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; 49 scientific staff, 35 doctoral and post-doctoral students, and 16 administrative/technical staff. The number of students is approximately 900.

Doctoral Research Fellow

A position as a Doctoral Research Fellow is vacant at the Department of Education in the research based innovation project titled Faculty peer tutoring in teaching and supervision –Innovating teacher collaboration practices in Norwegian higher education (PeTS), which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The main purpose of this project is to develop collaborative communities of practice in supervision and teaching in higher education. This will be achieved by engaging with four specific educational communities, which are willing to invest in innovative efforts by using the following collaborative strategies in Peer review of supervision (PRS) and Peer review of teaching (PRT) at four teaching communities at the University of Oslo. See the main aim of the project.

The project will explore how these methods are implemented, how they influence on the participants interactions and reflective communication, and how this can be further developed to support teaching and supervision practices in the given institutional settings. To combine the level of innovation and the need for research, we approach this project based on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, which provides us with a conceptual perspective on the systematic experimental innovation of organisational practices.


Each applicant is required to submit a research proposal of maximum 8-10 pages that lies within the scope of the overall project (Innovating teacher collaboration practices in Norwegian higher education) which is available at the following website: PeTS


Applicants with a background from pedagogy/education, holding an MA in Education and with a strong interest in the field of higher education will be preferred. Additional information about the overall project is available through contacting Associate Professor Thomas de Lange, or professor Anne Line Wittek


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 programme, 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.


The appointment is made for a period of four years, 25% of which is devoted to required duties at the department and related to deliverables and organising activities in the research-based-innovation project (PeTS). 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 satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme.

  • Successful completion of a Master’s degree programme or similar higher education programme in the subject area in question or in another relevant subject area.

  • Minimum B grade or equivalent for the Master’s degree (ECTS grading scale). 

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


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

  • Background in educational and/or higher education studies

  • 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

  • Experience from participation in collaborative project work will be considered as an advantage

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

  • Good English language skills are required. It is also a prerequisite to be fluent in Norwegian or other Nordic language, due to characteristics of the data collected in the project.

Application procedure

The application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Project description (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 is set between NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • A positive and stimulating working environment
  • Pension arrangements in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

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.


Contact information:

Associate Professor Thomas de Lange 

Professor Anne Line Wittek


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