The Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) invites applications to a position as senior researcher in interactive information retrieval (IIR) with emphasis on user studies. The position is a 1-year research position with no teaching obligations. The position requires an immediate start, or at earliest possible convenience, preferable medio May. The senior researcher is to join a local research team consisting of the professors Pia Borlund and Nils Pharo as part of an international EU research project with partners from England, France, Portugal, and the Netherlands, in addition to OsloMet, Norway. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The research project aims to identify key instances of colonial audio-visual heritage across the three archives involved, draw a common map of shared representations connected with their respective imperial contexts, identify problematic visualisation and language and open up a dialogue between the archives and a variety of users, including archivists, researchers, filmmakers, and grassroots organisations. The digitised colonial audio-visual heritage is provided by three national archives: The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the French Institut national de l’audiovisuel and Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK. The task of the senior researcher is to conduct user studies on information needs and information searching of the three archives in question.


We are looking for a person with a PhD and expertise in IIR and experience in test design and user studies of information searching. The test designs and methodologies of the various studies will be designed in joint collaboration with the professors Borlund and Pharo, but the senior researcher will be the one to independently carry out the actual studies in the Netherlands, France or UK. Further, the senior researcher is to code the data, prepare it for analysis and analyse the data before co-authoring reports and scientific publications for dissemination of findings.

Tasks and responsibilities

Design study methodologies for data collection in collaboration with local team
Independently conduct studies and carry out data collection abroad
Code and analyse collected data
Co-author results and findings with the local team


University of Strathclyde Glasgow


You must have:

PhD in Information Science, Computer Science or related area
Expertise in interactive information retrieval (IIR)
Experience with user studies of information searching
Knowledge about metadata, the concept of information need, the concept of relevance, user studies, test design, IIR methods and methodologies, data coding, and analysis of empirical user data

Language requirements:

The ideal candidate has excellent skills in English and at least in one of the following languages: Dutch or French.

Educational level:

Ph. D.

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