PhD on Religion in Mumbai

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

(1) PhD Position in the project ‘Religion in Public Spaces in Mumbai’ and (2) PhD Position in the project ‘Religion and Violence in Mumbai’

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion announces two PhD positions. The appointment is expected to begin on 1 April, 2015.

The advertised positions will be part of an international research group working on religion in urban Mumbai (‘Dwelling and Crossing: The Socio-Religious Dynamics of Religious Spaces in Mumbai’). The successful candidates are expected to develop and complete a PhD research project on (1) religion in public spaces in Mumbai, in particular on the dynamics of roadside or pavement religious structures, to be based on field research on selected roads in Mumbai, or (2) on dynamics of inter- or cross-religious violence in the history of Mumbai, or on organized attempts at its prevention.

For more information on this project see

Qualification requirements

Applicants must meet the formal requirements for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. The University requires the equivalent of a master’s degree (i.e. 3 years bachelor and 2 years master, 300 ECTS altogether). Applicants must have completed their master’s degree in the Study of Religions or equivalent (e.g. anthropology or sociology) at the time of application.


Salary will be in accordance with level 50 (code 1017/20.8) on the Norwegian government salary scale, currently NOK 429.700 – gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations. A compulsory 2% contribution to the State Pension Fund (Statens pensjonskasse) will be deducted from gross salary.

About the position

The PhD candidate must take part in the University´s approved PhD program. The position’s main goal is to lead to a PhD degree, which qualifies for independent research activities, and for other work that requires particular qualifications.

The position is awarded for a period of three years. The successful applicant will be expected to relocate to the University of Bergen and conform to the regulations that apply to the position. The candidate’s main supervisor will normally come from the permanent academic staff of the department.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor István Keul, tel. + 47 55 58 20 22, e-mail:, Professor Michael Stausberg, tel. + 47 55 58 23 29, e-mail: or PhD Coordinator Anna Lisa Arefjord, tel. +47 55 58 39 64, e-mail:

Additional information

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. We have therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds are therefore encouraged to apply for the position. Women in particular are invited to apply. If, in the opinion of the evaluation committee, several applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions will be applied.

The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to academic positions. Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. In such cases the applicant will be notified.

The appointing committee will be conducting interviews with the shortlisted candidates prior to the final decision being made.

How to apply for the job

Please apply electronically via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”. Applications should include a detailed motivation letter.

The following information must be enclosed (please upload in pdf or Word format):

—(1) A project description (up to 5 pages, excluding bibliography) that outlines a research project within the framework of the project ‘Religion in Public Spaces in Mumbai’, and that includes reflections on the candidate’s approach to the study of religions in Mumbai


—(2) A project description (up to 5 pages, excluding bibliography) that outlines a research project within the framework of the project ‘Religion and Violence in Mumbai’, and that includes reflections on the candidate’s approach to the study of religions in Mumbai.
—A short summary of the master thesis (max 3 pages). If your master’s degree is not from a Norwegian university you may be asked to send us the complete master thesis.
—Copies of higher education certificates and diplomas (including Transcript of Records)
—List of academic publications (if any)

All documents must be in Word or pdf format. Copies of higher education certificates and diplomas must be accompanied by a translation into English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish if not written in any of these languages. Translations of diplomas and academic work must be received by the department within the deadline.

Applicants are asked to follow the steps as described in the Guidelines for Electronic Applications at the Faculty of Humanities:

Any queries or problems concerning the electronic application procedure should be directed to the Faculty of Humanities by e-mail:

Application deadline: 2 January, 2015

Please mark the application: 14/11589 (1) or 14/11259 (2)

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