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PhD Research Fellow in the subject area of Multilingualism in Education
Universitetet i Oslo
The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.
The Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) is one of three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo, which also has a permanent center.
ILS is a leading institution in the fields of subject didactics, school leadership and practice-relevant school research. It hosts Norway's first Centre of Excellence in Education, ProTed – a joint project between the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø.
EKVA (Unit for quantitative analysis in education) is also part of the department, as well as four interfaculty research groups (CLEG, TEPEC, SISCO and LEA).The Department enrols 400 students in the Teacher Education Programme (PPU) and administers the university’s Graduate Teacher Education Programme (Lektorprogrammet) with about 300 new students each year. About 200 students follow the Master Programme in Educational Leadership. ILS also manages the study programme Teach First Norway in cooperation with the City of Oslo Education Agency and Equinor.
The Department of Teacher Education and School Research has approximately 40 administrative and 100 academic staff.
Applicants are invited for a 4 year position as PhD Research Fellow with a particular focus on the subject area of multilingualism in education at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo.
During the past decades, research on multilingualism in education has undergone transformation; developments in society caused by globalisation have created new concerns in schools and communities, to which educational researchers must respond. The announced position is related to this ongoing work, and the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to sustaining, developing and strengthening the interdisciplinary research and teaching on multilingualism in education.
In addition, it is expected that the successful candidate is affiliated with the research group “Challenges of Sustainability in Educational Research” (COSER) where one of the strands is multilingualism in education. More information about research topics covered by COSER can be found on the research group’s website (see this page). We invite applicants to formulate their own project connected to multilingualism in lower secondary school, upper secondary school and/or adult education in Norway. Possible themes of relevance could include, but are not limited to:
- Students’ oral, written and digital multilingual practices inside or within school subjects and outside of school
- Orientations towards multilingualism in education from the perspectives of students, bilingual/subject teachers, parents/guardians and/or stakeholders
- Mother tongue teaching (morsmålsopplæring) and bilingual subject teaching (tospråklig fagopplæring) in lower and upper secondary school, support provided by language assistants in adult education
- Tensions around pedagogical uses of multilingual resources
The announced position is open to a variety of qualitative methodological approaches, such as linguistic ethnography.
More about the position
The fellowship period is up to 4 years, with 3 years devoted to research education. The position entails a compulsory work load of 25%, that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance.
The research fellow must take part in the faculty’s approved PhD program, and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.
The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.
For more information, please see our web site.
The place of work for this position is Oslo.
Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the faculty´s PhD programme.
This normally includes:
- Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in the subject area in question or in another relevant subject area
- A Master’s degree (120 ECTS) with a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS, with a minimum grade B.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language)
- Applicants must have at least one language subject as part of their degree, either at the Master’s or at the Bachelor’s level
- Project relevance to multilingualism in education as an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching.
- Familiarity with the Norwegian or other Scandinavian school system will be considered an advantage.
- Knowledge of one of more languages used in minority communities in Norway to be used in the project will be considered an advantage
In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be placed on:
- The quality of the project description, the description of the research topic’s relevance to educational issues, the specific problems to be studied, the choice of scientific theory and method, and the proposed implementation plan for the study
- The applicant’s experience, personal suitability and motivation for the post, including the ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community
- The applicant’s academic attitude and motivation regarding completing the research training program
- Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research Fellow, (position code 1017)
- 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
- A stimulating and attractive working environment
How to apply and what to include in your application
The application must include:
- Cover letter, including statement of motivation and research interests
- A project description, including progress plan (8-10 pages) Please see our guidelines.
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
- Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only). Foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.
- Documentation of English proficiency (for information on required documentation, see information on this webpage)
- Master thesis
- A complete list of publications and academic works
- List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number)
Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: “Apply for this job”.
When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the project description and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.
For questions about the position, please contact:
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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.
The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.
Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.
If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.
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