Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business.

The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

The Department has around 600 students and 40 employees and is located at the OsloMet Pilestredet Campus in Oslo. Multiple programs are offered through the department, including Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor’s program in Archivistics and Records Management.

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Project Description

The PhD fellow will work on topics related to the research group Information systems based on metadata (METAINFO). We are particularly interested in projects focused on end-users in information systems. Relevant topics could be:

  • studies of user-generated metadata
  • information seekers and their interaction with information systems
  • utilising interaction data.  

Applicants must prepare a PhD project relevant for one of these research questions.

The successful applicant will be an integrated member of the research group METATINFO, which holds regular meetings and seminars where participants can present their research. METAINFO is one of the five research groups chosen for The Booster project at HiOA.

The duration of the PhD fellowship is three years.

Qualifications and requirements

Required qualifications:

  • Education on Master's degree level in a relevant field
  • Ability to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and be goal oriented
  • Professional involvement

Desired background:

  • Relevant research experience
  • Experience in publishing academic works and participation in international seminars/conferences


  • The PhD positions presuppose admission to the PhD Programme
  • A final plan for the PhD scholarship shall be approved and made contractual no later than 3 months after commencement of the fellowship.

In the assessment of the applicants, the project description and the project’s relevance to the PhD program’s research area will be emphasized. The proposal must indicate that the project will realistically lead to a doctoral degree within the three-year period. The proposal should consist of maximum 10 pages and include the following elements:

  • Research questions, theory and method
  • Relevant knowledge within the research area
  • Schedule for the educational and research plan

We offer:

  • The opportunity for academic support and development in a large and comprehensive educational and research environment
  • An active research group with regular meetings, seminars and support networks
  • A pleasant working environment
  • Good loan terms and pension benefits from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Flexible working hours and good welfare arrangements

Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017, wage level 50 (NOK 435 500).

Expert Committee

As an applicant you will be assessed by an expert committee. You must upload the following documents together with your application before the deadline date for the application:

  • CV and copies of diplomas and references
  • Your second degree/master's degree thesis
  • Project description/proposal (max. 10 pages, including list of references)
  • Relevant scientific works
  • Summary of relevant publications/research experiences  

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Contact information

For more information on the position, please contact:

  • Professor Nils Pharo, e-mail nils.pharo@hioa.no, phone +47 67 23 83 02
  • Head of Department Tor Arne Dahl, e-mail tor-arne.dahl@hioa.no, phone +47 67 23 83 07

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should to the greatest possible extent reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant backgrounds or reduced functional abilities to apply for this position. HiOA is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement.

Application Deadline: 2017-03-01

Start Date: 2017-08-01

Ref nr: 17/00223

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.08.2017
Salary 433 500 NoK
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 17/00223
  • Nils Pharo, professor , +47 67 23 83 02
  • Tor Arne Dahl, head of department, +47 67 23 83 07
Published 16.Jan.2017
Last application date 01.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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