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 faculty is composed of three departments and a research centre with a total of nearly 250 employees and 2 500 students. We offer three different bachelor degrees and ten masters programmes, as well as Norway's most prestigious teacher-training program and several joint interdisiplinary programmes.

Research Fellowship within Neurodevelopmental Disorders

A PhD research fellow position in the area of developmental stuttering is vacant in the Department of Special Needs Education.

The Department of Special Needs Education is one of three departments within the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo in Norway. The department focuses on basic and applied research and education of bachelor-, master- and doctoral-level candidates within the field of special needs education. 

The vacant position is embedded within the Effective Stuttering Treatment-project (EST-project), a subproject in the research group Child Language and Learning.

See for information about the research group.



Brief summary of the EST-project

There is currently a critical need for research to inform clinical practice guidelines in Norway and at an international level for management of preschool children who stutter.The aim of the EST-project is therefore to investigate and implement the most efficacious stuttering management option for preschool children.

A meta-analysis will be conducted to identify the most efficacious direct treatment and indirect treatment for preschool children who stutter. This knowledge will inform the experimental groups for a randomized controlled trial (RCT). A waiting list control group will also be included in this trial.

Outcomes from this RCT will be implemented within a municipality of Norway targeting early childhood professionals (health nurses, preschool teachers, educational psychologists and speech language pathologists).

The project is financed by the Research Council of Norway


PhD Research Fellow Position

The successful candidate will conduct their research as part of the Effective Stuttering Treatment–project.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates who have a particular interest in special education research and more specifically stuttering. The successful candidate will be required to participate actively in our research community including the EST-project team, Child Language and Learning research group and the department. Periods abroad are encouraged; we have international collaborators that may be possible hosts.

PhD research fellow positions are fixed-term educational posts. The research fellow completes a doctoral degree (PhD) during the period of employment. A prerequisite for this position is admission to the Faculty’s doctoral degree program and applicants’ formal and other qualifications for admission will be assessed.  Research fellowship positions are recruitment posts which represent an important aspect of the sector’s work to foster the development of doctoral research fellows for academic posts at universities and university colleges after the completion of their PhD.

The appointment is for a period of 3 years. For more information see Guidelines concerning appointment to post doctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo.


Applicants should have a master’s degree in speech and language pathology, special needs education, psychology or another relevant discipline. Clinical and/or theoretical experience with stuttering assessment and/or treatment is preferred. Candidates must have strong analytical abilities and an eagerness to explore and learn.

Preference will be given to candidates who present a strong research proposal related to treatment of stuttering for preschool children in line with the EST-project plan. Applicants are encouraged to develop a proposal independently. However, applicants are also welcome to consult with Associate Professor Kari-Anne B. Næss (

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

  • Documented successful completion of a Master's degree program (equivalent to a Norwegian two years' MA degree/ECTS 120 credits), or a similar higher education program. In both cases the candidate must have written a thesis within a relevant subject area.
  • Academic transcript from the masters' degree: Minimum grade B or equivalent (ECTS grading scale) including the grade received for their thesis.  

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

When reviewing applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The applicant’s academic aptitude for completing a PhD.
  • The applicant’s project description submitted with the application.
  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the position, including his/her ability to collaborate and form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community.     

Proficient Norwegian and English language skills are required. Proficient Norwegian language skills are required for this as the successful candidate will be required to liaise with Norwegian speaking informants and parents.

Application procedure

The application must be submitted electronically and include the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Project description (cf. Guidance).
  • Completed application form for admission to the doctoral degree program
  • Certified copies of diplomas, grade transcripts and any other testimonials
  • In the event of diplomas from other countries: a copy of the handbook or an equivalent document that describes the content and framework of the course completed must be provided.
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic work that is of relevance to the application.
  • CV that includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific work.

Applicants from countries other than Nordic countries where English is not the official language must attach a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550. Exceptions to this are for applicant’s who have obtained a diploma/degree from a university in an English-speaking country.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 NOK 432 700- 489 300 (per annum), depending on the successful applicant’s qualifications. 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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