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University of Bergen seeks postdoctoral position of Russian studies

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    Cian Stryker

    There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral position at the Department of Foreign Languages, by plan starting 1 August 2018 or as agreed. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years.

    The Department of Foreign Languages spans nine different languages, and teaching and research are conducted in the disciplines language/linguistics, literature, cultural studies and didactics ( The Department has around 50 permanent academic staff members, along with four post-docs, around twenty PhD candidates and eleven administrative members of staff.

    The position is affiliated with the ongoing research project Cultural Policies and Practices in Contemporary Russia directed by Professor Ingunn Lunde. The project seeks to bring together the fields of literary studies and linguistics with approaches from literary sociology and anthropology in the investigation of cultural policies and cultural practices – and their dynamic yet complex interrelationship – in Russia since the turn of the century. It aims to determine how cultural practices are shaped by, and shape, state-defined cultural priorities and policies, to map the broader development of art and politics in post-Soviet Russia, to identify and describe the particular discourses and modes of communication that are used by artists, in particular by writers, in responding to cultural policies (and to political questions in general) and to explore the artist’s/writer’s position between social, political and aesthetical commitment. Project proposals may pertain to a relevant empirical field (e.g. the cultural/literary/artistic response to history politics or language policy) and/or to a central theoretical issue (e.g. literature between politics and aesthetics; artistic, ‘performative’ practices as political statements).

    Qualifications and personal qualities
    · The position as Post-doctoral Research Fellow requires a Norwegian doctoral degree in Russian Linguistics, Literature or Cultural Studies or another relevant field, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree. The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation within the closing date of the application and it is a condition of appointment that PhD has been awarded.
    · Native or near-native proficiency in Russian is a requirement, as well as academic proficiency in English.
    · 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.
    · He or she will also be expected to contribute towards long-term, strategic research goals within Russian studies at the Department of Foreign Languages.

    In the assessment, the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works and the project proposal. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience from popularization/dissemination of research.

    The successful candidate must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills.
    In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s professional eligibility will also weigh in.

    About postdoctoral positions
    Postdoctoral fellowships are fixed term positions and the main goals of the positions are to qualify the successful candidate for professional top positions. The duration of the postdoctoral position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results and administration.

    Applicants shall put forward a proposal for a project for qualifying work. The proposal shall include a progress plan. It is a premise that the selected candidate will complete the project within the stipulated period of employment.

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

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

    We offer
    · A good and professionally challenging working environment.
    · Salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1352/Pay range 24) in the state salary scale, currently approx. NOK 490.500 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.
    · Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
    · A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
    · Good welfare benefits.

    How to apply
    Applications must be sent electronically via the link on this site: “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. The applicant must use the electronic CV-form, and the application must include:

    · A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
    · The names and contact information for two referees. One of these must be the main advisor for the PhD-thesis.
    · CV.
    · Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and diploma for the PhD or documentation showing that the thesis has been submitted for assessment.
    · A short summary of the PhD-thesis (up to 3 pages).
    · Relevant certificates/references.
    · A summary of the proposed project (up to 5 pages, excluding the bibliography).
    · A progress plan for the proposed project.
    · Bibliography for the proposed project.
    · A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
    · Any publications in your name.
    The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Attachments can be either in Word of pdf-format.

    General information
    Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting the leader of the project, Professor Ingunn Lunde on email or telephone (+47) 55 58 20 17, Coordinator of Research Randi Koppen on email or telephone (+47) 55 58 23 68 or Research Advisor Jan A. Johansen on email or telephone (+47) 55 58 93 78.

    The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

    Further information about the appointment process here.

    Questions or inquiries about the electronic application process can be directed to:

    Application deadline: 30 April 2018

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