PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology

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Dragvoll, Norway
15 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Psychology as a PhD candidate. The position is a fixed-term position with the primary goal of qualifying for work in professional or academic research positions. This is one of four positions announced simultaneously, within the new PhD cluster S-MOB, the other three departments being the Department of Sociology and Political Science, the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (KULT), and the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology. 

The PhD project located at the Department of Psychology within the research group “Citizens, Environment, and Safety”, will study how consumers make trade-offs between different sustainability factors related to de-carbonizing transport. The student might for example study how the savings of CO2 emissions by acquiring an electric vehicle are balanced against increased environmental impacts of the production process of the vehicle (including resource use and ethical issues). It is widely unknown how consumers handle such multidimensional decision-making processes, where sustainability benefits on some dimensions need to be balanced against negative impacts on other dimensions. The project is expected to address this issue with a multi-method approach, combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies (e.g., interviews, focus groups, surveys, experiments, physiological measures, or eye-tracking). The student is expected to work in close collaboration with the other PhDs in the cluster, being able to benefit from insights of related disciplines in the same application area. 

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Design of data collections for the psychological part of the joint project, including structuring of the theoretical background, development / adaptation of measurement instruments, data curation, and data analysis.
  • Writing of academic papers both within psychology and in the interdisciplinary team of the PhD cluster
  • Presentation of the results in national and international fora and conferences
  • Dissemination of the findings to policy makers and other stakeholders

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

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

Other qualifications

  • Good knowledge and experience in behavioral science, preferably within some of the following areas; environmental psychology, social psychology or cognitive psychology. 
  • Methodological competence with an overall grade of at least B (or equivalent). Solid expertise with empirical work and the use of psychological research methods within at least some of the methods mentioned above
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience in interdisciplinary work will be regarded as an advantage 
  • Experience with scientific publishing is not required, but will be regarded as an advantage
  • Personal suitability to enter cross-disciplinary research teams. Suitable candidates should have the ability to cooperate, have good communication skills, be flexible and solution-oriented

Personal characteristics

  • Good skills on connecting 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, 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 479 600 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. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Social Sciences with specialization in Psychology. 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. 

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.

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

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Kirsten Sjolte, 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.

The candidate must include a tentative research statement of a maximum of five pages of text (not including notes, figures/tables, references, appendix). The application should also include a CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas, and a publication list.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered in the evaluation. 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-370 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.11.2019.

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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 15th November 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll