Opportunity: Research, Law of the Sea, Arctic

Deadline: September 15, 2016

A position as a postdoctoral research fellow is available to do research as part of the University of Oslo Arctic Programs and the Faculty of Law Arctic Program called Cold Pursuit. The position is located in Oslo, Norway. For a related position at the Doctoral Research Level, see link at the end of this information.

The applicant is expected to conduct research on the law of the sea and to submit a research plan or a commented outline for that purpose. The problems currently receiving attention at the faculty are the legal possibilities of states implementing and enforcing their policies in different parts of the Arctic. The research should preferably be designed to involve researchers from other disciplines, such as the social sciences, economics, anthropology, or the natural sciences.

A possible topic within this framework could be the legal framework for ecosystem-based management. The Arctic ecosystems cross jurisdictional borders, while the law of the sea only in a very few special cases provides for holistic management—and then only to a very limited extent. The project could discuss possible ways to accommodate the need for holistic management within or outside the framework of the current law of the sea. For more information, please contact Professor Erik Røsæg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The fellowship is for a period of up to four years, with teaching constituting 25% of the workload. Alternatively, it could be for three years with 10% teaching duties or two years without any teaching duties. The teaching duties require that the candidate be able to fulfill the current teaching needs of the faculty. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions.


Applicants must hold a PhD degree or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. Applicants must also hold a Norwegian master's degree or a degree at the same level. At least one of the degrees must include a substantive law component. Candidates who hold cross-disciplinary degrees with elements of social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, or the humanities in addition to law are qualified.

To be eligible, the applicant must have submitted his/her doctoral dissertation for evaluation by the closing date. The doctoral degree must have been received prior to taking up the position.

The project language is English, and candidates should have an excellent command of English, written and spoken. The research must be written in English. A good command of a Scandinavian language, or alternatively a willingness to learn during the fellowship period, is an advantage for working at the Faculty in Oslo but is not a condition for this position.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and how it contributes to the Arctic Program, and on the assumed academic and personal ability of the candidates to complete the project within the given timeframe.Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview with the University of Oslo in person or through electronic means.


  • Salary NOK 486,100–567,100 per year (salary levels 50–57)
  • An inspiring and friendly working environment
  • A favorable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

The applicants should include:

  • A 5–10 page description of the proposed research to be undertaken during the project period, including a description of the aims, methodologies, and theoretical ambitions, as well as a list of planned publications. This project description will be emphasized during the selection process.
  • CV
  • Certified copies of certificates and diplomas with all grades. Foreign diplomas (master’s, bachelor’s, and the like) in languages other than English or a Scandinavian language must be provided in the original language as well as in an English or Scandinavian language translation.
  • An explanation of the foreign university’s grading system
  • A complete list of publications
  • A copy of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation, along with a maximum of 50 pages from other academic works that the applicant wishes to have considered by the evaluation committee. If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship as well as the contribution(s) of the candidate should be submitted.

See the guidelines concerning appointments to postdoctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo for more details. Please note that no one can be appointed for more than one period at the same institution. The University of Oslo has an agreement in place for all employees that aims to secure the rights to research results. According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act § 25 (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list even if the applicant has requested non-disclosure. In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, applications from all interested candidates regardless of, for instance, gender or ethnicity are invited to apply. For more information, visit here.

The program website is located here.

Information own the PhD research fellowship is available here.

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