Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Feminist Studies

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Tromsø, Norway 🇳🇴

The position

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the Center for Women’s and Gender Research , Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education with the research project “Arctic Auditories – Hydrospheres in the High North”.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of three years. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant can carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

 The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

 If you receive 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 project

«Arctic Auditories – Hydrospheres in the High North” is an interdisciplinary project based in the Humanities, which seeks to develop strategies for understanding environmental change through sound. The project focuses on water environments and draws on feminist methodologies. Its aim is to deliver innovative, empowering and democratic listening strategies and to cultivate radical ideas about how different forms of engagement can create positive futures.

Arctic waters will be identified, investigated, and represented through techniques of sound mapping. Using interviews and participant observation, the impact of communal, mindful, artistic, and corporeal activities will be analysed. Soundwalks/ -sittings and podcasts will be created, and a museum exhibition co-curated. The collaboration with local communities in Northern Norway/Northern Sápmi is fundamental.
The holder of the position will recruit participants, conduct and analyze interviews, gather, process and analyze fieldwork data, conduct background research, create a glossary, create and maintain a webpage, be active in dissemination including social media, and will organize gatherings like workshops in addition to writing texts and articles.

You must submit a project proposal that describes how you scientifically can contribute to the project. The proposal must include a progress plan.


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Katrin Losleben: 


This position requires:

  • A Norwegian doctoral degree (PhD) or an equivalent foreign doctoral degree in gender studies, sociology, sound studies, ethnomusicology, musicology, music, human geography, arts, social/visual anthropology, indigenous studies or similar
  • The applicant must have knowledge of qualitative/artistic/feminist methodology. Having experience from using those methods is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English and candinavian language 

It is preferable if you also:

  • Have knowledge of the Sámi language
  • Have good communication skills 
  • Are able to think creativly and are open-minded 

We are looking for a colleague who is interested in learning and working independently and with others no matter of background or social position, and who comes with an interest in maintaining and contributing to a caring and positive work environment. Candidates with the ability to adapt to changing conditions and needs are welcomed to apply. In order to achieve gender balance at our center, we strongly encourage persons identifying as male or non-binary to apply for the position.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidate’s motivation, potential for research, 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).

Inclusion and diversity  

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.  

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics. 

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues  
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement  
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund  
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: 


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • Project proposal in english (max 5 pages)
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • A list of your academic production
  • The academic works (published or not) you wish us to take into consideration in the assessment

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview should among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s motivation and personal suitability for the position. A trial lecture may also be held.

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 remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow 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 get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

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. 

UiT – Developing the high north

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.