PhD Candidate in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Trondheim, Norway
Thursday, 5 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

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About the position

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Psychology as PhD Candidate in clinical child and adolescent psychology for a period of 3 years. The position as a PhD Candidate is a fixed -term position with the primary goal of qualifying for a doctoral degree.

The position is at the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS).

In the TESS, a stratified random sample of 1000 children from the 2003 and 2004 birth cohorts in Trondheim, Norway, have been followed up biennially with extensive testing and observations from age 4 to 14 years.

At present, there are 8 professors/associate professors, 2 Postdoctoral Fellows, 7 PhD Candidates, and 6 research assistants at the TESS. We have a good working environment and long-standing experience in supervising PhD students.

Main duties and responsibilities

The topic of the PhD is explaining individual variations in the emergence and course of emotional disorders, deliberate self-harm and eating problems from childhood to adolescence. Explanatory variables will focus on social (e.g., family, friends), personal (e.g., emotion regulation, self-esteem, cognition, and personality) and bodily (pubertal development and timing, body composition) factors and their potential differential importance to girls and boys.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in clinical child and adolescent psychology or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

We further require:

  • A completed masters’ degree in psychology or equivalent.
  • Knowledge or interest in statistical modelling
  • Good written and/or oral English and Norwegian language skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

In the evaluation and ranking of candidates we will emphasize the following:

  • Previous research experience
  • Documented knowledge about mental health problems in childhood and adolescence and their origins
  • Personal requirements (listed below)
  • Being motivated to contribute to a good working environment.

Personal characteristics

  • independence
  • solution-oriented
  • ability to work cooperatively
  • ability to follow through work plans

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is three years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Social Sciences with specialization in Psychology.

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

It is prerequisite that the successful candidate is present and available at the Department of Psychology. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to professor Lars Wichstrøm, Phone 73590741/91897856, Email
Questions about the application process can be directed to Kirsten Sjolte, Phone 73559476, Email

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Relevant certificates and diplomas must be submitted in English or a Scandinavian language. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI): Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

The application number is SU-374.

Application deadline: 15.01.2020

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Department of Psychology

Our research and teaching are based on five perspectives: biological, cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology. We offer a clinical programme in psychology as well as study programmes in the psychology of learning and in work and organizational psychology. We have also three outpatient clinics in which we treat patients as part of the clinical programme. The Department of Psychology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Employer: NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality: Trondheim
Scope: Fulltime
Duration: Temporary
Place of service: Dragvoll