University of Bergen (UiB) - Up to three PhD positions at the Faculty of Psychology

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.

Up to three PhD positions at the Faculty of Psychology

Closing date for applications: 25.06.2017

The Faculty of Psychology has up to three PhD vacancies. Each position is for one fixed term duration of four years and is funded by the University of Bergen.

The Faculty of Psychology offers professional study programmes for psychologists, is responsible for university tuition in pedagogy for the UiB's own staff, contributes to the pedagogical content of teacher training and offers academic degrees within a wide range of studies: child welfare, health promotion work, pedagogics, special education, psychology, work and organisational psychology, and speech and language therapy. The Faculty has the following departments: The Department of Psychosocial ScienceThe Department of Clinical PsychologyThe Department of EducationThe Department of Health Promotion and Development and The Department of Biological and Medical Psychology.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The successful candidate must hold a Master's degree or the equivalent in psychology, pedagogics, health studies, social studies or another relevant subject area.
  • Candidates who are due to complete their higher degree education in 2017 can send their certificates/transcripts later on to: The deadline for the late submissions is 1 July 2017. Appointments are conditional on the award of a Master's degree.
  • For admission to the doctoral programme, grade B or higher is normally required for the Master's thesis.
  • Work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • Have a good command of written and oral English
  • Having good Norwegian skills is an advantage. Foreign applicants will be offered tuition in Norwegian.

About the PhD positions:

The research projects of applicants must be linked to one of our following five main areas of commitment: climate and energy transition, global social challenges, marine/maritime issues, education/school or health/health promotion work.

The duration of each PhD position is 4 years and 25% the time each year will be devoted to obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and the dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position. As a PhD Candidate you will work at one of the departments within the Faculty.

About the research training:

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. When your qualifications for the position are evaluated you will also be evaluated for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Psychology.

You will find further information about the PhD programme at the Department of Psychology here.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at salary grade 50, (Civil Service code 1350/salary framework 20) pursuant to the Basic Collective Agreement for the Norwegian Civil Service. This is equivalent to an annual salary of NOK 432,700 / NOK 435,500 gross. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position. A higher salary will be considered for applicants with specialist qualifications.  
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Employment in an inclusive workplace (under the IA scheme).
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • Project description (maximum 10 pages incl. references).
  • Connections with one of our five main areas of commitment, see above.
  • Affirmation from the research group and PhD supervisor.
  • The names and contact information of two referees. One of these must be the applicant's main supervisor for his/her Master's thesis or an equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and references (all higher education). The deadline for sending certificates/transcripts for applicants who conclude a higher degree during the spring of 2017 is 1 July 2017.
    • Applicants with foreign qualifications must enclose certified translations in English or a Scandinavian language if the original diploma and grade transcripts are not already in one of these languages. Applicants must also enclose confirmation from NOKUT to confirm that their qualifications are recognised as being in accordance with the Norwegian Master’s degree.
  • Relevant certificates
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications.

You should submit your application electronically in JobbNorge to the University of Bergen by using the button on this page: “Apply for position”. Your application, CV and attachments can only be submitted electronically via JobbNorge.

Please note that applications, along with the information and attachments linked to the application in JobbNorge, will be evaluated after the closing date for applications. Attachments must be in English or a Scandinavian language, and any translations must be certified. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all the necessary information has been submitted by the closing date for applications.

It is particularly important that each of the attachments that are to be taken into account in the assessment is uploaded in full as an attachment to your application.

Closing date for applications: 25.06.2017

Applications shall be marked as follows: 17/6001


General information:

Further information about the position can be obtained from:

Head of Department/Professor Norman Anderssen, Department of Psychosocial Science, tel. +47 55 58 20 55


Head of Department/Professor Per Einar Binder, Department of Clinical Psychology, tel. +47 55 58 90 90


Head of Department/Professor Rune Johna Krumsvik, Department of Education, tel. +47 55 58 48 07


Head of Department/Professor Elisabeth Fosse, tel. +47 55 58 27 58, Department of Health Promotion and Development

Elisabeth.Fosse@uib.notel. +47 55 58 27 58


Head of Department/Professor Helge Nordby, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology,, tel. +47 55 58 62 86 

The state workforce shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Our personnel policy is designed to achieve an age and gender balance among our employees. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 25.06.2017

Kontakt: Professor Norman Anderssen (Head of Department)
Telefon: +47 55 58 20 55

Kontakt 2: Professor Per Einar Binder (Head of Department)
Telefon: +47 55 58 90 90