Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Performance in Complex systems

Deadline: 02.11.2021

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.

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.

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The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Performance in Complex systems

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Human Performance in Complex systems. The position is associated with the Department of Maritime operation and reports to the Head of Department.

The appointment is for a term of 2 years, and start date will be agreed with the dean of the Faculty.

The place of employment is the University of South-Eastern Norway, Campus Vestfold.

Responsibilities and duties

We are seeking applicants who have interest and ability to conduct high quality research, within an EU funded project focusing on academic industry research collaboration. The successful applicant is expected to be actively engaged in ENHANCE project. The candidate will be expected to work with our national and international project partner, travel for extended research stays at international institutions located throughout Europe and Asia, conduct research activities, write reports and communicate with the project consortium and also support in administrative tasks. The candidate will be required to participate in international travel and exchange for extended collaboration with our consortium partners (lasting several months in duration at a time). Travel for up to 18 months during the 2 year employment period is a requirement for this position in carrying out research duties for ENHANCE, also requiring a high degree of independence and communication skills. The candidate will work closely (under supervision) with professor Salman Nazir and associate professor Steven Mallam in Training and Assessment Research Group (http://targlab.com).

A brief background on the ENHANCE project:

ENHANCE specifically investigates Human Performance issues for maritime applications by utilizing knowledge sharing between process and maritime industries. This project aims to bring together the expertise of engineers, psychologists, human factors specialists and operators to generate solutions to cope with technological development.

The project has two main objectives:

  • to better understand the human role in complex socio-technical systems through close collaborations between the academic and non-academic sectors, and
  • to deveop new training and performance assessment methodologies designed to enhance the human performance.


Applicants must have a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent education abroad within the topics of Natural Sciences, Human Factors, Training and Assessment (pedagogy), Cognitive rom all over the world. Significant flexibility in travelling and mobility (i.e. secondments in the project ENHANCE, https://enhance2020.eu) is expected from the candidate.

Psychology, or any relevant research field. The applicant must have gained the degree within application deadline.

The staff at the faculty work within subject teams to a large extent, and the candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and cooperate.

The nature of the project dictates that the applicant is creative, innovative and can work independently. An ideal candidate should have excellent communication and collaboration skills to be able to work in a muliticultural environment with colleagues and partners from all over the world. Significant flexibility in travelling and mobility (e.g. secondments in the project ENHANCE https://enhance2020.eu) is expected from the candidates.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Goog 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


The position as postdoctoral fellow (postdoktor) (code 1352): NOK 563 900 - 702 100 a year depending on seniority. In special cases, higher salary may be considered.

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. 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.

It is an aim of personnel policy that the academic staff of University of South-Eastern Norway should reflect the composition of the general population. It is therefore a personnel policy objective to achieve a balanced age and gender composition of the faculty and to recruit people from ethnic minority backgrounds. People from ethnic miniority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position.

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 M. Christiansen, email: [email protected] or
  • Professor in Training and Assessment/Head of Training and Assessment Research Group, Salman Nazir, email: [email protected]

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:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, research intererest and a statement on when the applicant can start the earliest if selected)
  • CV including certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • Doctoral dissertation
  • A 5-page (maximum) research plan with the topics of Human Performance/ENHANCE
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)
  • Documentation of English language profiency (i.e.: IELTS, TOFEL etc) if the applicant is not a natice English speaker or did not have instruction in English medium durin his/her university studies.

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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