PhD research fellowship - the Forever Young project

Deadline: 11.09.2022

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.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

PhD research fellowship - Maintaining independence among elderly living in a care home setting through health-promoting physical activity; the Forever Young project

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 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 position is situated in the PhD program Health and Welfare at the faculty, and doctoral projects must contribute to the faculty`s aims of strengthening the knowledge base in the field of this program. The PhD candidate will be expected to be an active member of the research group «Critical Public Health».

About the research field and content of the fellowship

Doctoral projects

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

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

Project description

The ageing of the population is a major public health issue. The challenge facing society is how to keep older people as independent as possible through maintaining their physical, mental and cognitive health, which are often interlinked. The purpose of this PhD project is to investigate how to effectively facilitate an increased and sustained level of health-promoting physical activity among the elderly living in Norwegian care home settings. The project will include a comprehensive evaluation of both physiological and psychosocial health outcomes, as well as a process evaluation to see how successful the measure has been. The project addresses the issue of how to add ‘life to years’ not just years to life.

Although the project involves the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, the doctoral research fellow will have a main responsibility for planning, facilitation and implementation of physical activity for the elderly, quantitative measurements, as well as statistical analyses.

The position is affiliated with the research group ‘Critical Public Health’ (CPHRG) at the Section for Public Health. For this specific PhD project we have established a collaboration with the research group ‘Elderly Health’ at the Section for Nursing, for which the target group is central. Read more about the research group CPHRG here.

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 candidate.

  • Two year Master's degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines, normally with the average grade of B or better, as defined by the Norwegian Qualifications Framework (120 credits).
  • Master's degree should be in Public Health Science, Sports Science, Exercise Science or another relevant master´s degree with perspectives on health promotion.
  • Strong quantitative skills that include previous experience using databases and spreadsheets, flow charts and advanced analysis tools.
  • Experience with relevant information and communications technology systems.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in a Scandinavian language
  • Very good written and oral English language skills

Personal competence

  • A good work ethic
  • 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 degree will be considered an advantage

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.

The position is based at the Department of Public Health and Sports Science, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Campus Elverum. However, shorter stays in other geographical areas of Norway must be expected in connection with data collection, as well as the possibility of up to 6 months of exchange to our partner university, University of Southern Denmark, Odense (Denmark).

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 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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