Post-doctoral position in interdisciplinary work and user involvement

Deadline: 06.01.2021

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) is home to over 14,000 students and 1,200 employees, and has campuses in Lillehammer, Hamar, Elverum, Rena, Evenstad and Blæstad.

INN University has been building strong and enduring educational and research environments that have significant impact regionally, nationally and internationally. We are continually developing an institution of high academic competence, with the goal of achieving university accreditation.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

About the position

The Faculty of Social and Health Sciences at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences is delighted to announce a temporary 3-year 100% Post-Doctoral position (position ode 1352) within interdisciplinary work and user involvement.

The position will contribute to strengthening the knowledge base on one of the faculty’s focus areas. Interdisciplinary work and user involvement are linked internally to R&D and teaching and externally to collaborations with external regional, national and international actors. The subject is central at all levels of education; BA, MA and the interdisciplinary PhD programme health and welfare (under accreditation). The postdoctoral fellow will be associated with a relevant research group at the faculty.

The interdisciplinary perspective at the faculty is represented by health sciences, social sciences, sports sciences and public health sciences. Both nationally and internationally, it is pointed out that interdisciplinary efforts are a necessity in the work of promotion health and welfare. Different approaches and expectations for cooperation will have consequences for the perceptions of responsibility, objectives and communication between actors.

Overall, the position is concerned about how the user perspective can be integrated and strengthened within an applied interdisciplinary perspective, and explore challenges and barriers, experiences, opportunities and strategies. Relevant research topics can be based on one or more of the faculty’s scientific approaches, and to different social arenas and / or relevant user groups. For example relatives, children – young people, individuals with mental health problems / addiction to drug / disabilities / chronically illness / elderly etc. A project draft should clarify how the user perspective can be integrated into the project’s design and methodological approach. The applicant must submit a project draft stating which scientific projects are to be carried out during the period. In the project description is must be clear how the project can contribute to strengthening the research related to the interdisciplinary ph.d.-program in health and welfare.

Key work tasks

  • Research activities of international standard are expected where requirements are set for scientific insight and analytical thinking, in accordance with good scientific practice and research ethics standards.
  • It is expected that the candidate, as part of qualifying to professor competence, will contribute in a research group, contribute to establish collaboration and network with strategic and relevant partners in the region, nationally and internationally, and applying for external research funding.
  • The position is full-time and temporary, with a duration of three (3) years, alternatively 80% research and 20% teaching position over four years associated at one of the faculty’s departments of greatest relevance



Qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience

  • Documented a doctoral degree or degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree (PhD) relevant to the position / scientific competence at associate professor level within the relevant subject area one or more of the faculty’s sciences and/or related disciplines
  • Strong knowledge from subject area
  • Some knowledge of the Norwegian health and welfare system
  • Documented, relevant research production with scientific publications at a high - preferably international - level is a requirement
  • Documented, scientific publications with a focus on interdisciplinary work and user involvement
  • Documentable popular science and other dissemination work, such as contributions to conferences, is desirable

Personal skills

  • The candidate must have good execution abilities
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be proactive towards external partners
  • Have the ability to communicate well with partners and colleagues
  • Flexibility and independence are emphasized
  • General good ICT competence is a requirement
  • It is assumed that the person employed has the ability to both work independently and is able to show the ability and willingness to motivate and collaborate with the department's and faculty's employees, students and management

Language skills

  • Good written and spoken English and/or Norwegian language skills.
  • General good oral and written presentation skills in English and/or Norwegian.

Candidates from non-English speaking countries have to present documentation of proficiency in the English language through an approved test [TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)].

The determination of which candidate is best qualified for the position is made after a comprehensive assessment of education, experience and personal compatibility and other qualification requirements as formulated in the vacancy text, as well as motivation for the position.

How to apply

The application should be written in English, and must include:

  • Application letter
  • Application, CV, diplomas, work experience, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, acquisition work, coordination experience and other qualifying activities Certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be submitted as electronic attachments or links to the application. In addition, one page of reflection on your pedagogical background and your own pedagogical development is required
  • Draft (4 pages) of research project(s) with description of the project’s relevance and outcome
  • Overview of externally funded projects
  • List of publications in the last five years
  • Up to 8 works for assessment
  • A short document (2 pages) giving a critical assessment of how the applicant would contribute to the further development of the research area in the faculty and network building with relevant external partners
  • Please provide references in the application

If you have any questions about uploading an attachment or other technical matters regarding the application, Jobbnorge customer service can be contacted. Contact information is provided as a link in the application form.

Relevant applications will be considered by an expert committee.

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview and a test of practical teaching skills.

Requests for exemptions from the public applicant list must be clearly justified and stated via the electronic application form. Applicants will be contacted if INN University cannot comply with the request (cf. § 25 of the Freedom of Information Act).

In Norway the state workforce should, as far as possible, reflect the diversity of the population. It is therefore a personnel policy goal at INN University to achieve a balanced age and gender composition and to recruit people with an immigrant background. If necessary, the working conditions are adapted for persons with disabilities. If applicants declare in their CV that they have a disability, this information may be used for registration purposes in connection with the target employment numbers.

We offer

  • An exciting and challenging job at a developing institution, dedicated colleagues and a supportive working environment
  • The position’s salary follows position code 1352 Post-doctor in the state's wage regulations, determined according to competence and experience

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

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