Doctoral Research Fellowship in ERC Project“CREATIVE IPR - The History of Intellectual Property Rights in the Creative Industries”


A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in history is available at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH), University of Oslo. The position is associated with the 5-year Consolidator Grant 818523 “CREATIVE IPR - The History of Intellectual Property Rights in the Creative Industries” funded by the European Research Council and led by Principal Investigator Véronique Pouillard, professor in history at the University of Oslo.

CREATIVE IPR aims to study the history of the intellectual property rights in the creative industries, from the Paris Convention (1883) and the Berne Convention (1886) to the present day, with a particular focus on Europe in the global world. It examines the history of intellectual property rights in the creative industries, with a focus on national and international institutions, and on the management of creativity.

The applicant is asked to send in a project proposal that aims to examine the history of the international harmonization of intellectual property rights. The topic will be situated within the history of the Bureaux Internationaux Réunis pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (BIRPI), that were founded in 1893, and replaced by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1970.

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More about the position

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training and the Norwegian Graduate School in History. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3

years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

The expected start date is September- October 2021.

Qualification requirements

A Master's degree or equivalent in history, law, economics, or other disciplines relevant for the project. Applicants without a degree in history are expected to document training in research methods in history. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.

The candidate's research project must be closely connected to the CREATIVE IPR project.

Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements

Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation.

The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame and contribute to CREATIVE IPR.

The applicant's ability to complete research training.

Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities.

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

We offer

Salary NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications 

A professionally stimulating working environment

Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include

Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position

Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)

Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system

Documentation of Language requirements (if applicable)

Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

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

Contact information

Professor Veronique Pouillard

Head of Research Education, Associate Professor Ulrike Spring

Project Coordinator Julianne Rustad

HR Adviser Tonje Olsen (for questions regarding how to apply)


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