Postdoctoral Fellow in Education / pedagogy

Deadline: 31.08.2022

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.

We offer studies, research and knowledge dissemination, all targeting various professions and working life and with a high level of quality internationally. Our goal as a University is to create value both for the individual student and for business and commerce, the public sector and society in general. We achieve this by utilising the best tools we have: education and research.

USN is a University with a strong social commitment where studies and working life are integrated. At USN, we focus on practice-relevant, profession-oriented and applied research and education.

The students shall benefit from innovative educational methods and challenging studies closely associated with society's requirements and needs.

They will learn how to adapt to a society and working life that is constantly changing. The University shall meet major social challenges with knowledge and expertise, helping to promote practical solutions, structural changes and new ways of thinking. USN’s academic activities shall be embodied by a clear dedication to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The University aims to realise this main profile in close cooperation with society and working life.

For more information on USN, please go to www.usn.no

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a temporary position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Education/pedagogy

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences (TNM) has a vacancy of one or two positions as Postdoctoral Fellow within the frame of simulation training, maritime learning, the unforeseen and risk education.

The position is located at the Department of Maritime operations and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is campus Vestfold, Bakkenteigen.

Information about the position

The position will be connected to the SFU-coast and other research projects at the department.

Pedagogical research description can be in line with one of the following research topics:

Evaluation (i) of the current state-of-the-art training and assessment practices in Maritime

Education and Training (MET). The development (ii) of novel simulator training and assessment methods by considering technological advances. Develop tools (iii) for estimating transfer effectiveness ratio (TER). Curriculum research (iv) related to development of creativity and improvisation within the realms of the unforeseen and risk-education.

The appointment is for a term of two years


Applicants must have a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent in education or within the frameworks of learning and/or simulator practices. The successful applicant must have gained the degree before the start of her/his tenure.

A good command of Norwegian or other Scandinavian language is demanded from start, since the working language is Norwegian. 25 % of the allocated time will be related toteaching and mentoring of students, and also courses in university pedagogy (UH-PED) will be encouraged.

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 realize common objectives.

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • 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


Postdoctoral Fellow (postdoktor) (code 1352): NOK 563 900 - 702 100 a year, depending on seniority.

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

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for the appointment to academic positions at University of South-Eastern Norway. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Head of Department Atle Martin Christiansen, phone: +47 922 08 2929

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:

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:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • Master's thesis
  • A 5 page (maximum)project description
  • 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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