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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Special Needs education

Deadline: 11.06.2020

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education -the Department of Education

The position

At the Department of Education at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway a position is available for a Postdoctoral research fellow in Special Needs education, affiliated with the project Early intervention for children at risk of reading disorders in Northern Norway.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of 3 years. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant is able to carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No person may hold more than one fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The postdoctoral fellowship is physically located in Tromsø.

The project of research

The position is affiliated with a new research project funded by The Research Council of Norway. The project “Early intervention for children at risk of reading disorders in Northern Norway: A cluster randomised trial” is designed to improve decoding skills and reading comprehension in young students identified to be at risk for reading failure.

The post holder will be responsible for managing the practical execution of data collection, supervising research assistants, and reducing and analysing the data. These responsibilities will be carried out in conjunction with Principal Investigator Professor Trude Nergård Nilssen and co-PI and Professor Monica Melby-Lervåg.

The research team offers a stimulating and international environment with a collaborative work atmosphere. The successful candidate will be provided with excellent opportunities for working in an international network of leading experts within the field.

All candidates must submit a statement of their vision for how they will strengthen research activitie.


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We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic candidate with excellent data analysis and communication skills, who is both able to work independently and liaise with colleagues. The successful candidate should hold a doctoral degree and have published peer-review articles in indexed journals. The PhD would ideally be within the field of special needs education, educational psychology or cognitive psychology but related disciplines may be considered.

The work will require substantive expertise within the field of dyslexia and developmental language disorders, and/or cognitive psychology. In addition, the successful candidate will have (1) outstanding organizational skills, and a proven track record in delivering in due course, (2) experience from administering clinical and experimental language and cognitive assessments, and (3) advanced quantitative data analyses and demonstrated proficiency in using statistical software (e.g., MPlus, SAS, SPSS, R).

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you are at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You should have dissertated before the preferred start-up date of the position.

Documented fluency in both Norwegian and English is required.

During the assessment emphasis will be put on the candidates potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Moderate gender quota: UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in academic positions. In cases where two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

If you receive a personal overseas research grant from NFR it is possible to apply NFR for an extension of the fellowship period corresponding to the length of the stay abroad (minimum three months, maximum 12 months).


The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

  • Application letter outlining your interst in the position, max 3 pages
  • Vision statement for research activities (max 2 pages)
  • Description of your past research project and its relevance to the advertised position (max 1 page)
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 3 references, including the PhD supervisor
  • Documentation of profiency in the Norwegian language
  • A list of your academic production
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.

The documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants. The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability

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.

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