Postdoctoral Fellow in Child Protection

Deadline: 04.04.2021

About the position

The Faculty of Social and Health and Social Sciences at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences is delighted to announce a temporary 100% Post-Doctoral position attached to the research environment working with child protection topics at the Department of Social Work and Guidance.

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 2020.

Our vision is "Stronger Together".

The position is open in the sense that we welcome projects relevant for all topics/fields within child protection work, included topics of the ongoing research project Decisions and Justification in Child Protection Service, financed by the Research Council of Norway.

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 successful 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 for the period of 3 years, with 80% research and 20% teaching/supervision in relevant topics. The position is among the faculty’s measures to strengthen the focus on child and family research.

Questions concerning the position may be directed to Astrid Halsa phone: +47 61 28 83 38 or e-mail: [email protected]


  • At the time of employment: Doctoral degree or degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree (PhD) relevant to the position / scientific competence at associate professor level within areas relevant for research within child protection service. If the candidate does not have the degree at the time of application, he or she will be considered for the position if the thesis is submitted for assessment.
  • Knowledge of Norwegian child protection welfare system and the practice field is preferable
  • Documented, relevant research production with scientific publications at a high - preferably international - level
  • Experience from work in areas relevant for child protection is preferable, but not required
  • Documentable popular science and other dissemination work, such as contributions to conferences, is desirable

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)].

Personal competence

  • The candidate must have good execution abilities
  • Be able to work independently
  • Have the ability to communicate well with partners and colleagues
  • Flexibility and independence are emphasized
  • General good ICT competence
  • 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

For more information on the formal qualification requirements, see Regulations on employment and promotion in teaching and research positions

If no applicant who meets the competence requirements for permanent employment has applied for the position, temporary employment in a lower position can be offered for up to three years, cf. §6-5 of the Universities and University Colleges Act.

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

How to apply

Application and CV are to be registered electronically via "Apply for position"

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

  • Application letter
  • A project plan of maximum 10 pages, containing an explanation of how the project will contribute to the development of research on child protection service. Further, the project plan must include milestones with regard to publication and national and international collaboration.
  • CV, diplomas etc. are to be registered electronically via "apply for position", and should include:
  • Comprehensive overview of education, diplomas, work experience, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, acquisition work, membership in research groups, and list of publications in the last five years.
  • Up to 5 works for assessment.
  • Coordination experience and other qualifying activities.
  • References

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. Comprehensive CVs, certified copies of diplomas and certificates, publication lists and documents/works to be considered must be submitted as electronic attachments or links to the application.

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).

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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