Research Fellow

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

Job description

Applications are invited for a four-year position as PhD Research Fellow attached to the research group “Knowledge, Learning and Governance in Higher Education and Work “ (HEDWORK) at the Department of Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo. The HEDWORK research group investigates the dynamic interplay between knowledge, learning and governance in higher education and in knowledge-intensive work. The group comprises researchers with different interdisciplinary backgrounds and offers an internationally oriented and stimulating research environment. More information about research topics and projects covered by HEDWORK can be found on the research group’s website:

In the coming years HEDWORK wants to focus more on the relationships between leadership and governance in universities and colleges, and the quality of higher education. To contribute to this agenda a position is open for a PhD candidate who takes interest in studying educational leadership and governance at various levels in Norwegian higher education as well as the interactions among the levels of relevance for quality work in universities and colleges. The PhD project is expected to contribute to an improved knowledge basis with respect to dynamics of change and the basic framework conditions for the quality work with respect to the educational activities in higher education.

Within this agenda, the position offers a range of policy-related, theory-driven research opportunities. The specific research questions to be addressed are not pre-determined but preference will be given to applicants with proposals that specify one or two of the following approaches:

  • Examining trends in the governmental and institutional policies, strategies and practices with respect to institutional leadership and governance
  • Applying appropriate theoretical perspectives for explaining the development of educational leadership and governance and its relationship to the quality of higher education over time
  • Contributing to the HEDWORK’s ambitions of developing improved and systematic data on higher education quality

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 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. For more information, please see our web site:

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in education or another relevant academic field. The master’s degree (120 ECTS) must have a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in a Scandinavian language and English
  • Good knowledge in higher education studies.

Personal skills

In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be put on

  • 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

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

Prof. Bjørn Stensaker, or

Prof. Peter Maassen,