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The Faculty of Theology invites applications for a Ph.D. position in Ecotheology and Philosophy of Religion within the UiO:Nordic project The Ambivalence of Nordic Nature. Gift. Guilt. Grace. The project analyzes the current climate crisis from a multi-disciplinary approach, arguing that the crisis reveals an ambivalent relationship to nature within Nordic literature, philosophy and theology. A similar ambivalence has been discovered in biology and psychology, analyzing human relationships to their natural environment, torn between gift and guilt, dependence and shameless exploitation.

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The successful candidate will conduct research on the relationship between cosmology and anthropology within the part of the project entitled Crisis and Creativity: Cosmology and Anthropology Reconsidered. The ability to conduct advanced research on topical issues in contemporary and classical systematic theology is required. The candidate is also expected to draw on perspectives from adjacent fields such as biology, life sciences, philosophy, psychology and literature. For a more detailed description of the project and access to the complete project description, please contact Marius Timmann Mjaaland ( The Ph.D. Fellow will be a member of the Research Group for Systematic Theology and the Research Group for Nordic Nature.

The appointment is for a period of 3 years. All Ph.D. Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their Ph.D. position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6-month Completion Grant.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s Ph.D. program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a Ph.D. degree. The successful candidate is expected to join and be active in the research milieu at the Faculty and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is a fulltime position, starting no later than 1st February 2021. The applicant is expected to be physically based in Oslo for the duration of the appointment, except for shorter or longer research stays at another academic institution during the tenure of the fellowship, if possible. The applicant is also expected to work in close cooperation with the research team, and represent the project at relevant seminars and conferences.

Qualification requirements

  • A cand. theol. degree, MA in theology or a corresponding degree at Master’s level relevant for the project. The degree must have been obtained by the time of application.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • Emphasis will also be placed on the following in the assessment of the applicants:
  • The project’s scholarly quality, research-related relevance and potential for innovation
  • Academic and personal ability to complete the project within the given timeframe
  • Good collaboration skills and a willingness and ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities at the University of Oslo and internationally

When assessing applications, emphasis will be placed on academic and personal qualities and ability to collaborate and participate in an interdisciplinary project with participants from the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Preference will be given to candidates who have recently graduated with excellent results.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 479.600-523.200 (pay grade 54-59) per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and research interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • A project description, including progress plan (max. 5 pages)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • Documentation of proficiency in English
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, e-mail and phone number, relation to candidate)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

When evaluating the applications, emphasis will be given to the project description and the applicant’s academic and personal potential to carry out the project within the stipulated time frame. As a general rule, only relevant, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo. No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply for this position, regardless of their religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

Contact information

Professor Marius Timmann Mjaaland , phone: + 47 22850341, e-post:

Senior Adviser Rigmor Smith-Gahrsen, phone: + 47 22850311, e-post:

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About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Faculty of Theology has 350 students and a staff of 68. It is ranked internationally among the top 50 institutions in the area of theology and religious studies (36 on the QS World University Ranking, and top ranked among the Nordic Universities). The Faculty is a non-denominationa academic community. Its mission is to conduct research on theology and religion, provide research-based teaching and engage in national and international debates.

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