PhD research fellowship - Health in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)

Deadline: 13.06.2021

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,000 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University aspires to build strong and enduring academic and research environments that will spearhead regionally, nationally and internationally.

We are developing a new and better institution with high academic and pedagogical quality, aiming at achieving university accreditation by 2021.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

The Faculty of Social and Health Sciences at Inland Norway University (INN) invites applications for a PhD research fellowship - Health in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)

About the position

The Faculty of Social and Health sciences at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN) invites applications for a PhD research fellowship. The place of work is Elverum. The period of the fellowship is normally three years from the time of admission, with the possibility of a fourth year involving mandatory work amounting to 25% distributed over the period of employment. This is contingent on the candidate’s qualifications and preferences, as well as the department’s needs in terms of teaching and other student-related tasks.

The successful candidate will be admitted to the PhD programme in Health and Welfare (under accreditation) at the faculty, and doctoral projects must contribute to the faculty's aims of strengthening the knowledge base in the field of this programme. The research fellow will be part of the research group Teaching and Learning in Physical Education.

About the research field and content of the fellowship

Doctoral projects

Candidates must qualify for admission to the university’s PhD programme, and the doctoral education is carried out within this programme. Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

The academic and research community supporting the doctoral programme with supervision and research training comprises a number of professors and associate professors working in the relevant academic fields.

Project description

Norwegian research on physical education (PE) has increased over the past decade. The knowledge produced has provided deeper insight on and understanding of what is happening in the subject, how students and teachers experience the subject, and how teachers work with the subject in school. A few studies in physical education have specifically focused their attention on health and health perspectives. Research on Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) has been somewhat less prominent than research on the PE subject, however PETE has been the subject of some research interest since 2011. There remain several topics within PETE that warrant exploring.

In light of the subject renewal currently being implemented in Norwegian schools, health has a central place in school in general through the interdisciplinary topic "Public health and life mastery". Furthermore, health plays a prominent role within the subject of PE in particular. For the current PhD position, we are interested in projects that aim to obtain knowledge about how health is understood and handled within PETE. In reliance with the new PE curriculum, there is a need for research on how future teachers in their teacher education develop competence on health, and competence to teach in and about health in their future teaching profession. In other words, there is a need for a research project that can provide new knowledge about how health is understood, both among students in PETE, and their teacher educators, and how health is taught in PETE in Norway. The PhD project must also contribute knowledge in this area internationally, as health issues in education are a growing research field.

The position is linked to the Department of Sport and Physical Education.

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Eligibility requirements

We welcome applicants with relevant theoretical and practical experience and education. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate that wants to address a scientific challenge in a stimulating collaborative environment. You should like to work as part of a team, both at INN and internationally, yet be willing to take on responsibilities on your own. You are required to be an independent learner, with the ability to perform demanding tasks within defined time frames. Personal qualities will be essential for the final ranking of candidates

  • Two-year Master's degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines with the average grade of B or better, as defined by the Norwegian Qualifications Framework (120 credits). Alternative educational backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if academically equivalent.
  • The master's degree should primarily be in PE, public health, sports or educational sciences, or equivalent relevant pedagogical education.
  • It is an advantage to have experience from professional practices within physical education (PE).
  • Experience and knowledge within the subject area pedagogy/didactics is desirable.
  • Interest in pedagogical development of studies is a prerequisite.
  • Experience with relevant information and communications technology systems.


Excellent communication skills in a Scandinavian language and English, both oral and written.

Evaluation of candidates for the position will be based on a total assessment of educational background and other eligibility requirements, as defined in the advertisement.

How to apply

Your application and CV must be registered electronically. Click the “Apply for position” button.

The application must include:

  • Application letter (registered in jobbnorge's form). In the application letter, please provide the topic of the project, a description of your background and your motivation for the position.
  • Relevant educational background and experience (registered in jobbnorge's form).

We kindly request that you enclose the following:

  • Proposed project description of the study (max 8 pages, including references), outlining its academic relevance, methods, challenges and possibilities, and containing a tentative progression plan. The project description must be written in English.
  • Copies of academic diplomas and transcripts
  • A list of publications, where applicable
  • Any other documentation you would like us to consider

Attachments must be uploaded as separate files. If the attachments exceed 30 MB, they must be compressed prior to upload. Documents submitted after expiry of the deadline will not be considered in the evaluation of your application.

The government workforce must, to the greatest extent possible, reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, the university’s personnel policy aims to achieve balance in terms of age and gender, and to recruit individuals with disabilities and recruit from ethnic minority groups. The person appointed must abide by the instructions applicable to the position, the university’s internal administrative policies, and the laws, regulations and agreements that otherwise apply to the position at all times.

We offer

  • An exciting and challenging position at a developing institution, dedicated colleagues and a supportive working environment
  • The position is paid and placed in position code 1017, PhD candidate in the Government Salary Regulations

For more information about INN University as an employer, please see here.

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