PhD Candidate in Vocational Pedagogy

Kalvskinnet, Norway
12 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A temporary position as PhD Candidate in Vocational Pedagogy is available at the Department of Teacher Education for a period of 4 years including one year with duty work. This is a position that will give promising research recruits opportunity for professional development in the form of a doctorate. The position is linked to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

The position is in the Section for Vocational Education, School Development and Educational Management. The Vocational Teacher Education Program includes a three-year bachelor’s program for vocational teachers in building and construction, electricity and electronics, healthcare, childhood and youth development, restaurant and food processing and technical and industrial production. Our business also includes professional didactics in flexible practical-pedagogical education, post-graduate courses for teachers and master’s degree in professional didactics, all for vocational teachers and instructors in different companies. Professional education at ILU is linked to an international network through the OPVET project, including researchers from Finland, Italy and Norway ( OPVET includes students in high school and vocational teacher education students in the bachelor’s program.

Job description

  • The PhD Candidate will be an important member of the research group STYRK, which aims to provide research-based knowledge at different levels: vocational education at schools and businesses, bachelor’s program in vocational teaching, master’s program in vocational and professional didactics and post-graduate courses in vocational teaching. The PhD Candidate may be able to immerse himself in vocational education in one or more of these levels/topics. Through this work, the candidate will contribute to the DTE role in developing new knowledge to ensure quality at different levels of vocational education. We want the PhD candidate to generate research-based knowledge that can further develop vocational education to ensure that it holds high academic and didactic quality and is adapted to the future needs of working life.

Possible topics for the PhD dissertation will be:

  1. vocational education in the upper secondary level
  2. vocational teacher education - at different levels
  3. internationalization within vocational areas

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 subject area that cover vocational education programs for the vocational teacher education program at the DTE (described above), 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.

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

It is desirable that the applicant has teaching experience. Ability to work independently and cooperatively will be given great importance. It is also desirable that the applicant speak and write Norwegian and English.

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently and focused
  • Ability to cooperate, and motivation to contribute to a good work environment and learning environment.

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 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is four years with  required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Educational Sciences at NTNU (

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.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Britt Karin Støen Utvær, phone number: +47 73590565, e-mail:,

or HR-consultant Aaste Line Strand,

About the application:

The application must include a description of a planned doctoral project with a range of 6-10 pages. The doctoral thesis project must address one of the three topics mentioned above. In the description, the applicant shall present research questions and research designs, anchor the study in relevant theory, outline current research methods and propose a progress plan for the doctoral project. The sketch will form the main basis for the assessment of the applications, together with the exam results, optionally also previous research experience and publications.

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. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-259 when applying.

Application deadline: 21.12.2018

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Department of Teacher Education

We are Norway’s largest academic community in teacher education and research on education, and we offer a complete portfolio of teacher education for primary and secondary schools. Our research and our performing art and educational development work are focused on the school, classroom and workshop. We develop knowledge about learning and education in a lifelong perspective. The Department of Teacher Education is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 21.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Kalvskinnet