PhD research fellowship - the changing room in physical education

Deadline: 01.10.2022

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 15,000 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.

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PhD research fellowship - the changing room in physical education - a question of health, wellbeing and children´s rights

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. Presence at Terningen Arena, Elverum, is expected in line with both national and INNs regulations for the usage of home-office. The period of the fellowship is normally four years involving mandatory work amounting to 25% distributes over the period of employment. The period can be changed to 3 years. 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 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 «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

Most research in the field of education have focused on risks and how to protect children and up-hold the rights of the child in terms of safety. However, in a children’s rights perspective schooling should also be educational, where children can grow and develop as human beings, as a contrast of schooling being mis-educational (i.e. schools should do no harm). In this context the changing room as part of schooling is a space where adults are not present and as such becomes a black box of education. More knowledge is accordingly needed about what happens before, during and after young people enter into the changing room into physical education (PE), particularly regarding the changing room in relation to questions of health and children’s human rights. Hence, the purpose of this study is to contribute with knowledge on how students and teachers handle and negotiate transitions into, during, through and out of the changing room in PE regarding issues of health, wellbeing, children’s rights and educational potential. Data will be produced together with teachers, school leaders, and students in Norwegian schools using walk-and-talk- and photo elicitation interviews.

The position is linked to the Department of Public Health and Sport Sciences.

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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 be in educational-, sports-, or public health sciences with a focus on school and/or the field of physical educational.
  • Experience with relevant information and communications technology systems.


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

Personal competence

  • A good implementation ability
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills towards both colleagues and partners
  • Flexibility and independence will be emphasized
  • Experience from research after completed Master´s

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).
  • Proposed project description of the study (max 4 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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