Post-doctoral Researcher in English

Trondheim, Norway
29 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

A position as post-doctoral researcher in English linguistics and multilingualism is available at the Department of Teacher Education. The post is a fixed-term position for two years.

The project’s primary objective is to examine acquisition of English by multilingual language learners in Norwegian schools. The secondary objectives include examining the acquisition patterns of English L3 in Norwegian classrooms. The main focus will be on language awareness and language development, in particular the contrastive/comparative elements between the learners’ L1 and English for both spoken and written language at different age groups/levels of proficiency.

We will also define ‘standards’ or levels of what should be expected at the different levels of proficiency/ages to fulfil the learning outcomes in the curriculum for English. We will examine teachers and learners’ cognitive awareness of the language learning process and we will examine how students on the Master program in English education can best contribute to professional development and carry out their own research projects in multilingual classrooms. Read more about the project here.

The successful candidate will be employed on the Research Council of Norway-funded project "Acquisition of English in the multilingual classroom" from 1 September 2019 for two years.

Main duties and responsibilities

The post-doctoral researcher will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Collect and analyse data that consist of observations and recordings of classroom interaction between students and teacher, and students’ written texts
  • Carry out and analyse interviews with teachers
  • Carry out some transcription and coding of audio data
  • Present project results at conferences and co-author reports and publications

The successful candidate is obliged to follow the regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

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 a relevant field or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.
  • The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

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

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Desired qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Norwegian and another language in addition to English
  • Research experience from working with multilingual learners of English

Personal characteristics

  • Ambitious, self-motivated, and able to work independently
  • Proactive and able to work collaboratively in teams
  • Flexibility and adaptability

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

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

The successful candidate is required to live within commuting distance from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim

The period of employment is 2 years.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

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 Principal investigator Professor Eivind Nessa Torgersen, e-mail or Co-investogator Dr. Anna Krulatz, email

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to HR-consultant Aaste Line Strand,

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. Please refer to the application number SU-334 when applying.

Application deadline: 1 June 2019

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