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PhD Research Fellowship in Digital Global Public Goods

Deadline: 19.01.2020

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of nine departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics.

The Department has near 950 students on bachelor level, near 450 master students, and over 180 PhD students. The overall staff of the Department is close to 250 employees, about 200 of these are full time positions. The full time scientific staff is 60, mostly Full/Associate Professors.

Flere stillinger fra Universitetet i Oslo

A PhD research fellowship in digital global public goods for health and development is available in the Information Systems group at the Department of Informatics and the University of Oslo.The fellowship period is three years devoted to researcher education. Based on qualification and interest, we will consider offering the candidate a fourth year consisting of teaching duties.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

About the position

Within a changing global landscape, governments and policymakers promote digital global public goods as one of the vital building blocks to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Still, our understanding of the nature of these goods is limited. This project will include empirical investigations of digital global public goods, the development of design and information systems theory and taxonomies, and engagement with key stakeholders in the global public health domain.

The candidate will be a part of the Health Information Systems Programme (HISP), and the empirical investigation takes as the outset the DHIS2 software used for health in developing countries. We expect the candidate to take an active part in the DHIS2 design lab and related research, design and development activities.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Master’s degree in information systems. Candidates with a relevant Master in public health, global health or equivalent may also be considered.
  • Experience with empirical research.
  • Interest in scientific research and motivation to contribute in a global research and innovation community and contribute to development.
  • Personal drive and social skills.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English. We will give priority to candidates fluent in a Scandinavian language, but this is not a requirement.


Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:



We offer

The Information Systems group is a thriving research and innovation environment. We are a leading ICT for Development research group, and we are the host of the DHIS2 software development. We are also the WHO Collaborating Centre for Innovation and Implementation Research for Health Information Systems Strengthening. We have strong ties to international partners in public health in developing countries, including universities, ministries of health, policymakers, donors and NGOs. Together, we offer the candidate an excellent environment to study digital global public goods as well as having an impact on their development and implementation.

  • Salary NOK 479 600 – 523 200 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

We will consider applications that include:

  • Cover letter explaining your fit for the position.
  • A brief (1-2 pages) statement of motivation and research interests related to this position.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications).
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcripts of records and letters of recommendation.
  • Documentation of English proficiency.
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to you, e-mail and phone number).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Applicants will be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Contact information

For technical questions regarding the application system, please contact HR Adviser Torunnn Standal Guttormsen, phone:+47 22854272, email: [email protected]

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