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PhD Research Fellowship in Social Psychology

Deadline: 30.06.2022

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 Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Section for Method, Work, Cultural, and Social Psychology (MAKS)

Job description

A 3-4-year position as Ph.D. Fellow is available in the Section of Method, Work, Cultural, and Social psychology (MAKS) at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The position is associated with the social psychology group.

Read more about the project here.

More about the position

The fellowship is devoted to carrying out a Ph.D. project within the project "EMPOWER: Sustainable Batteries in Mobility - (Em)powering a Net-zero Energy Transition".

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on this topic in an interdisciplinary team. The work encompasses engaging with various stakeholders (interviews and semi-structured group settings), and designing, running, analyzing and reporting large-scale surveys. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with junior and senior colleagues who focus on material science, energy systems-modelling, education, law and a planetary boundary perspective. A solid background in psychology plus an openness for learning about these other perspectives on the topic are therefore needed to successfully complete this PhD. The required output are three related papers to be published in relevant, high-quality international peer-reviewed journals. The three papers will tackle the topic from different angles, and the respective study designs will use different methodologies with a strong quantitative and multi-level focus.

The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. A 4th year can be considered with the addition of 25 % teaching requirement, depending on the competence of the applicant and the needs of the Department. The research fellow must take part in the Department's approved Ph.D. program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

Qualification requirements

  • You hold a Master's degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent in psychology, preferably with a major in social or environmental psychology. Only applicants with a grade point average of A, B or C on the ECTS scale in their Master’s degree will be qualified for admission to the Ph.D. program.
  • You have excellent statistical skills, preferably documented through thesis work, publications, and courses, and a strong motivation to learn new quantitative methods.
  • You have a strong interest in the topic and the various perspectives on it.
  • You are comfortable speaking with people and leading discussions.
  • You speak and write English fluently.
  • You speak Norwegian or a related Scandinavian language.

Preferable qualifications

  • You have excellent ideas how to theoretically and empirically examine knowledge, attitudes and behaviors relevant to the sustainability of batteries in mobility in Norway.
  • You are knowledgeable of relevant processes at the individual, group and societal levels.
  • You have experience in qualitative research or are willing to learn qualitative research methods.
  • You are experienced in analyzing data using R, Mplus, or SPSS, including multi-level modeling.
  • You have a teaching interest in social and environmental psychology

Personal skills

  • You are ambitious to conduct high-quality empirical research and resilient to cope with setbacks in the process.
  • You are a team player, who is interested in co-developing research ideas and in playing an active role in the team – yet you also know (and like to) work independently.
  • You are open to learn new statistical methods and to bridge the gap between disciplines in developing creative and thought-provoking ideas how to study opportunities and barriers to sustainability.

We offer

  • A job opportunity in an interdisciplinary research team that is looking forward to working with you
  • A salary of NOK 491 200 - 534 400  per annum depending on qualifications.
  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • 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

Are you interested in this position?

Then send us the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages): explain to us why this job is just perfect for you and why you want to work with us.
  • A research statement (1 page): tell us about your research experience and what research ideas you have for this Ph.D. position.
  • Curriculum Vitae: summarize your education, positions, teaching experience and academic work and publications, including conference presentations.
  • Copies of publications/academic work (if any) that you wish to be considered by the evaluation committee, such as your master thesis
  • Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to you, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link "Apply for this job". International 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.

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Your academic achievements will be weighed against your employment history in academic positions, taking parental leaves into account.

Applicants may be invited 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 of 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 and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds. 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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