The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Education was established in 1938 and is one of three departments at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. The research is based on traditions from both the social and the human sciences, and the department thus accommodates great breadth in topics and perspectives. The department employs approximately 100 people; appx 49 faculty, appx 35 doctoral and post-doctoral students, and appx 16 administrative/technical staff. The number of students is appx 900.

PhD Candidate

A position as PhD Candidate is available at the Department of Education (IPED), affiliated with the Mediate research group. Mediate has during the past decade developed a strong research profile in the field of informal learning in a variety of contexts, with a particular focus on young people, identity, and the role of technology and digital literacies. 

Informal learning research is an interdisciplinary field encompassing studies in psychology, sociology, social sciences and the learning sciences. The PhD position is linked to Mediate research on how young people (16-24) develop competencies, creativity and knowledge through participation in and across different types of physical, digital and social contexts outside of school, and how such participation may become significant for their learning and identity-building over time. Examples of activity contexts include museums, online games, home, and all types of youth clubs and organizations. Research on informal learning provides insight into questions of motivation and engagement, and how learning settings outside of school may impact young people’s education and work choices.

The applicant will submit a proposal written in Norwegian or English that describes an independent study of informal learning, identifying a problem that foregrounds one of the following themes: why and how do young people seek out and participate in informal learning activities? How are learning and engagement fostered and facilitated in different informal learning contexts? How are choices related to informal learning activities relevant for young people’s future work and education trajectories? The project description and the study may be linked to a current Mediate project.

The PhD Candidate will become part of an organized research team with interests that align with the focus of the study described in the proposal. The applicant will submit a written project description for his /her PhD project (max 10 pages), noting as well how the project relates to informal learning research in the Mediate group. This research area is described in greater detail in a background document that all applicants are encouraged to read, available on request.

Positions as research fellows are fixed-term educational posts where the aim is that the research fellow completes a doctoral degree (PhD) during the period of employment. A prerequisite for the employment is admission to the Faculty’s doctoral degree program, and applicants’ formal and other qualifications for admission will therefore also be assessed.  Research fellowship positions are defined as recruitment posts and represent an important instrument in the sector’s work of generating qualified applicants for other academic posts at universities and university colleges in the long-term perspective. The doctoral candidate is expected to participate actively in the organized research training and in the Faculty’s research community, specifically the Mediate research group.

The appointment is made for a period of up to four years (25% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities). The appointment can have a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

We refer also to Guidelines concerning appointment to post doctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree in the social sciences (education, science and technology studies, social anthropology, sociology) or the humanities (cultural history, media studies, museum studies, art history, library sciences, digital cultural heritage).

English is the main working language in the group, and PhD candidates will be encouraged to write an article-based PhD dissertation in English. A Scandinavian language will be required for the data collection and analysis.

Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme. This normally includes:

Documented successful completion of:

- a Master's degree program (normally equivalent to a Norwegian two years' MA degree/ECTS 120 credits), or
- a similar higher education program,
in both cases with thesis, and within relevant and accepted subject areas.

Documented result of the masters' degree required: Minimum grade B or equivalent (ECTS grading scale) including the grade on the thesis

Further information on admission requirements and an application form can be found at this website.

The background document and other relevant information are available by contacting Mediate leader Professor Palmyre Pierroux, Associate Professor Hans Christian Arnseth or Associate Professor Kristinn Hegna.

In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be put on:

  • The applicant’s academic aptitude for completing the research training programme.

  • The project description, which must be submitted with the application.

  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the post, including his/her ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community

  • Other qualifications that meet the objectives and which form the basis of this type of post

Application procedure

  • The application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:
  • Letter of application

  • Project description (max. 10 pages, cf. Guidance).

  • Completed application form for admission to the doctoral degree programme

  • Certified copies of diplomas, grade transcripts and any other testimonials

  • In the event of diplomas from other countries: printouts of prospectuses or similar that describe the content and framework of the courses of study on which the application is based.

  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works that may be of relevance to the application.

CV that also includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific works.

Applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries where English is not the official language must attach a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 unless they have a diploma from a university in an English-speaking country.

Incomplete applications will in normal circumstances not be assessed.

As a rule, interviews will be conducted as part of the appointment process. At the interview the applicant will be asked to present original diplomas and grade transcripts from previous courses of study.

We offer

  • Salary between NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per annum (Pay grades 50 – 57). Research fellows are normally allocated pay grade 50 on appointment.

  • A positive and stimulating working environment

  • Pension arrangements in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive working life enterprise

  • Attractive welfare arrangements

    The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.

    Pursuant to section 25, paragraph 2 of the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

    The University of Oslo also aims to recruit more individuals with an immigrant background to academic positions. Candidates with an immigrant background are encouraged to apply.


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