PhD Fellow in Developmental Psychopathology

Dragvoll , Norway
12 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Psychology as PhD Fellow in developmental psychopathology for a period of 3 years. The position as a PhD Fellow is a fixed -term position with the primary goal of qualifying for a doctoral degree.

The PhD candidate will report to the head of the department.

The position is at the Human Development Research Centre, located at the Department of Psychology. The data to be used are from 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.

Job description

The data to be used are from the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS). The topic of the PhD is explaining why girls more often than boys develop emotional and related disorders (e.g., anxiety and depression) during early 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.

At present, there are 7 professor’s/associate professor´s, 3 post docs and 7 PhD students at the Human Development Research Centre. We have a good working environment and long standing experience in supervising PhD students.

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 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.

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

We further require:

  • A completed masters’ degree in psychology (5 years), or equivalent.
  • Knowledge or interest in statistical modelling

In the evaluation and ranking of candidates we will emphasise previous research experience, documented knowledge about mental health problems in childhood and adolescence and their origins, personal requirements (listed above), and 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 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 three years without teaching duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Social Sciences

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 Professor Lars Wichstrøm, phone. 73590741/91897856, e-mail Questions about the application can be directed to Senior Executive Officer HR Kirsten Sjolte 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.

Submit your application electronically with your CV, diplomas and certificates via Applications and documents received after the deadline will not be included in the assessment. Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas.

Please refer to the application number SU-269 when applying.

Application deadline: 10.12.2018.

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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.

Deadline 10.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll