Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap (SAM), Institutt for arkiv-, bibliotek- og informasjonsfag

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.

The Department has around 600 students and 40 employees and is located at the OsloMet Pilestredet Campus in Oslo. Multiple programs are offered through the department, including Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor’s program in Archivistics and Records Management.

About the position

The Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science currently has available one PhD Fellow position affiliated with the PhD program in Library and Information Science, which currently has around 20 research fellows.


For this position, PhD fellow applicants can choose a topic related to one of the department’s three research groups:

  • Information and society (INFOSAM): The group studies professions in the field of information science, such as archiving and librarianship, and their roles in society, and information use in general in both work life and leisure time. The group currently has a large research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council about libraries, archives and museums as public sphere institutions.
  • Mediation of Culture and Literature (LITKULT): The group looks at how texts and other cultural expressions are constructed, gathered, and disseminated, and how they contribute towards individual and social development and understanding.
  • Information systems based on metadata (METAINFO): The group investigates how to improve people’s access to digital information.

The department is a member of the international iSchools network, which means that the study programs and research should focus on the relationship between people, information and technology. It is a prerequisite that the PhD project should do the same.

Applicants must prepare a PhD project with research questions and methods for data collection and data analysis.

The duration of the PhD fellowship is three years.

Qualifications and requirements

Required qualifications:

  • Education at Master's degree level in a relevant field
  • Ability to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and be goal oriented
  • Passion for the subject area

Desired background:

  • Relevant research experience
  • Experience in publishing academic works and participation in international seminars/conferences


  • The PhD position requires admission to the PhD Programme
  • A final plan for the PhD scholarship shall be approved and made contractual no later than 3 months after commencement of the fellowship.

When assessing applicants, the project description and the project’s relevance to the PhD program’s research area will be emphasized. The proposal must indicate that the project will realistically lead to a doctoral degree within the three-year period.

The proposal should consist of a maximum of 10 pages and include the following elements:

  • Research questions, theory and method
  • Relevant knowledge within the research area
  • Schedule for the educational and research plan

We offer:

  • The opportunity for academic support and development in a large and comprehensive educational and research environment
  • An active research group with regular meetings, seminars and support networks
  • A pleasant working environment
  • Good loan terms and pension benefits from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017, wage level 50 (NOK 436 900).

Expert Committee

Your application will be assessed by an expert committee. You must upload the following documents together with your application before the submission deadline:

  • CV and copies of diplomas and references
  • Your second degree/master's degree thesis
  • Project description/proposal (max. 10 pages, including list of references)
  • Relevant scientific works
  • Summary of relevant publications/research experiences 

We use an electronic recruitment system. If you wish to apply for the position, register your application and CV by clicking the button “login and apply”. If you need technical support, please contact Hanne Landen on phone +47 67 23 82 95 or e-mail hanne.landen@hioa.no.

Your application will not be considered unless these attachments are uploaded. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. You must display originals at any interview. OsloMet carries out checks on documents, so that you as a candidate will get a real evaluation and fair competition.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Professor and Leader of research group INFOSAM Ragnar Audunson, e-mail ragnar.audunson@oslomet.no, phone +47 67 23 82 95
  • Professor and Leader of research group LITKULT Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad, e-post kjell-ivar.skjerdingstad@oslomet.no, phone +47 67 23 82 94
  • Professor and Leader of research group METAINFO Nils Pharo, e-mail nils.pharo@oslomet.no, phone +47 67 23 83 02

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should, to the greatest possible extent, reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant backgrounds or reduced functional abilities to apply for this position. OsloMet is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement.

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Autumn 2018
Salary NOK 436 900
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/04726
  • Ragnar Audunson, professor, 67 23 82 95, e-mail: ragnar.audunson@oslomet.no
  • Kjell Ivar Skjerdingstad, professor, 67 23 82 94, e-mail kjell-ivar.skjerdingstad@oslom
  • Nils Pharo, professor, 67 23 83 02, e-mail: nils.pharo@oslomet.no
Published 11.May.2018
Last application date 10.Aug.2018 11:59 PM CET

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