PhD Research Fellow in the ethics of immersive technologies

Deadline: 14.02.2021

University of South-Eastern Norway

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

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The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences have a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in the ethics of immersive technologies

About the position

The University of South-Eastern Norway’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has a vacancy for a full time position as PhD Research Fellow in the I-merse Research Group from August 2021.

The position is formally affiliated with the Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design. The place of employment is at the University’s Campus Kongsberg.

The employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations, and there is a premise for employment that the PhD Research Fellow is enrolled in USN’s PhD program in Person-Centered Research within three months of accession in the position.

About the PhD-project

The vacant position will be part of the I-merse Research Group. It will be complementary to the Horizon 2020 project, Responsible Open Science in Europe, of which USN is a partner. The project’s objective is to explore, identify, and address the ethical and research integrity issues in the availability, use, and reuse of scientific data in immersive technology research in an OS environment. Specifically, it will a.) Provide an accurate description of the research ethics/research integrity (RE/RI) issues in the availability, use, and reuse of scientific data in immersive technology research in an OS environment; b) Explore how and if RE/RI instruments are sufficient to cope with the issues posed by immersive technology research in an OS environment; c) Provide recommendations to complement the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity for immersive technology research.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications in a relevant field with an average grade B or better from the Master degree. In addition a grade B or better of the final master project, is required. Background in Ethics and/or Immersive Technology will definitely be a plus. The applicant must have gained the degree within the application deadline. Applicants must have an excellent command of written and spoken English.

The candidate should have competency, willingness and interest in learning the relveant topics to the PhD project and associated areas such as knowledge of the principles and theories of research ethics, research integrity, open science, research methods and immersive technology research. In addition to formal qualifications, the candidate must have a personal motivation for research, ability to work independently and focused, ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives. The candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and to collaborate closely within the research group.

We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 482 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Other relevant certificates (if applicable, must be specified)
  • Motivation letter specifying the applicant’s preliminary ideas on how to go about with the project
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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