NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

PhD Candidate in Mathematics Education/Mathematical Literacy

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
25 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2020
Ref
SU-498
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in mathematics education / mathematical literacy. The appointment is either for four years with teaching duties or three years without teaching duties. The position is associated with the research community for Disciplinary Literacy in School and Teacher Education at the Department of Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 
Project start is planned for 15 January 2021 or as soon as possible. 
The position is associated with the research community for Disciplinary Literacy in School and Teacher Education at the Department of Teacher Education, which is a strategic focus area of research at the department: https://www.ntnu.no/ilu/literacy
Mathematical literacy is about using the many representations of the written mathematical language (like text, symbols, graphs, models, sketches) to reason about and solve mathematical problems. 

The PhD candidate will be part of the research group Lesson design study & teaching resources at the Department of Teacher Education: 
https://www.ntnu.edu/ilu/lesson-design-study-teaching-resources

The candidate is expected to contribute to the development of theory and research on (1) lesson design studies and/or (2) (teacher interaction with (digital)) curriculum resources. Lesson design studies involve researchers working collaboratively with teachers in planning/designing, appropriating, conducting, observing, reflecting and redesigning mathematics lessons. (Teacher interaction with (digital)) Curriculum resources include studies of teachers designing and evaluating (digital and/or analogue) curriculum resources (e.g. (e-)textbooks) and learning environments that include such resources. New developments include platforms where teachers can design collaboratively, and innovative lesson/course design where the teacher becomes the facilitator of student learning and students develop their own learning path with the curriculum resources on offer (e.g. in challenge-based learning).     
Topics of particular interest to the research group within mathematics didactics include inquiry-based and/or challenge-based learning, mathematical literacy, and professionalization of mathematics teachers (e.g. as ‘(co-)designers of their own curriculum’). The PhD candidate is expected to contribute to this. 

Project start is planned for 15 January 2021 or as soon as possible. 

Duties of the position

  • Research in mathematical literacy
  • For a four-year appointment, 1/4 of the position will be devoted to teaching in mathematics education or other relevant duties at the Department of Teacher Education. 

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in mathematics education, mathematics or statistics, or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable 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, post doctor and research assistant.

  • Excellent written and oral English language skills
  • Strong enthusiasm for learning and teaching of mathematics

Preferred selection criteria

  • A master’s degree in mathematics education is an advantage 
  • It is considered an advantage if the candidate has had teaching experience. 

Personal characteristics

We are looking for a candidate who is self-motivated, structured, solution oriented, and contributes to a positive work environment. 

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 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is either for four years with teaching duties or three years without teaching duties. 

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Educational Sciences within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 criteria 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 a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Project proposal. including Research plan
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

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. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Svein Arne Sikko , e-mail: svein.a.sikko@ntnu.no, or Associate Professor Trygve Solstad, e-mail: trygve.solstad@ntnu.no.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR consultant Aaste Line Strand, e-mail: aaste.l.strand@ntnu.no

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. 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).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-498 when applying.

Application deadline: November 15th, 2020

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Department of Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education offers a full range of study programmes for primary and secondary education in Norway.

Our department supports several active research and development projects in learning, teaching, and school leadership and management, as well as artistic work. The Department of Teacher Education is part of the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences at NTNU. We offer an open and inclusive work environment.

Deadline 15th November 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Kalvskinnet

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