Postdoctoral Fellowship/Researcher in Learning Technologies to Support STEM Education

Trondheim, Norway
14 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Jul 2018
IE 135-2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for one postdoctoral fellow position within learning technologies to support STEM education at the Department of Computer Science (IDI) (

An appointment as postdoctoral fellow is for a term of two years of full-time research, with a possibility for an extension to a third year. The position of postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term position with the primary objective of qualifying for work in top academic posts.

Information about the department

The Department of Computer Science currently employs 30 full time professors, 60 associate/assistant professors, 19 adjunct professors, 37 postdocs/researchers, 90 PhD students, and 20 technical/administrative staff. The department holds a wide portfolio of highly competitive projects in the area of learning technologies and innovative education ( and has recently been awarded with the nationwide status of Centre for Excellence in Information Technology Education.

Work description

The position is part of the H2020 project “Learning science the fun and creative way: coding, making, and play as vehicles for informal science learning in the 21st century” (CoM_n_Play-Science), which will be coordinated by Associate Professor Michail Giannakos at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The project has 11 partners from 10 countries. The CoM’n’Play-Science project aims to help Europe better understand the new ways in which informal science learning is taking place through various coding, making, and play activities that young Europeans are nowadays increasingly engaged with outside school and higher education science classrooms, beyond the formal boundaries of science education. The project aims to investigate a wide range of loci and modes of this kind of informal science learning, including: 

  1. learning occurring in the context of such activities intentionally organized to achieve aims overtly related to informal science learning (e.g. in science centres, etc.)
  2. informal science learning that occurs as a by-product of youngsters’ various coding, making, and play activities that are not intentionally meant as science learning activities, and which may take place: 
    •  in organized contexts (e.g. fabrication labs, coding labs, etc.), as well as 
    •  independently in everyday life (e.g. personal hobbies and projects, gaming, etc.). 

The candidate will have responsibility for contributing to theoretical development about coding, making and play to support science education, conducting empirical pilots and evaluations, and analysing primary and secondary data sets. Furthermore, the candidate will assist the project coordinator in project management tasks.


The position requires strong English oral and writing skills as the candidate will be interacting with a team of international researcher. The job will include providing several progress reports in English.

If the applicant’s PhD is not from an English-speaking country, the following tests can be used as documentation: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A

In addition, the candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in learning technologies, human-centered computing, computing education or equivalent is required.
  • Good understanding of quantitative and qualitative analysis methods.
  • Expertise with designing and evaluating learning tools/practices.
  • Demonstrated research capability via a good publications record.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

The following qualifications will be considered as an advantage:

  • Pedagogical knowledge.
  • Experience with participation in EU projects.

Potential successful candidate will be interviewed via Skype or other means.

Emphasis will be put on personal qualities and potential as a researcher. High importance will also be attached to personal communication and cooperation skills.

We can offer

  • Becoming member of a top-tier international research group.
  • An informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues.
  • Academic challenges.
  • Attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering want to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1352 Post doctor, salary grade range 57-77 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 482,500 - 710,100 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

General information

The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.

As far as possible, the State workforce should reflect the diversity of the population. Goals of our personnel policy therefore include a balanced distribution in terms of age and gender as well as recruitment of people of immigrant background.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.


The application must contain:

  • 1-pager cover letter including an explanation of how your research interests and background would fit the position.
  • Information about education and relevant experience (a CV).
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.
  • A short essay (up to 2000 words) describing his/her view of the main research challenges in learning technologies to support science education.
  • The PhD thesis and other publications (Max 5) relevant to the research scope and any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should clearly indicate the applicant’s contribution
  • Names and contact information of at least two references

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file via this page (

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Michail Giannakos, email: , phone: +47 73590731 or head of the department Professor John Krogstie, e-mail , phone +47 93417551.

For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, phone +47 73 59 67 15, e-mail: .

Mark the application IE: 135-2018

Deadline for applications: 2018-07-11


  • Deadline Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 154408
  • Internal ID 2018-5961
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary


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