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Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Social Anthropology

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    UiT The Arctic University of Norway
    Established Researcher (R3)
    04/11/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Tromsø


The position

A Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Anthropology, fixed-term for a period of three years, is available in the Department of Social Sciences at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. The position is affiliated with the Arctic Silk Road Project funded by the Research Council of Norway (https://en.uit.no/project/arcticsilkroad).

The position of Postdoctoral Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of 3 years. The Post-doctoral Research Fellowship aims to qualify the researcher for work in senior academic positions. A candidate may not be appointed to more than one fixed term position as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

For further information about the position (and the project), please contact Head of Department, Professor Anne Britt Flemmen, tel.: +4777644339, e-mail: anne.britt.flemmen@uit.no or Associate professor Natalia Magnani, tel.: +4740562306, e-mail: natalia.magnani@uit.no

You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within a reasonable time, within 6 months after receiving the offer.


The Department of Social Science is part of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education and has approximately 65 faculty and PhD positions in the fields of sociology, political science, community planning, social anthropology and visual cultural studies. The department is served by seven administrative positions.

The project/position's field of research

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow interested in long-term perspectives (e.g., historical, ethnographic, archaeological) on the contemporary social and material lives of infrastructures. More broadly, this concerns intersections between materiality, infrastructure, and social change, whether in the Arctic or a comparable case anywhere in the world. Use of digital and/or community-based methodologies to answer these questions is especially welcome. In addition, the fellow will be involved in one of the activities of the Arctic Silk Road Project most relevant to their experience. They will design their postdoc project in dialogue with the project leader.

Research group

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will join the Arctic Silk Road research project group, which follows the social and material lives of global infrastructures across time and space. "The Arctic Silk Road" refers to infrastructure plans that would facilitate the flow of goods between northeast China and markets in Europe through a northern sea route and melting sea ice. It features plans for an Arctic railway traversing the transnational Indigenous Sámi homeland (Sápmi) from Rovaniemi in Finland to the major shipping port of Kirkenes in Norway, and the build up of Arctic sea port and railway infrastructure along the Russian coast. International preparations have fostered local uncertainty and collective mobilization against the plans through art and new alliances along the envisioned routes. This is weaving new relations between Sámi communities practicing subsistence and duodji lifeways, residents of precarious northern industrial centers, state governments, and international organizations. At the same time, it has raised memories of past industrial developments to bear on the present moment - the effects of state incursions on self-sufficiency and local production.

Through a material lens, the project 1) compares competing visions of the Arctic Silk Road along its anticipated routes, and 2) investigates how infrastructures in these regions have shaped social and territorial relations through time. Through collaboration with local communities, artisans, and museum curators, project findings will contribute to ongoing discussion of infrastructural impacts and self-determination in Sápmi.

Project members include partners at Giellagas Institute (Oulu University), Sámi Allaskuvla, and affiliated researchers at the University of Cambridge, Sámi Museum Siida (Inari), Harvard University, and local Sámi organizations.



To be awarded the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow, a Norwegian doctorate degree (e.g. PhD) in Social Science is required, or a corresponding international doctorate degree which is recognised as being equal to the Norwegian doctorate degree.

If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for evaluation within the application deadline. You should have defended before the preferred start-up date.

It is a prerequisite that the applicant will be able to complete the project within the period of employment.

The successful applicant should be proficient in written and spoken English.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidates potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

We offer

  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

If you recieve a personal overseas research grant from NFR it is possible to apply NFR for an extension of the fellowship period corresponding to the length of the stay abroad (minimum three months, maximum 12 months).


The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

  • Application letter (approx. 2 pages, including research experience and proposed project)
  • CV including academic production
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • Academic works, up to ten.

The documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Working conditions

The working hours are reserved for research, research-related activities, some teaching and research administration.

The successful candidate will be required to assist with the Arctic Silk Road Project according to their personal experience and strengths, (up to) 15%.

The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

The successful candidate must be willing to engage him/herself in the ongoing development of their discipline and the university as a whole, and must have her/his daily workplace at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, campus Tromsø.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants

The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway
N-9037 Tromsø, Norway

EURAXESS offer ID: 565590


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