PhD fellow, Universitetet i Oslo (Norway)

PhD Research Fellow in Sociology

There is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for a PhD research fellow (SKO 1017) in Sociology. The position is for a period of three years without compulsory work or four year with compulsory work (primarily teaching duties).

The position is funded by the European Research Council and is dedicated to the newly established research project OPENFLUX ( The project lies at the intersection of social science and genetics. Using both behavior and molecular genetic data, linked with register data, we will examine social change across birth cohorts, change across the life course and transmission across generations in demographic and socioeconomic outcomes. In these efforts we will draw upon statistical methods from social sciences and genetics.

At the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, the project is part of the research group in Social Inequalities and Population Dynamics. The Fellow will work closely with the principal investigator Professor Torkild Hovde Lyngstad, other members of the project staff, the project’s international collaborators, as well as other members of the SIPD group.


A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a Master’s degree. Candidates from disciplinary backgrounds other than Sociology must demonstrate in their application letter that their educational background prepares them for doctoral study in Sociology. Their Master’s degree must include a master thesis. Applicants must have a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The master’s thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline.

Candidates with documented skills in quantitative data analysis will be preferred.

Applicants should have research interests within the areas described above. The position requires that the person who is hired participates in the Faculty of Social Sciences’ organised research education programme (PhD programme) and that the work results in a doctorate in Sociology. The person who is hired will automatically be admitted to the PhD programme.

Residence in Norway is expected, but PhD fellows are also encouraged to spend time abroad during the fellowship period.

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