The Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on ‘Translating in Antiquity, Translating Antiquity’, attached to the research area ‘Travelling Texts: Translation and Transnational Reception’.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo. The position will be attached to the interdisciplinary research area Traveling Texts: Translation and Transnational Reception. Read more about Traveling Texts here.

A central question for Traveling Texts is how ideological and aesthetic values are negotiated in translation from antiquity to the present. The successful applicant is expected to read the overall project description for Traveling Texts and to formulate his/her own research project with focus on antiquity. This component of the Traveling Texts-project is looking at exploring:

-Greek and Roman translation theories and methods,

-Specific examples of linguistic, aesthetic or cultural negotiations when Greek or Latin texts are translated into other languages, ancient or modern.

The successful candidate is expected to participate actively in the research group and to co-organise the relevant workshop planned for autumn 2015.

The main objective of appointments to the position of postdoctoral fellow is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their respective area of study. The appointment applies for a two-year period.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project description and on the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the project within the given time frame. Short-listed applicants may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.


-A Doctoral Degree in Classical Philology, or in at least one of the classical languages (Greek or Latin), or equivalent qualifications.

A prerequisite for applicants who have not yet defended their thesis is that the PhD work is submitted for assessment before the closing date for applications. Appointment to the postdoctoral position is dependent on the examination of the doctoral thesis having been carried out and the thesis approved.

In the assessment of the applications, emphasis will be put on

-The quality of the project description

-The project’s relevance for the main project

-The applicants’ academic and personal qualifications for conducting the project

-Personal suitability and motivation for the post

-Good ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community

-Fluency in written and oral English

The University of Oslo offers

-salary level 57 – 65 (NOK 473 400 – 548 700, depending on level of expertise)

-a challenging and stimulating working environment

-attractive welfare arrangements


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

-letter of application

-project description of 3 – 5 pages, including a schedule of activities. The project description must clarify how the applicant will approach the post-doctoral project theme theoretically and methodically, and render evidence that the project will be completed within the given time frame

-list of publications

-Curriculum Vitae

See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.

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The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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Contacts: Administrativ leder Karen Haugland, Professor Anastasia Maravela