Postdoc Position on Far-right Extremism Online (Norway) September 01, 2019

University of Oslo

Application Deadline

Sept 01, 2019

Program Commencement

Nov. 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

The Department of Political Sciences at the University of Oslo seeks to recruit an excellent social scientist to work full time as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the project ‘Far Right Politics Online and Societal Resilience’ (FREXO). The primary aim of the FREXO project is to assess how online media affect both the mobilizing capacity and the broader societal and political impact of far-right politics. FREXO combines two sub-studies that examine how far-right extremist groups (WP1) and hyper-partisan alternative media (WP2) produce and distribute content, with two sub-studies that study the impact of far-right communication on public opinion (WP3) and the specific impact of far-right online hate speech (WP4). The postdoctoral fellow will belong to WP1. FREXO is a collaboration between the Institute of Social Research (ISF), the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), and Oslo Metropolitan University. The project is financed by the Research Council of Norway. The appointment is for a fixed, non-tenured term of 3 years. If the successful candidate’s research interests match the Department’s teaching needs, the appointment may be extended to a fixed, non-tenured term of four years with a 25% teaching requirement. Postdoctoral fellows who are appointed for a period of four years are expected to acquire basic pedagogical competency in the course of their fellowship period.

Applicants must formulate a project description that lays out a promising research project that can be fulfilled in the course of three years. This project must address the key question of WP1, that is, how far-right groups in Scandinavia exploit social media in order to disseminate their ideological messages, mobilize activists, and create networks. More specifically, the project should be based on online data from the Scandinavian countries, aim to (1) map the structure of far-right networks, (2) examine how far-right groups construct a particular world-view, and (3) assess key drivers of online mobilization of the far right.

The appointee will have a 25% teaching requirement. Successful applicants must, therefore, be prepared to teach Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses within the Department’s course portfolio as well as tutor Master’s students. The Department organizes teaching into five sections: public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international relations, and research methods. The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines. The position offers:

  • Salary NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications
  • Budget for travel and research assistance
  • A pleasant and stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits, including possibilities for University’s kindergarten and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

Eligibility/ Requirements

A comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s scientific qualifications will form the basis of appointment. Successful applicants must have handed in their Ph.D. thesis for evaluation before the application deadline and must have received a relevant Ph.D. degree before taking up the post. In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description. Moreover, the candidate should demonstrate skills in quantitative methods. Emphasis will also be given to the applicants’ qualifications, dissemination skills, teamwork skills, and personal suitability for the position. Due to the topic requirements, sufficient language skills for data collection will be assessed as an advantage.

Application Process

The application must include

  • A cover letter (statement of motivation, summarising scientific work and research interest)
  • A CV (summarising education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • A project description (maximum 3000 words)
  • A complete list of publications

The application with attachments must be delivered via our electronic recruiting system. 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).

Note! Publications should not be submitted with the application; the most promising candidates will be invited to submit their publications, as well as their educational certificates and diplomas, later in the process.

Short-listed candidates for the job will be invited to an interview and might be asked to give a trial lecture.

Please note: Applicants who at the time of appointment cannot provide documented evidence of basic formal teaching competence must acquire such competence within two years by completing a mandatory pedagogical course provided by UiO.

More information about the project can be found here.

Click here to apply for the position. For clarifications and queries, contact: Deputy director Anders Ravik Jupskås, phone number: +47 22 84 58 50, e-mail: a.r.jupskas@c-rex.uio.no

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