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Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Global Science Opera

Deadline: 16.08.2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports has four departments with staff in Bergen, Sogndal and Stord. This Faculty is one of the largest teachers training institutions in the country with around 6200 students and a staff of 550, offering kindergarten teacher training, primary and secondary school teacher training for Classes 1-7 and 5-10, practical pedagogical education and Bachelor’s, Master's and PhD programmes.

The faculty will offer an extensive programme of continuing and further education. Research activities at the Faculty are organised into research programmes and research groups.

The Department of Arts Education has 70 employees in Bergen, Sogndal and Stord. The academic field covers music, drama and applied theatre and arts and crafts. The department offers education at bachelor, master, one year programmes and continuing and further education levels. The department also provides education in its academic field in nursery and primary/lower secondary level teacher training and contributes to the faculty’s PhD programme Education and Didactic Practices.

The department aims to be in the forefront of school and professionally oriented competence development in its academic fields, and to be a driving force in the development of arts education at a high level and with a clear relevance for the fields of nursery, school and culture. Employees at the department are involved in research that is relevant to our education and participate in professional networking both nationally and internationally.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports (FLKI) has one available position as Postdoctoral fellowship in the Global Science Opera for two years

The proposed Post-doc position will be dedicated to data analysis and publication of results about the Global Science Opera as an exemplification of a global classroom. Scientifically, these will be done in a Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) context by relying on the RRI foundation of the European projects which FLKI researchers are/were responsible for the implementation of in Norway and globally. The postdoc fellow will have access to data generated in the following three contexts, all of which are coordinated at FLKI campus Stord: 1. The EU Erasmus+ project GSO4SCHOOL. 2. The EU Erasmus+ project CASE. 3. The Global Science Opera (www.globalscienceopera.com).

Key duties- and responsibilities:

  • Data analysis
  • Leading role in authoring 5 peer-reviewed publications.
  • Team member of the Global Science Opera and the EU Erasmus+ project GSO4SCHOOL.


  • PhD in a field relevant for the postdoctoral fellowship, as for example (but not limited to) arts education (e.g. music, drama, dance, visual arts, film), ICT in education, science education, general education. (The applicant must have a PhD or on the application date have received a confirmed date for the defense).
  • Documentation of portfolio of peer-reviewed publications whereof at least one as main author.
  • Experience with international networks.
  • High-level proficiency in English is required.
  • Fluency in multiple languages is an added value.
  • Experience with the development and implementation of European Union (or other multi-national) Research & Development initiatives is an added value.

Other qualifications:

  • We are seeking a team-player who is able to negotiate risky, innovative and complex educational environments.
  • We are seeking a fellow with an extensive working capacity.

Application procedure:

To apply for this position, please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The applications will be assessed by the information entered in www.jobbnorge.no at the application deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date, including the scientific work (up to 15 pieces), complete publication list, certificates and diplomas. If the diplomas, transcripts or other documentation are not in a scandinavian language or English, the applicant must upload the certified transactions himself. If the attachments exceed 15 MB, they must be compressed before uploading or attaching as a link.

The applications will be sent electronically to the expert committee. Based on the committee's recommendation, qualified applicants will be invited to an interview and an trial lecture. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

We offer:

  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

The position as Postdoctoral Fellow is paid according to the Government's salary regulation, in position code 1352 - Postdoctoral fellowship

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no/en for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. Applicants may be called in for an interview.


1) Head of Department Oded Ben-Horin,, phone : +47 53 49 14 56, +47 41 57 71 45, mail: [email protected]

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