Postdoctor Position in Environmental Psychology

Expiring today

Trondheim, Norway
19 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Sep 2019
SU- 361
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a two-year postdoc position without teaching duties at the department of psychology in the research group for “Citizens, Environment, and Safety”. The position is financed by the group’s collaboration in two interdisciplinary research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Across the course of the postdoc, each project will occupy 50% of the postdoc’s work time. The postdoc will be part of a thriving, international research group at the department with a larger number of national and international research projects.

The first project, DRIVERS, focuses on societal impacts of autonomous vehicles in goods and passenger transport. The psychological part in the project is to explore the attitudes and perceived impacts of autonomous trucks on professional truck drivers via a survey and by exploring the impact of different degrees of autonomy in the vehicles on the drivers’ behaviour in the truck (by means of eye-tracking research combined with accompanied driving.

The second project, PROTEIN 2.0 (some more information about the background can be found here), studies the potential of “animal” protein produced in alternative ways (e.g. in the lab). The role of the psychology team is to study the consumers’ attitudes to this type of food and potential barriers and facilitators of its marked implementation.

Main duties and responsibilities

The main duties of the postdoc researcher will be split between the two projects and will include:

  • Design, implementation, and analysis of larger scale quantitative surveys in both projects
  • Data curation and management (incl. support of data protection management and GDPR) in both projects
  • Writing scientific project publications and contributing to popular science publications and dissemination in both projects
  • Conference presentations of the project results from both projects
  • Representing the research group in project meetings of both projects
  • A study of truck drivers’ behaviour with eye-tracking glasses in DRIVERS

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 psychology or a closely related neighbouring behavioural science discipline or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in such a discipline 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

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

Other qualifications

  • Excellent and documented experience with quantitative empirical research (preferably in the field) is mandatory
  • Experience with quantitative analysis methods are mandatory, including mastery of a statistics suite such as R, STATA, SPSS, or the like
  • Publication experience in from international journals is mandatory
  • Good written and oral English skills are mandatory
  • A theoretical background in environmental psychology, social psychology, risk psychology, traffic psychology, or related disciplines will be considered a strong advantage
  • Experience with eye-tracking research is considered an advantage
  • Experience with large surveys is considered an advantage
  • Norwegian language skills are not mandatory but will be of advantage in implementing empirical research in the field in Norway

Personal characteristics

  • Good skills to connect to people in the field
  • Ability to work in interdisciplinary and international research teams
  • Ability to overcome obstacles in field research
  • Curiosity for new methodologies and topics
  • Ability to handle two projects at the same time

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 523 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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. It is essential that the successful candidate is present and available at the Department of Psychology in Trondheim.

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.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to Prof. Christian A. Klöckner, phone number (+47) 73591977, e-mail

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. Documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or Scandinavian in addition to the original. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI):

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU- 361 when applying.

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