Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Democracy and Citizenship in Education

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

About the position

A temporary Post-doctoral position is available at the Institute for Teacher Education (, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim Norway, for a period of 2 years for which you are invited to apply. An extension to three years of employment can be discussed based on the Institute's current needs at the time of accession.

The social studies section members participate actively in national and international research networks, and teach subjects included in the five-year master's program in elementary school teacher education, in teacher education, practical-pedagogical education and 2-year master's degree programs in social studies. The section is also responsible for teaching didactics in history, geography, and religion, as well as bachelor in archive and collection management.

The Post-doctoral fellow will be affiliated to the section for social studies, and the research group Democracy and Citizenship in Education (DACED) The group currently consists of members with projects in the field of democracy and education. We aim to expand and develop international research collaboration. The project should contribute to understanding of current political changes and challenges to democracy, and accompanying debates on citizenship, inclusion, exclusion and participation. We welcome all applications within the broad scientific field of democracy and citizenship in education. We mention participation, citizenship and social movements in particular, as well as critical aspects of democracy and citizenship as important to our research group.

Job description

  • Contribute to the section’s research activities
  • Participate actively in further development of scholarly communities.
  • Dissemination of research to the professional field.
  • If extended to three years, additional 33% workload of teaching and tutoring, work with international applications, conferences or the like.

The post doctor is expected to take part in common meetings, and contribute to development of projects using own experiences from research and preferably experiences from international collaboration. Working language will be English. To apply for a permanent position at the Institute of Teacher Education the researcher needs to master the Norwegian language at an acceptable level. Language courses will be given.

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in social sciences or -didactics relevant to the field democracy and citizenship, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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

Other qualifications

  • Phd thesis relevant to the field of democracy and citizenship in education.
  • Experience from international research collaboration is valued,
  • Required languages: Fluent English skills oral and written. Willingness to qualify for Norwegian language.

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

Personal characteristics

Research creativity and autonomy in combination with sociability and collaborative ability are desired characteristics.

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

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

is a position where the tasks will give the opportunity to gain research experience in scientific work and methods.

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 professor Trond Solhaug, phone number: +47 99104310, e-mail:, or Head of social studies section Gunnar Grut, phone number: +47 98093322, e-mail:,

or HR-consultant Aaste Line Strand,

Applications should include:

  • A publication list.
  • Relevant samples of publications (no more than five).
  • A project description of no more than four thousand words within the scientific field of ‘democracy and citizenship in education’.
  • A CV with information on education, previous research experience, together with authorized documentation of certificates and study records. Fluent English skills are required.
  • Contact information for personal references (maximum four).

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-272 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 Fixed Term
Place of service Kalvskinnet

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