PhD Fellowship in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

Trondheim, Norway
02 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
10 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Faculty of Medicine and Health science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for one PhD Fellowship in mental health for children and adolescents at the Department of Mental Health (IPH). The workplace will be at the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare (RKBU Central Norway).

This position is 100% over a period of 4 years and includes teaching duties.

The Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare (RKBU) of Central Norway is engaged in research, development, teaching and dissemination in the fields of child and adolescent mental health and child welfare. For more information about RKBU, please visit:

This research is a part of the IDDEAs project which  will also announce a position for PhD fellowship at Department of Computer Science at NTNU.

Project description

IDDEAS, Individual Digital Decision Assist System, is an innovation and research project aiming to improve care in mental health services for children and adolescents and their families using health information technology. RKBU Central Norway collaborates with the Norwegian Child and Adolescent Mental Health association (N-BUP), Department of Computer Science at NTNU and  patient organisations and international partners (including Harvard Medical School and University of San Francisco). The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR).

IDDEAS will use existing data, together with clinical guidelines to develop a web-based decision support system for professionals working with child and adolescent mental health, i.e. doctors, psychologists and social workers.

Very quick digitization of health data, led by the adoption of electronic health records, has created tremendous opportunities to support diagnostic and treatment processes with analysis of information from beyond the exam room. In this process, clinical decision support system has emerged as one of the best  ways in which artificial intelligence is impacting healthcare.

IDDEAS, Individual Digital Decision Assist System will aid in the individual treatment by providing the professionals with support models for prevention, diagnoses and treatment of mental disorders that may arise in children and adolescents.

This PhD project will be supervised by Prof. Norbert Skokauskas (NTNU) and Prof. Bennett Leventhal (University of San Francisco).

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 equivalent education with a strong academic background in health sciences, medicine, psychology, social work,  applied sciences 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.

  • A master's degree or equivalent education within the field of health sciences, medicine, psychology, social work or applied sciences
  • Good written English and Norwegian (Scandinavian) language skills
  • Interest in mental health and interactive technologies  

Personal characteristics

  • Resourceful and able to work systematically and independently
  • A desire to work in an interdisciplinary and international research environment.
  • Able to communicate and collaborate across professional divisions

Motivation and personal suitability for the position will be emphasized. Potential candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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 3 years, full time. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, within three months after employment.

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.

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. In order for RKBU to get a more balanced gender composition, we encourage men to apply for this position.

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.

About the application:

The candidate's personal qualifications and motivation for the position and the project must be shown in the application. In addition, the following information must be included in the application as an attachment:

  • CV
  • Relevant transcripts and diplomas, including diploma supplement
  • Certificates from previously relevant employment
  • Publication list, if applicable

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

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.  Applications are evaluated based on information posted on It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all relevant information is submitted within the deadline.

Application deadline: 10.05.19

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Norbert Skokauskas by email: or phone: +47 73 55 89 73

Questions about the application process can be directed to: HR consultant Toril H. Sæther by email: or phone: +47 73 41 22 83

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Deadline 10.05.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Klostergata 46

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