Research Fellow in Psychology

Oslo, Norway
12 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

Applications are invited for a PhD research fellowship in educational psychology with a focus on motivation, learning, and well-being at the Department of Education, University of Oslo. The fellowship period is 4 years (25 % teaching duties).

The successful candidate will join the Learning, Motivation and Well-being - research group. Currently, the research of the group focuses on i) the developmental relationships between motivation (e.g., interest, competence perceptions, goals, value beliefs), achievement and well-being, ii) situational dynamics in motivation (e.g., interest and self-efficacy) and task performance, and iii) the nature and role of personal characteristics (e.g., temperament and perfectionism) in motivation and well-being. Most studies also include a special emphasis on mathematics learning and gender differences. The candidate’s PhD work must fall within these themes, and she/he is expected to participate in the project planning, implementation, and data collection, and to conduct analyses and report results in international journals together with the senior experts.

More about the position

  • The fellowship period is 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 University’s/ Faculty’s/ Department’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. For more information, please see our web site.

Qualification requirements

  • Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent in education, educational psychology, psychology or a related field with minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS. Topic of the thesis related to motivation is an advantage.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Good communication skills and good proficiency in Norwegian is an advantage.

Personal skills

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

  • knowledge or experience in motivation research and quantitative methods
  • experience in analysing data using statistical packages such as SPSS, Mplus or R
  • the applicants’ academic and personal qualifications for completing the research training program
  • personal suitability and motivation for the position
  • good ability to collaborate nationally and internationally

We offer

  • salary NOK 449 400 – 497 000 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017 )
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • collaboration with colleagues and research groups within Norway and internationally

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter including statement of motivation and research interests
  • Project description (6-8 pages) (see guidelines for project descriptions)
  • Completed application form for admission to the doctoral degree program
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • 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.
  • All applicants must submit their Master’s degree Diploma and transcript(s). The transcript must specify the grade achieved on the Master’s thesis.
  • A complete list of publications and academic works.
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Incomplete applications will under normal circumstances not be assessed. As a rule, interviews will be conducted as part of the appointment process.

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). 

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the project description and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. 

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships 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.

Contact information

Professor Markku Niemivirta, email: