Job Post: Associate professor in religious studies (with a focus on indigenous religions)

Application deadline: 14. February 2018
Applications must be marked: Ref. 2017/5849

The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education has a vacant permanent fulltime position as associate professor in religious studies. The position is affiliated to the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology.

For further information about the position, contact head of department Fredrik Fagertun, tel. +47 776 46176, email:, or professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord, tel. +47 776 45289, email

The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on


The position’s affiliation
The Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology is part of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education. The department has 25 permanent academic positions, of which 7 are in archaeology, 12 are in history, 3 are in religious studies, and 3 are in theology. The academic staff of the department teaches and gives supervision to students at all levels from bachelor to Ph.D.

The position’s field of research/field of work
A prerequisite for the vacant position is documented competence in religious studies (through training and/or comprehensive experience in research and teaching). The candidate must have expertise in contemporary indigenous religion(s) in one or more cultural contexts and geographical regions that are not covered already at the department (already covered regions are Sápmi and Central America), including substantial fieldwork experience, relevant linguistic skills, as well as historical and other contextual knowledge. The candidate should also have a strong commitment to further develop methodological approaches and theoretical understandings of indigenous religion(s) in ethically responsible ways. The candidate must be able and willing to teach and supervise students at all levels in a wide variety of topics in the study of religion.

In addition, expertise in one or more of the following fields/topics is desirable: legal and rights issues; environmentalism and climate concerns; politics and activism; identity formation; nation building; colonialism and post-colonialism; performance; materiality; media; translation; art; education; economy; tourism; interaction between local, national, and global actors and levels; and the history of the study of indigenous religion(s).

Relevant teaching experience is mandatory. Teaching experience on all levels from bachelor to Ph.D. is an advantage. Experience with national and international collaboration in research projects is also an asset, likewise the proven ability to initiate and successfully lead research projects.

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