original documents must be presented if you are invited for an interview. Oslo Metropolitan University checks all documentation to ensure that all candidates are given proper evaluation and to ensure fair competition. If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact krima@oslomet.no


Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. All applications will be reviewed by the faculty before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee. Applications from applicants who are not qualified, will not be forwarded for assessment.


We offer: 

  • a unique opportunity in a young and dynamic research centre
  • opportunities for professional development
  • time for profession-oriented research and development
  • good pension benefits under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
  • good welfare benefits


Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway



The position is remunerated in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for the Civil Service and OsloMets salary policy 1352 Postdoc. The salary is NOK 523.200 – 682 200 per year, depending on level of competence / length of service.


Further information:

For further information about the position, please contact:

  • Head of DISCO, professor Torkel Brekke, mobile: +4798829809, e-mail: torkelbr@oslomet.no
  • Head of department Hilde Arntsen, e-mail: Hilde.Arntsen@oslomet.no


If you wish to apply for the position, please do so via our application portal.


Ref.: 21/02867


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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.08.2021
Salary NOK 523.200 – 682 200 per year
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 21/02867
  • Torkel Brekke, torkelbr@oslomet.no
  • Hilde Arntsen, Hilde.Arntsen@oslomet.no
Published 26.Mar.2021
Last application date 05.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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