PhD Position in Psychosocial Health

Gjøvik, Norway
05 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Department of Health Sciences in Gjøvik

PhD Position: Psychosocial health, identity and well-being through three generations; a generative study of two communities

The position is now available at the Department of Health Sciences in Gjøvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The position is administratively linked to the Department of Public Health and Nursing in Campus Trondheim, but with workplace at the Department of Health Sciences in Campus Gjøvik. Shorter stay and close collaboration with the interdisciplinary research group at the campus in Trondheim is expected.  

The Department of Health Sciences in Gjøvik consists of approx. 90 employees divided into the following sections; the Section for Nursing, and the Section for Health, Technology and Society, as well as the Centre for Care Research, Østlandet (Eastern Norway). Other prioritized thematic areas are; research that strengthens our knowledge within the safety of patients; clinical nursing, gerontology; health-promoting work in the local communities; health research and service of care research; as well as research on the quality of education. The Department is in an exciting phase of development offering several health-related areas of study and experiencing an increase in research activity with a strong focus on quality.

Project description

The Ph.D project is linked to a sub-project under “Havlandet Norge”  - Norway as a sea nation. Coastal communities, generation, sustainability. This project is a pilot programme within one of NTNU’s inter-faculty thematic priorities; Ocean Space. It is directed by Anne Trine Kjørholt, Department og Education and Life Long Learning, NTNU and covers four faculties and two campuses at NTNU.

The subproject has a focus on health with the main goal to develop knowledge about health and the quality of life in coastal communities of Mid-Norway. Three generations (cohorts) are studied, youth (13-19 years old), their parents and their grandparents. A key question is to investigate possible relationship between the youth and their grandparents on the one side, and psychosocial health and the quality of life on the other side. Such knowledge is important to develop health-promoting work in local communities. In the study, data from the inland community of Søndre Land close to Gjøvik, is included for comparison to help supporting the value of health-promoting work in local communities.

Material and method

The method has its basis of quantitative data by using the same questionnaire as in the UNG-HUNT 4 project, as well as profiles of counties and results from the survey “Public Health and Condition of Living” from the region of Gjøvik. This is used to compare youth at Frøya (a coastal island community with a high economic growth rate due to the seafood industry) and Søndre Land (a stable inland community) with youth in Nord-Trøndelag. The three-generational and biographic approach used in the pilot program Havrom (Ocean Space) is used at Frøya and Søndre Land. In-depth biographical interviews of todays’ youth, parents and grandparents is used. By studying childhood as it is experienced and reconstructed by three generations, this opens the possibility of focusing specially on social relations, psychosocial health and local/practical knowledge across gender, generation and ethnical groups.

The data collection involves in-depth interviews and focus-group interviews, as well as photography, correspondence and music. Our starting point is in a hypothesis stating that integration between different generations affects identity, the feeling of exclusion (social heritage), and the experience of health and well-being. The experiences of psychosocial health and well-being contextualizes in a lifecycle perspective, where continuity and discontinuity along generation lines is in focus.


We seek a talented, enthusiastic and creative scientist with a strong commitment to research that suits the following criteria:

Requirements of the applicants:

  • A master’s degree or an equivalent education in a field relevant for the position, preferably within social sciences, humanistic sciences or health sciences
  • A strong academic record with a weighted average grade of master’s or equivalent education with a grade of B or higher, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English
  • Knowledge of Norwegian is an advantage
  • Basic skills in using quantitative and qualitative methodology is an advantage

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • The candidate’s motivation for the position
  • Good cooperation and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as the ability to collaborate interdisciplinary

Chosen applicants will be invited to undergo an interview.

The period of employment for the position as a PhD Candidate is 3 years. The position has the objective of qualifying for higher academic positions. Admission to a doctoral degree program is a requirement for employment as a PhD candidate. For regulations concerning the PhD-degree at NTNU, please see: and

Depending on qualifications and academic background, PhD Candidates (in code 1017) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will be remunerated at a minimum of NOK 436 500 per year before tax. Normal wage level is NOK 436 500 - 499 200 of which 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

NTNU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from both EU/EEA and non-EU countries. The university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from members of ethnic minorities.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. If necessary, we will adapt the workplace for people with disabilities. Men are especially encouraged to apply.

More information regarding moving to Trondheim, Norway and working at NTNU.

How to apply:

The candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position and project should be described in the application letter.

The application should contain the following attachments:

  • Applicant’s CV (eventually including list of publications)
  • Copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas.
  • Certificates from former relevant employments.
  • Relevant publications (full text).
  • At least two letters of recommendation.
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number).
  • Other relevant information.

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries must provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The following results are required: TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test) IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Applicants are asked to apply electronically via this page ( within the deadline 01.11.2017. Start of the position is desirably from January 2018.

For further information about the positions, please contact:

Associate Professor Kari Bjerke Batt-Rawden, email:, mobile: + 47 90584313

For information concerning the application process, please contact:

HR Adviser Håvard Tangvik, email:, mobile: +47 99301868

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