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Postdoc Position in Mathematics Education with a Focus on Critical Mathematics Education

Trondheim, Norway
NOK 594 500 per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2024

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Academic Discipline
Mathematics & Statistics, Physical Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

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

The Mathematics Education Section of The Department of Teacher Education has a vacancy for a Postdoc position in Mathematics Education focusing on Critical Mathematics Education. The position is within the Research Group (Inclusive Mathematics Education and Democracy) (IMED – Research – Department of Teacher Education - NTNU). With this postdoc fellowship, we want to explore the critical positioning of mathematics widely (in different dimensions of society), especially in schools. Critical thinking with mathematics is becoming an integral part of the preparation for critical citizenship as part of quality democratic citizenship. 

Critical mathematics education (CME) points out the importance of seeing the goal of mathematics education in terms of preparing learners as critical/responsible citizens with power, authority, and knowledge to engage with mathematics productively and critically. Here the role of taking a critical stance into the mathematically formatted realities can be aligned with responsible citizenship through mathematics. With this goal of responsible citizenship in mind, we want to explore through this post-doc fellowship how to take a critical stance on various issues related to climate change and its mitigation measures through education for sustainable development (ESD). Here ESD can be approached through dialogical engagement with critical interpretations of arguments around climate change in mathematics classrooms at schools. What kinds of support can mathematics teachers provide to encourage learners to take a critical stance on the mathematics involved in climate change? Moreover, the postdoc position will help by strengthening our Sustainability Lab for school initiative through innovative transdisciplinary approaches to engage with sustainability from a socio-ecological perspective within school and teacher education contexts.

Your immediate leader is the Head of the Mathematics Education Section.

Duties of the position

The postdoc position provides an exciting opportunity to gain broad experience and expertise collaborating with international researchers. 

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree, or a corresponding foreign degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in Mathematics Education or Educational Sciences. 
  • Background and research experience in education for sustainability in educational contexts, which can be documented by relevant research publications/professional work.
  • The candidate should have good written and oral knowledge of English.
  • If you can document that PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position.

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

  • The candidates with PhD in Mathematics education with a strong interest in education for sustainable development from a Critical Mathematics Education perspective would be prioritized. Moreover, candidates with a PhD degree in environmental education (with a strong focus on education for sustainable development) and a master's degree in mathematics education will also be prioritized.  
  • The candidates ideally should show a good understanding of mathematics education literature/theories, especially Critical Mathematics Education in the submitted research proposal of the postdoc.
  • Norwegian or one of the Scandinavian language skills

Personal characteristics

We seek a motivated candidate who can venture into theoretical and empirical research work by innovating various approaches for the dialogical involvement of multiple stakeholders in realizing education for sustainability in the school and teacher education context. Here the emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities such as:  

  • Show independence, and proactiveness, be solution-oriented, and take responsibility for actions.
  • Successfully work in teams or research groups and be willing to take active in raising the profile of our Research Group IMED.
  • Due to the research and teaching tasks designing and implementation (within the sustainability lab) of the position, and ideally a reasonable knowledge of Norwegian or one of the Scandinavian language skills.   
  • The successful candidate demonstrates a desire to work closely with multiple stakeholders (in Norway) involved in our efforts of engaging with the Sustainability lab for schools to understand and tackle sustainability issues from a transdisciplinary perspective.
  • Show a strong willingness to support our efforts to seek external resources such as the EU and projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council. 

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a post-doctoral 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 3 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 you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application 

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

Publications and other scientific work must be attached to 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:

  • The motivation letter for the position (maximum 2 pages)
  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s-, master’s, and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of your doctoral thesis. If you are close to submitting or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis.  Documentation of the completed doctoral degree must be submitted before taking up the position.
  • Academic works- published or unpublished- that you would like to be considered in the assessment.
  • Project description (max five pages) outlining background and ambition in researching the link between education for sustainability and critical mathematics education within the school and teacher education context in Norway with a clear plan for publications in quality publication channels.
  • Name and contact information of minimum 2 referees.
  • If all, or part of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. A description of the documentation required can be found here.
  • Joint research work 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 work.
  • In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambition, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

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 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  wider range of academic contributions to science and society. 

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 Head of the Mathematics Education Section, Associate Professor Ole Enge, If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact, HR-advisor, Ina 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: 12.08.24



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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

Ole Enge
Head of the Mathematics Education Section

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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