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PhD Candidate in Physical Education and Sport

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

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About the job

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

The International Disability Research in Education and Teacher Training (IDRETT) research group  has a vacancy for a 3-year PhD position in the Department of Teacher Education within the physical education and sport group. 

The successful applicant will engage in a research project examining the disability experience of students and recently graduated adults from Norwegian schools with an emphasis on understanding the disability experiences in physical education and sport contexts. A largely qualitative inquiry and exploration, the project may utilize diverse methodology to accomplish this goal. In concert with the data gathered and research published, this project will require the PhD student to consider the dissemination of material in order to reach teachers, connect the findings to the Norwegian curriculum, and collaborate with research group members to create opportunities for in-service workshops and learning opportunities in an effort to better the school environment that we’ve examined.

Your immediate leader is Head of Section.

Duties of the position

  • Designing and implementing a research project within the parameters set by the position 
  • Scientific communication/research dissemination
  • Participation in professional organisations and/or conferences
  • Write and defend a PhD thesis
  • Be an active participant in the research group, department and the research environment at the institute

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in physical education.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at 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, which is 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 be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education (e.g. research publications, scientific conference participation etc.).
  • Master's students who have submitted their master thesis can apply, and will be assessed, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented before starting the position. 
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • Oral and written communication skills in English. 

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

  • Demonstrated ability to write and publish international scientific articles based upon carried out research tasks will be seen as an advantage.
  • Documented training in adapted physical education, adapted physical activity, special education, disability sport, or another related field is considered advantageous.
  • Oral and written communication skills in Norwegian and/or experience working in a Norwegian educational context.

Personal characteristics

Completing a PhD can be demanding. Therefore, a qualified candidate should have the following characteristics:

  • Good communication and collaboration skills.
  • Be structured, systematic, and goal oriented.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to collaborate and engage in international research and networking opportunities.
  • Motivation to contribute to a good working environment, both academically and socially.
  • Ability to present and discuss research, constructively engaging with feedback from colleagues.
  • Desire to contribute to better health and accessibility outcomes for individuals with diverse bodies and health histories.

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 3 years

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Educational Sciences (Specialization Teaching Profession and School Research) 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 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 (must be in English) and relevant certificates
  • 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 (maximum length 5 pages, must focus on research plan and possible dissemination strategies, must be in English)
  • Name and contact information of three references.
  • Publications or other relevant research work 
  • Writing sample in English

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 Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, 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 and The obligations in the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment ( CoARA) on responsible assessment of research and recognition of a  wider range 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 Steven K. Holland ( and/or Katie Holland ( If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Ina Grønbech Halvorsen ( 

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: 12.08.2024


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

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.  

Questions about the position

Steven K. Holland

Katie Holland

Ina Grønbech Halvorsen

Deadline 12th August 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim


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