PhD research fellowship - Lifelong career guidance

Deadline: 10.08.2021

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 - Lifelong career guidance

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 Lillehammer. 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's, and doctoral projects must contribute to the faculties aims of strengthening the knowledge base in the field of this programme. The PhD candidate will be expected to be an active member of the research group within career guidance and supervision

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

The successful candidate will explore the relationship between work, education, health, social participation and career guidance. Here, career guidance is understood as any intervention that supports individuals and groups to a) discover more about work, leisure and learning, and b) consider their place in the world and plan for their future. As research on career guidance in Norway has largely focused on young people, in this project, we want to refocus attention on adults and their need for career support.

The project could take a variety of forms, but we are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who are interested in exploring one or more of the following areas:

  • How lifelong career guidance can support marginalised people and help address marginalisation. This might include a focus on unemployed workers or other forms of marginalisation.
  • The provision of career guidance and other forms of career support in the workplace—particularly where these are used to support individuals who have a temporary or permanently reduced capacity to work.
  • The role of career guidance in supporting transitions, retraining and career change during adulthood.
  • The role of career guidance in supporting health and wellbeing.
  • The role of career guidance in supporting community cohesion and local economic and social development.
  • The role of new technologies in career guidance for adults.

The successful candidate will be responsible for designing, implementing and organising a research project. This research project should lead to new knowledge about careers and career guidance in relation to the topics and issues highlighted above. New knowledge is understood as a contribution to the growing field of career guidance, nationally and internationally. The research fellow will be responsible for finding and justifying the choice of theory on which his/her analyses are based. Moreover, he/she will be required to a) document connections between the theory of science and the forms of knowledge that the research brings forward; and b) apply and/or develop research methods that will help answer the research questions.

The successful candidate will be responsible for communicating his/her research in a doctoral dissertation—and ideally through scientific journals, digital platforms and teaching. The research fellow will join the academic environment within the Section of Guidance and Supervision, and in particular the master’s programme in career guidance.

The position is linked to the Department of Social Sciences and Guidance

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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.
  • Master's degree should primarily be career guidance or similarly relevant field
  • Experience from the field of career guidance would be an advantage, as would a background in the subject area of pedagogy/didactics.
  • 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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