Two temporary 40% positions as research assistants at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law

Two positions as research assistant – each is a 40% position – are vacant at the Centre from March 2020 to December 2020. Each position might be prolonged for up to two years in total – pending on future needs and budget approval. The research assistants will work with the Nordic Journal for Human Rights (NJHR), and the three Research Groups, which are (co)chaired by employees at the Centre, as well as with other internal and external academic activities organized by the Centre. The ideal candidate has previous knowledge and an interest in the field of human rights and academic interest in the field of research covered by the Research Groups and the Centre.

About the Centre

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) is a permanent centre at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The centre is Norway's only designated university unit for research and education in Human Rights. Research, teaching, dissemination, and applied project activities are at the highest international academic level. The centre has around 27 employees and about 60 Master students. The Faculty of Law in Oslo is the largest educational and research institution within the field of law in Norway, and educates about 75% of all new legal candidates in Norway, and is the work- and study place for about 270 employees and 4 300 students. The Centre is centrally situated in the new Faculty building Domus Juridica.

More about the position and work duties

Work duties for the research groups

There are three Faculty research groups hosted at the Centre:

  • Research Group on Human Rights and Sustainable Development: Law and Policy Research
  • Research Group on Migration Law
  • Research Group on Human Rights, Armed Conflicts, and the Law of Peace and Security

For more information about the Research Groups:


The work duties for the research groups includes assisting the administration of the groups, plan and advertise meetings and seminars, assisting visitors, attending meetings and writing minutes, maintaining websites, and generally providing research support. The assistant will work closely with the directors of the research groups.

Work duties for the journal

Firmly established as Scandinavia’s leading journal in the field, the NJHR provides a forum for academic critique and analysis pertaining to human rights. The Journal is published by Routledge (Francis and Taylor) and is owned by the Centre. For more information about the Journal:

The editorial assistant(s) will work in close cooperation with the journal editors, journal secretary and the publisher. The editorial assistant’s tasks will include quality insurance and processing of incoming submissions; follow-up of the production; proof-reading and copy-editing of submissions; planning and execution of editorial board meetings and assisting in applying for external funding of the periodical. 


Other work duties at the Centre 

The research assistants will also assist the Centre leadership and employees in organizing research activities, such as internal seminars for the Centre’s staff and external seminars and conferences. The research assistants might also to some degree assist individual researchers at the Centre in their research.

While each research assistant will be appointed primary responsibility for some of the tasks described above, we expect the assistants to be flexible and assist each other in the different tasks involved.

Requirements for the position:

  • Higher education, minimum on a bachelor level in a relevant field, and with good documented knowledge of International Human Rights.
  • Good administrative and organizational skills. Previous experience in a similar position will be considered an asset.
  • Previous knowledge of the Centre will be taken into consideration.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. Good command of written and spoken Norwegian is an asset.
  • Applicants should be able to work on a flexible schedule.
  • Work and residence permit in Norway.
  • Good applicants must be personally suited for the job; show initiative and independence in their tasks; be cooperative, and communicate very well.

We offer:

  • Salary scale 35 NOK 362 800 based on full time position position (Job Code 1008 Research Assistant without a master degree). Each position is 40%.
  • Flexible working hours, but with a regular work schedule.
  • Working space and access to computer will be provided at the Centre.
  • A friendly, and attractive working environment, which might open up for good future job opportunities.



The application must be submitted electronically to the Please indicate in the “subject”-field: “RESEARCH ASSISTANT”. Please attach only documents in doc, pdf, odf or rtf format.


The application should include:

  • Application letter (not more than 2 pages) describing your interest in the field of human rights and your specific reasons for applying for this particular position.
  • CV listing relevant education including list of grades, experience, qualifications, and references.


Application deadline

31 March 2020

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

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview. We aim at concluding the recruiting process in April.

Start/end date

Start as soon as possible in April/May. Formal end date 31.12.20, and with a possible prolongation, but not exceeding two years in total.


Questions regarding the positions may be addressed to: Head of research Jakob Elster, email, phone 22845530 or Head of administration Teis Daniel Kjelling, email t.d.kjelling@nchr.uiono, phone 22842012.

Publisert 4. mars 2020 16:57 - Sist endret 17. mars 2020 09:11