PhD research fellowship - Mental health of the elderly

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 - Mental health of the elderly

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 PhD student will be part of the university college's academic environment within nursing and mental health, including study programs in nursing. The PhD position is associated with a relevant research group.

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

Healthcare services in Norway are characterized by tasks that shift from specialist healthcare services to municipal healthcare services. The changes in the organization of healthcare services contributes to an increased need for competence in relation to health assessment and observational competence among professionals, as the majority of those who need healthcare receive it in their home environment.

Focus on older people's experience of reduced quality of life and poorer mental health has been of significance during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The challenges are described as isolation, loneliness and depression experienced among older people in home care settings. As a health professional, it is exceedingly important to meet the patients mental and existential needs.

Academically, the field of research focuses on municipal healthcare in general, and home-based care in particular. Methodologically, the requirements of the position involve competence in both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. The project's overall focus is applied research that is planned and carried out in close collaboration with relevant partners, in the respective municipalities.

A relevant question is how nurses and other healthcare professionals observe mental health among older people in home care, and how they recognize mental disorders such as depression, loneliness, anxiety or dementia to name a few. Another relevant question is how healthcare professionals address these issues. It is also known that the burden on relatives is extensive in giving care to older people with mental disorders, and research focusing on relatives' experiences of their own mental health are relevant.

The position is linked to the Department of Health and Nursing Science

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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 Health and Nursing science.
  • Experience from clinical practice is desirable.
  • Experience and knowledge in the field of mental health are desirable.
  • 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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