PhD Position in Counselling Sciences

Dragvoll, Norway
13 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has a vacancy for a PhD position in counselling sciences. The position is temporary for a period of three years, without teaching duties. This is an educational position that shall provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD. The Faculty of Social and Educational Science will be the employer. The working place will be at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning.

The PhD position is related to the COIN (COllaboration and INnovation) research group and the project "Relational Welfare: Interdisciplinary Cooperation in Welfare Services." The PhD position is geared towards the following topics and issues: exploring barriers and possibilities used to strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation in welfare services to achieve more comprehensive and coherent work for children, adolescents and/or adults.

Political objectives as well as research-based knowledge indicate that interdisciplinary cooperation will lead to better welfare services. Although both national guides and research for decades have highlighted the need for interdisciplinary cooperation, the quality of welfare services have failed to improve. There is a great need for theory development and empirical exploration of co-creation and relational welfare, in order to develop welfare services that contribute to sustainable communities and services.

The long-term goal of the project is to develop research-based and practical knowledge of interdisciplinary cooperation both at individual, team, organizational and social levels. If the municipalities are to succeed in advancing their welfare services, the municipal sector must build capacity for interdisciplinary cooperation and innovation processes in order to ensure the development of future sustainable practices. In addition, relational welfare solutions and co-creation must be developed and investigated. It is also imperative to explore how best to lead such developmental work.

Job description

The applicant is required to prepare one or more relevant issues for this thematic context and outline a description (3-5 pages) of a current and possible doctoral thesis, in order to apply for admission to the PhD program in Educational Sciences.

The fellow student will work with the research project and be associated with research and development work within the Central for Relational Welfare and Co-operation. The main supervisor will be from the field of advisory science.

Qualification requirements

The position as a fellow student has as its main objective to qualify for work in research positions. To qualify the applicant must have completed a master's degree (equivalent to 120 credits) academically based within advisory, pedagogy, psychology, social work, or an equivalent education, graded to a B or better, in conjunction with NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants without letter grades from previous studies should have an equally good academic basis. Applicants with weaker grades may be considered if it is documented that the candidate is particularly suitable for a PhD.

It is desirable that applicants have experience or good knowledge of Nordic welfare services and municipal organization.

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

Additional requirements

  • For admission to the PhD program, the applicant must normally have a five-year master's degree, according to NTNU's PhD Regulations.
  • A graduate / master's degree in advisory science or equivalent education (eg, pedagogy, psychology, health science, social studies).
  • High level language skills, both verbal and written, in Norwegian and English

Personal characteristics

We are looking for a person who works independently, but who also has strong collaborative skills, as well as an interest in innovation.

Personal qualities as those mentioned above, and also a motivation to contribute to a good working environment, will be emphasized in the review of applicants. In assessing the most qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal aptitude as well as motivation for the position.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is three years without required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Educational Sciences at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning.

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 may be addressed to Professor Ottar Ness: (tel +47 - 90 12 53 12) or Associate Professor Camilla Fikse: (tel. +47 - 93 20 94 65). Questions about the appointment process may be addressed to HR-adviser Erik Lunde: (tel +47 - 73 55 91 39)

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.

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. 

Reference number for the position: SU-271 

Application deadline: 09.12.2018

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

We develop knowledge about the processes of learning and individual development in the interaction between people, the environment and society – in a world where rapid changes demand constant adaptation. Our research and teaching include topics such as childhood, education and working life in a lifelong perspective, and our interdisciplinary environment has roots in both the social and educational sciences. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 09.12.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Dragvoll

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