Postdoctoral fellow in interdisciplinary applied health and welfare technology

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 code 1352) within interdisciplinary applied health and welfare technology.

The position will contribute to strengthening the knowledge base within applied health and welfare technology. This is a focus area in the faculty. It is 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 ph.d.-programme health and welfare (under accreditation). The postdoctoral fellow will be associated with a relevant research group at the faculty.

Applied health and welfare technology in the actual context means the use of technological innovations that contribute to increased security, safety, social participation, mobility and physical and cultural activity, or can be applied in education and students’ skills training. Several research projects are already in process at the faculty, for example the use of virtual reality (VR) in students’ skills training, in relation to patients’ mental or physical health, peoples experiences of nature in a health promotion perspective, the VR effect on pain relief and with the EU-project GO GREEN ROUTES.

The interdisciplinary perspective at the faculty is represented by health sciences, social sciences, sports sciences and public health sciences. Relevant topics can be based on one or more of these scientific approaches and link them to innovations, different social arenas and/or relevant user groups. In the face of future demographic challenges and not least those related to health promotion work, health and welfare technology can be an important tool, for example in cases of cognitive impairment, mobility and physical and cultural activity, loneliness, home-based service recipients and related to learning, participation and inclusion in society. Relevant projects will explore how health and welfare technology can be integrated and strengthened within an applied perspective, as well as the challenges and barriers, experiences, innovations, opportunities and strategies associated with this.

  • 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 for competence for the research fellow



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 applied health and welfare technology
  • Some knowledge of the Nordic Welfare model and 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 applied health and welfare technology
  • Broad clinical and research experience in the field of applied health and welfare technology
  • The candidate must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the subject areas through clinical competence or experience with interdisciplinary collaboration within the subject area
  • 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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