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PhD positions in e-health

Deadline: 21.11.2019

About the posts

Nord University, FSH, has vacancies for two PhD positions in e-health, in the area of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). The successful candidates will be admitted to the university’s PhD programme in Professional Practice, and will become a part of the newly established research group in e-health at the faculty.

Nord University

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 12,000 students and 1,400 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

The Faculty of Nursing and Health (FSH) Sciences educates competent and future-oriented nurses and specialists in health, care and practice-oriented research. We shall contribute to solving future challenges in health and welfare. The Faculty offers an inter-faculty PhD in Professional Praxis. The faculty for Nursing and Health Sciences has 2,400 students and 200 employees. The professional communities are organised into the following divisions: Nursing, Pharmaceuticals, and Social Education and Mental Health.

Read more: Nord.no/FSH

The position is temporary for three years.

The PhD project shall focus on the implementation and use of e-health systems in the healthcare service, e.g. electronic patient records (EPRs), electronic medication charts and welfare technologies. The research should, in particular, take into account the interplay between technical and organizational factors and that e-health always has a social dimension. Accordingly, some experience and understanding of healthcare practices and health personnel’s use of technology is an advantage.

Some research topics may be:

  • Organizational change through ICT.
  • Collaboration between actors in the healthcare service (hospitals, general practitioners, nursing homes and home care services) in a CSCW perspective.
  • ICT supported standardized patient pathways between healthcare levels.
  • Structured EPRs, for example, related to the reusing information for research and quality registers purposes.
  • Process and decision support in the health personnel’s workflow.
  • Interplay (interoperability) between different ICT system (for example, Profil, DIPS, MetaVision and current welfare technologies).
  • The flow of medication information and closed-loop medication management.

The projects are positioned within the CSCW research field and related socio-technical areas.

The research shall be conducted by interpretive (qualitative) methods. This includes participatory observations in real practices, as well as interviews of health personnel. We expect that the candidates will spend some time in the targeted practices to get an understanding of the practice, how technology implementations progress, and how users engage with technology in their daily work.

Some relevant study settings might be selected wards at Nordlandssykehuset and nursing homes in the Bodø area.

The applicants are asked to write a project description of 3-5 pages where they motivate for applying for this position, and where they also reflect on the potential and challenges of ICT implementation processes. In doing so, they are also encouraged to include some examples from their own experiences to the extent that these are relevant.

There is a duty of residence in Bodø. The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to be present at the department.


  • The candidates should have a relevant master’s degree
  • Some relevant working experience from the healthcare service is desirable.
  • Normally a B-grade master’s degree average is required.
  • The successful candidate has excellent written and verbal communication skills; we seek a person who is proficient in English and in a Scandinavian language.

The Faculty reserves the right not to hire applicants who are scientifically qualified but who do not meet other criteria such as language, educational abilities, experience of research or personal characteristics.

Signed form for permission to obtain assessment of foreign education (if applicable).

Ranking of qualified applicants

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Motivation for commencing and completing the PhD project.
  • Project description
  • Previous research experience and other relevant work expereince.
  • Themes and perspectives from the master’s study
  • Communication skills
  • Personal suitability for the position

We offer

The successful candidate will be a member of a fast growing, successful faculty at Nord University.

The majority of the faculty staff has an educational background in Nursing, Mental Health, Social Education or other health sciences. The position is compensated according to government regulations, kode 1017 LR 20, ltr 54, NOK 479.600,-. For especially qualified applicants can pay placement kode 1378 be considered. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s accomplishments.

We may also offer:

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund: Statens pensjonskasse
  • Creative and collegial working environment.
  • A workplace with steady progressive development.t
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Active university sports team.

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Candidates from ethnic minority groups are encouraged to apply. Nord University practises moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

Contact information

For further information about the position please contact:

  • Professor and leader of the e-health research group, Gunnar Ellingsen, email: [email protected] telephone: +47 91165215

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee. Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend interview and give a trial lecture. These will be decisive for the appointment. In the case that there is a large number of applicants, an internal committee may be convened to identify the most relevant candidates. These candidates will then be evaluated by an expert committee.


Applications must be submitted online by 21.11.2019.

The electronic application must contain:

  • Cover letter, including a description of Motivation for commencing and completening the PhD project.
  • Complete curriculum vitae CV (with an overview of education, employment history).
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and references.
  • Name, phone number and e-mail addresses for minimum two references.
  • A complete list of scientific production/academic work.

All documentation must be uploaded as attachments to the application. Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for applications.

Upon expiry of the application deadline, a list of applicants will be announced and made available to the public. Applicants who request confidentiality must provide specific grounds for consideration in their application. Please note that a request for confidentiality does not guarantee non-disclosure of information about your application. If you have applied for confidentiality, but the university does not find grounds to hold your application confidential, the university is obligated to notify you in advance of the announcement and give you the opportunity to withdraw your application.

Refnr. 30087211 and 30087212.

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