Postdoctoral Fellow in Simulation based Education and Training

Deadline: 08.10.2023

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.

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Faculty of Technology, Natural Science and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a temporary post as Postdoctoral Fellow in Simulation based Education and Training

About the position

The Faculty of Technolgy, Natural Science and Maritime Sciences (TNM) has a vacancy for a temporary full-time post as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Maritime Education and Training from 01.01.2024 - 31.12.2025.

The post relates to the Department of Maritime operations, and the immediate superior is the Head of the Department. The main place of work is currently campus Vesfold in Horten.

The position will be connected to the SFU Centre of excellence in Maritime Simulator Training and Assessment "Coast", focusing on the use of simulator in education and training primarily within the maritime domain, an extra focus will be on implementation of new technology like VR and AR.

The appointment is for a term of two years.

Responsibilities and duties

The position will be connected to research projects at the department, primarily towards the SFU Centre of excellence in Maritime Simulator Training and Assessement "Coast". This centre is a collaboration between the four maritime universities in Norway (NTNU, HVL, UiT and USN) lead by USN.For more infomation please look at www.norway-coast.no.

Pedagogical research description can be in line with one of the following research topics:(i) Development and use of simulators and simulations to further enhance Maritime Education and Training. Evaluation (ii) of the current state-of-art training and assessment practices in (MET), with focus on computer assisted methods. The development (iii) of novel simulator training and assessment methods by considering technological advances like VR, XR and other upcoming technological development.


Applicants must have a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent education from abroad. The doctorate may be within fields related to the work with or development of simulations or simulators in an educational framework. The applicant must have gained the degree within the date of commencement of the position.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Master and PhD degrees in fields related to deliverables in the project.
  • Research publications on topics related to development of software for simulators or games.
  • Good command of research methods and statistical data analysis.

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 604 900 - 745 000 a year, depending on seniority. A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the empolyee's salary.

Additional 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. Short-listed candidates will be called for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

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

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

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act 25 2. Paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. Applicants will be notified if his/her request has been declined.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Professor Leif Inge Magnussen, email/phone: leif.magnussen@usn.no/+47 31 00 92 70

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:

  • HR Advisor Kari L. Foss-Pedersen, email: kari.foss-pedersen@usn.no

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway uses online application. We therefore ask applicants to register their application and CV with enclosures online by clicking on the “Send application” link.

 The application must include the following documents:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university.
  • A copy of PhD thesis.
  • A 5 pages (maximum) project proposal with description on how you can contribute to the project with your field of expertise.
  • Any scientifica publications and 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.

Click here to read more about the recruitment process for scientific posts at the University of South-Eastern Norway.

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the requested documentation has been uploaded with the application within 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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