Skip to main content

Ph.D. Candidate in Work and Organizational Psychology

Trondheim, Norway
NOK 532 200 per annum
Closing date
26 Aug 2024

View more

About the job

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

We have a vacancy for a four-year Ph.D. position at the Department of Psychology in the area of Work and Organizational Psychology. The Ph.D. student will take part in a research project focused on occupational anxiety and employee health promotion. Specifically, the successful candidate will contribute to developing a measure of occupational anxiety, investigating the predictors and outcomes of occupational anxiety longitudinally, and carrying out an intervention for occupational anxiety. Other aspects of job-related distress may be examined as well. 

We anticipate the starting date for the candidate to be early 2025. The candidate’s broader goal is to complete a doctoral education up to the validation of a doctoral degree. The specific objectives and research questions linked to the Ph.D. project will be developed in consultation with the supervisors during the first months of the doctoral training.

Your immediate leader will be the Head of the Department of Psychology.

Duties of the position

The main duties and responsibilities of the position are:

  • Conduct the established research project in consultation with the doctoral advisors. 
  • Work in collaboration with other psychology researchers, preferably work and organizational psychology researchers. An interdisciplinary focus is however welcomed. 
  • Process and disseminate research outputs through peer-reviewed publications, local and international conferences, and research seminars.
  • Assist with teaching and supervision related tasks at the department.

 The position is 100% for 4 years, with 25% of the time dedicated to teaching assignments at the department.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a relevant background in psychology. 
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at the master's level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may still be assessed providing that you can document that you are particularly suitable for a Ph.D. education.
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented by August 25th 2024.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • Excellent written and oral language skills are required in English (C1 level or higher).

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and 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 demonstrable interest in mental health at work and employee health promotion. 
  • Previous experience with advanced statistics, specifically latent variable modeling and multilevel modeling.
  • Taste for writing.

Personal characteristics

Completing a Ph.D. can be demanding. Therefore, you ought to be able to:

  • approach your subject matter with conscientiousness and dedication 
  • go the extra mile when needed
  • work independently (e.g., set goals and make plans to reach them) as well as cooperatively
  • present and discuss your research, and constructively engage with feedback from colleagues 

A positive and pleasant working environment is important to us. We strive for an atmosphere that is engaging, friendly, and characterized by collaborative relationships between our employees. We are looking for a person who:

  • works from campus and actively participates in social and academic department activities, such as lunch gatherings and research seminars 
  • has a cooperative spirit 
  • constructively engages in academic discussions with colleagues.   

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 532 200 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 (Psychology - Programme Components - Social Sciences - NTNU) 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.

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 a Scandinavian language 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 
  • A brief letter of motivation (1 page max.)
  • 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 have not yet 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.
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications, attach them as well (attach 3 publications max.).

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,  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 obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA and The obligations in the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment ( CoARA)on responsible assessment of research and recognition of a widerrange of academic contributions to science and society.

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.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact the Ph.D. supervisors Prof. Dr. Renzo Bianchi ( and Prof. Dr. Leon De Beer ( If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristin Skogen

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. Please state the reference number on your application: SU-947.


Application deadline: 26.08.24


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.

Deadline 26th August 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll, 7491 Trondheim

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert