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Research Fellow within the subject area of Behavioral Emotional and Social Difficulties

Deadline: 01.09.2019

Job description

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 Special Needs Education is one of the three departments at UiO's Faculty of Educational Sciences. The department has today approximately 25 permanent employees that work with research, 14 temporary research fellows and postdoctoral fellows, in addition to 12 administrative employees. The department has approximately 800 students distributed between bachelor- and master’s degree studies in Special Needs Education, master’s degree studies in Special Needs Education, as well as PhD-studies.

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Applications are invited for a position as a Research Fellow within the subject area of social and emotional difficulties at the Department of Special Needs Education at the University of Oslo.

The Department of Special Needs Education is one of the three units at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. It focuses on basic and applied research and education of bachelor-, master- and doctoral level candidates within the field of special needs education in Norway. One central topic within special needs education concerns behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Behavioural, emotional and social problems are focused both in bachelor and master programs as well as in research at the Department.

Behavioral, emotional and social difficulties may include externalized as well as internalized problems. Both contextual and individual factors can influence the difficulties. The difficulties may also vary in extent and degree. We are seeking motivated candidates who have interest in different aspects of behavioral, emotional and social difficulties. Projects focusing on prevention of the difficulties and/or strategies for helping are relevant. Projects can either be based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed methodological approaches.

The research fellow will participate in one of the Departments research groups.

More about the position

The fellowship period is up to 4 years, with 3 years devoted to research education. The position entails a compulsory work load of 25% that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD program. This normally includes:

  • Documented successful completion of a Master’s degree program (120 ECTS) or similar higher education program in the subject area in question or in another relevant subject area.
  • Minimum B grade or equivalent for the Master’s degree (ECTS grading scale).
  • Good English language skills both in reading, writing and speaking are also required.

Personal skills

In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be put on:

  • The applicant’s academic aptitude for completing the research training program
  • The project description, which must be submitted with the application
  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the post, including his/her ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community
  • Other qualifications that meet the objectives which form the basis of this type of post

We offer

  • Salary NOK 479 600 - 523 200 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Research Fellow (position code 1017). Research fellows are normally allocated pay grade 54 on appointment.
  • A positive and stimulating working environment
  • Pension arrangements in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

How to apply

The application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:

  • Letter of application describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Project description (8-10 pages, cf. guidance)
  • Completed application form for admission to the doctoral degree programme (see this page)
  • Certified copies of diplomas, grade transcripts and any other testimonials
  • In the event of diplomas from other countries: printouts of prospectuses or similar that describe the content and framework of the courses of study on which the application is based.
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works that may be of relevance to the application.
  • CV that also includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific works.
  • Applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries where English is not the official language must attach a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 unless they have a diploma from a university in an English-speaking country.

Incomplete applications will in normal circumstances not be assessed.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign 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).

Further information on admission requirements and an application form can be found at this website.

As a rule, interviews will be conducted as part of the appointment process. At the interview the applicant will be asked to present original diplomas and grade transcripts from previous courses of study.

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 and 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.

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