PhD Position in Environmental Psychology

Trondheim, Norway
15 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
14 Dec 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The Department of Psychology announces a PhD position in Environmental Psychology for a period of 4 years included 1 year with teaching duties. This is an educational position that shall provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD. The position is connected to the PhD-program at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, and the faculty will be the employer. The working place will be at the Department of Psychology. 

The Department of Psychology currently has approximately 110 employees and 1100 students. The Department holds a large and diverse research community covering a variety of disciplines within psychology, and offers studies at the bachelor-, master- and PhD level in addition to a study programme in clinical psychology. The Department also has three outpatient clinics that offer outpatient treatment as part of the educational programme in clinical psychology. In addition, the Department participates in extensive local, national and international research collaborations. Our research ambition is to be internationally and nationally leading in various disciplines of psychology.

The position is connected to the large, interdisciplinary Norwegian Research Centre on Wind Energy (NorthWind, The primary objective for NorthWind is to bring forward outstanding research and innovation to reduce the cost of wind power and facilitate its sustainable development, which will grow exports and create new jobs. In the highly interdisciplinary approach, social perception and acceptance of wind power (especially off-shore) is also included. The task in NorthWind that the PhD position is connected to has the aim to explore the institutional, industrial, legal, and material underpinnings of energy citizenship related to wind power. Based on qualitative and quantitative methods, such as surveys, interviews and media analysis, citizens’ understanding of and engagement with wind power will be studied and the social, environmental, and economic controversies across sectors, scales and geographies will be explored. It should investigate existing and developing new forms of wind power governance, planning and implementation processes, which actively seek the participation of diverse sets of social groups and interests to enable just and inclusive wind power developments. This includes the development of benefits schemes for neighboring communities. Investigations will be based on studies of best practices and case studies with active involvement of relevant stakeholders. It should further advance principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI) with the ambition of understanding how controversies and conflicts can be anticipated and mitigated through active engagement and inclusive participatory processes (involves WP1-4, user partners and citizens).
Questions relating to these objectives that might be studied from a psychological perspective are the relations between local individual or professional identities and support or resistance of off-shore wind projects in different regions of Norway, the role place attachment and place identity play in processes of scoping wind energy projects, or if the changing geopolitical situation (especially in the north of Norway) changes perception of wind power.
Your immediate leader is head

Duties of the position

  • Review of the relevant research literature from psychology and related fields.
  • Design of the empirical studies under supervision by the main and co-supervisors.
  • Implementation of the empirical data collections under supervision by the main and co-supervisors.
  • Analysis of the data under supervision by the main and co-supervisors.
  • Writing at least three acadamic papers together with the supervisors and/or the other members of the research cluster.
  • Dissemination of the research results on conferences and to stakeholders. 
  • Collaboration with researchers and PhDs from other disciplines working within NorthWind.
  • Participation in NorthWind activities such as workshops or conferences. 

Required selection criteria

The requirement for the position is a completed master’s degree in psychology or education to an equivalent in a relevant field or an equivalent foreign master’s degree approved as equivalent to a Norwegian degree. Applicants must have a strong academic record from their previous studies, and must have a weighted average grade for the last two years of their master's or equivalent education (equivalent to 120 credits) of B or higher 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 admitted only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

  • A strong background in behavior research 
  • Good understanding of psychological theories and methods is required. If the candidate does not hold a degree in psychology, this understanding has to be documented.
  • Documented extensive experience with psychological research methods is required (ideally both qualitative and quantitative methods, but at least in one of the areas)
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) is mandatory.

Employment will be activated in accordance with existing regulations of  31 January 2006 (  

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • A strong background in social or environmental psychology.
  • Experience with studies of identity, place attachment, wind power, the energy system, or participation in planning processes from a psychological perspective will be an advantage.
  • Experience with participating in research projects.
  • Experience with field research 
  • Experience in interdisciplinary work 
  • The ability to speak a Scandinavian language 

Personal characteristics

  • Good skills to connect to people in the field
  • 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
  • Ability to overcome obstacles in field research and collaboration with local stakeholders
  • Curiosity for new methodologies and topics
  • In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 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 4 years with 25 % teaching duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Social 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 Norwegian or English

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • confirmed transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Project proposal
  • publications or other relevant research work, if you have such
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • Letter of recommendation from supervisor

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, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short 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

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

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.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Professor Christian A. Klöckner at the Department of Psychology, phone (+47) 735 91977, e-mail  

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please Kristin Skogen, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 14.12.2022

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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 14th December 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll

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