Postdoctoral Fellow in Vocational Education and Training Research

Trondheim, Norway
25 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
20 Mar 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position 

The Department of Teacher Education is announcing a full-time position as post-doctoral fellow. The appointment is for a term of 2 years. This is a fixed-term position with the primary objective of qualifying for work in top academic posts. The position represents an excellent opportunity for an individual to develop his/her career and to contribute to the further development of the field.

The position is linked to the research project International Comparative Research on Vocational Education and Training connected to the research groupInequality, Welfare and Organization, led by Associate ProfessorEli Smeplass.

The project focuses on generating ground-breaking research on the Norwegian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system in comparison to other countries’ training models. 
We seek a post-doctor who has good qualifications in methodology as well as theoretical knowledge related to educational systems in a comparative perspective. Relevant thematic areas are welfare and integration, organization, social relations and market mechanisms. 

Duties of the position

  • Contribute to research in Vocational Education and Training
  • Participate in implementation and reporting of projects
  • Contribute to the development of new perspectives on Vocational Education and Training systems
  • Contribute to joint applications for external funding
  • Administrative tasks related to own project
  • Ensure professional responsibility with the other academic staff members of the academic community

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD 
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in educational or social science
  • Language requirements – Scandinavian or English 
  • Documented skills in methodology
  • In-depth knowledge of research in education, welfare and organization
  • Experience with independent research work

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  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Prior research work related to educational systems and/or VET-research
  • Experience applying for research funding
  • Good written and oral English

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to take initiatives and keep updated on the latest research
  • Ability to cooperate in an interdisciplinary field
  • Motivation to contribute to a good working environment

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, motivation for the position and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 553 500 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 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 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 that you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis. 

About the application 

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English, Norwegian or other Scandinavian languages.

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.  

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include:

  • Personal motivation for the position
  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.  
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items) 
  • Research plan 
  • Name and contact information of three referees 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well. 
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 and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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 Eli Smeplass, telephone +47 993 18 431, email

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please HR Adviser Aaste Line Strand, email:

Please submit your application electronically via 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-686 when applying.  

Application deadline: March 20th, 2022

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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 20th March 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Kalvskinnet