Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Psychology

Trondheim, Norway
20 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Psychology as postdoctoral fellow in developmental psychology for a period of 2 years, with possibility for a third year with required duties. The position as postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term position with the primary goal of qualifying for work in professional academic chair positions.

The Department of Psychology currently has approximately 110 employees and 1100 students. The Department holds a large and diverse research community covering a variety of disciplines within psychology, and offers studies at the bachelor-, master- and PhD level in addition to a study programme in clinical psychology. The Department also has three outpatient clinics that offer outpatient treatment as part of the educational programme in clinical psychology. In addition, the Department participates in extensive local, national and international research collaborations. Our research ambition is to be internationally and nationally leading in various disciplines of psychology.

The position is connected to the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS), a longitudinal study of mental health, psychosocial functioning, eating behavior, physical activity and weight from preschool to adolescence, aiming to identify predictors and mechanism for development. 
The postdoctoral project will focus on computer gaming and use of social media. The project will specifically aim to identify factors predicting computer gaming and social media use, as well as how these activities affect children’s and adolescence’s mental health and psychosocial functioning. The research will be based on a biopsychosocial approach, which indicates that factors at all levels of influence (e.g. genetics, temperament, parents/family, school, peers) will be of interest, although special attention will be paid to Gene X Environment (GxE) interactions.

The candidate will be part of the TESS research group, and she/he is expected to publish scientific papers in highly renowned international journals. The position can possibly be prolonged to include a third year with teaching, supervision and grading after agreement with the Department.


Employment will be activated in accordance to existing regulations of 31.01.2006. The requirement for the position is a completed Norwegian PhD in a relevant field, or a completed foreign PhD approved as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD. In order to be considered for the position, the defence of the PhD thesis must have been completed and approved within the application deadline.

The following will be emphasized:

  • Experience with GxE methodology
  • Competence in developmental psychology 
  • Skills in relevant statistical analytic techniques
  • Knowledge of gaming and use of social media among children and youth
  • Personal qualifications such as cooperation skills, responsibility, enthusiasm, independence, creativity, endurance and motivation to contribute to a good work environment
  • Quality and quantity of publications and experience from relevant research projects
  • Recommendations/references.

Salary and Working Conditions

The postdoctor position code 1352 is paid according to the national salary scheme 24, from gross NOK 490 900 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labor force and to recruit people with an immigrant background. Immigrants are encouraged to apply for all positions. NTNU is an inclusive workplace.


Applications should include:

  • A publication list and scientific publications 
  • A motivation letter (up to two pages)
  • CV, recommendations and certificates/diplomas

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a join piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position is available by contacting associate professor Silje Steinsbekk at the Department of Psychology, phone: 73597931, e-mail:

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Erik Lunde, e-mail:

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through Documents submitted after the deadline will not be taken into account in the evaluation.

Application deadline: 21.05.2018


  • Deadline Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Dragvoll
  • Jobbnorge ID 151705
  • Internal ID 2018/7917
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Fixed Term


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