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Postdoctoral In Psychology - The Impact Of Social Media Use On Child And Adolescent Development

Trondheim, Norway
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Academic Discipline
Psychology, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

The postdoctoral fellowship is a temporary 2-year 100 % position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The position is a related to The Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS), a longitudinal study of child and adolescent psychosocial development, mental health, and health behaviors. TESS has followed a community sample of approximately one thousand children from the 2003 and 2004 birth cohorts in Trondheim, conducting thorough assessments every other year since the children were 4 years old. Participants are now 19-20 years old, and the study is still ongoing. 

The aim of the postdoctoral project is to examine how social media use affect development of self-esteem, social relations, mental health, and health behavior. Social media use and relevant outcomes have been biennially assessed since the participants were 10 years old. Data from two international datasets may also be used in the project.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the TESS (tess - NTNU) research group, who currently consists of 8 researchers, 3 postdoc's and 9 PhD candidates, in addition to the research assistants responsible for data collection.

Your immediate leader is Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Reviewing relevant theory and research
  • Analysis of longitudinal data, particularly focusing on between-person and within-person effects
  • Writing and publishing scientific papers
  • Research dissemination

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in psychology or related fields, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in psychology or related fields. If it is documented that the PhD thesis has been submitted, the application can be assessed even if the applicant has not yet defended the thesis. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before the position can be taken up.
  • Strong academic background in developmental psychology or clinical child- and adolescent psychology
  • Experience with publishing in international journals
  • Good quantitative data analysis skills, including experience with longitudinal analyses
  • Good written and oral proficiency in English

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge about adolescents’ use of social media
  • Knowledge about psychosocial development and mental health in adolescence 
  • Experience with the TESS study or comparable longitudinal studies
  • Good written and oral proficiency in Norwegian

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Solution-oriented approach 
  • Good ability to structure and organize one's own work
  • Initiative and perseverance

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 594 500 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite 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 or Norwegian.

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.

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: 

  • CV and certificates 
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your PhD, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis. If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 items)
  • 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, you must 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 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and 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. 

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.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Silje Steinsbekk, telephone +47. 73597931, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact 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. SU-911

Application deadline: 25.04.2024.

Dragvoll oversiktsbilde Foto: Erik Børseth/NTNU


NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

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.

Questions about the position

Silje Steinsbekk
+47 73597931

Deadline 25th April 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll, 7491 Trondheim

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