The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized university and serves as the premier education and research institution of sport science in the Nordic countries. Our mission is to educate, investigate and present a broad range of topics within theoretical and practical sport science. Our Bachelor's degree, Master's degree and PhD programmes aim to be of great relevance. NSSS has approximately 1300 students and a staff of 220 in five departments, six administrative units and two research centres. The campus and sports facilities are located near Sognsvann. For more information on NSSS, visit    

PhD in sport, culture and society


The Department of Cultural and Social Studies has a vacant PhD candidate position. The PhD project will be related to one or more of the sub-disciplines of the department – sports philosophy, sports history, sport management and sports sociology. The project should examine a relevant topic within the field and contribute to the body of knowledge within one or more of these strands of research. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact faculty members and potential supervisors and discuss the relevance of their topics before applying.

The PhD candidate will be involved in planning, implementation and development of lectures at the bachelor and master level at NSSS. The PhD candidate therefore is required to participate in and contribute to the academic community.

The applicant must be able to speak and write English. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language and knowledge of Norwegian sport is an advantage.

Competence requirements and selection process

The applicant must be qualified for a PhD candidate position at NSSS. To be admitted to the doctoral program at NSSS, the applicant must normally have earned a two-year master’s degree (120 credits) in sport science or a cand.scient. in sport science, or have equivalent educational qualifications at this level in the area of sport science, or in another way be able to document knowledge and understanding of sport science at a comparable level. There is also a minimum requirement of grade B on the master's degree.
The applicant will have to outline a research project plan in Norwegian or English (10 pages, including time line and budget). The following will be evaluated:

  • Quality and relevance of Master thesis and other work in relevant areas of research
  • Quality and relevance of the project plan
  • Fit of the project with the department’s overall research strategies
  • Personal suitability

Working conditions

Salary is offered according to the Norwegian State pay scale, employment code 1017, PhD research fellow. The appointment will be made according to terms applying to civil servants. The NSSS is a member of the Norwegian State Pension Fund.

The PhD research fellowship period is 4 years. Supervision and teaching duties can be assigned within the limit of 25 % of the full position.

Working place is Department of Cultural and Social Studies at the NSSS.

NSSS personnel and recruitment policy aims at taking into account the diversity of the Norwegian population to the greatest possible extent. It is an explicit aim to search for age and gender balance and to recruit competent applicants with minority background. Women and persons with minority background are encouraged to apply.
Applications will be handled according to the relevant regulations as defined in the Norwegian Open Files Act.


Interested applicants are advised to contact department faculty members and potential supervisors in preparing the application.

Further details can be obtained by contacting:

Contact persons research:
Head of department, Professor Åse Strandbu, phone +47 23 26 23 27, email
Professor of sport philosophy, Sigmund Loland, phone +47 92 03 02 87, email
Professor of sport sociology, Mari Kristin Sisjord, phone +47 90 08 47 39, email
Professor of sport management, Dag Vidar Hanstad, phone +47 90 89 22 29, email
Professor of sport history, Matti Goksøyr, phone +47 97759271, email




Contact administration:
Senior adviser Gro Styrmo (PhD-studies/admission), phone+ 47 23 26 20 31, email  
Karen-Margrethe Wennevold Heggelund, phone  +47 23 26 20 54, email


The application


In addition to the electronic CV registered through our website, the applicant must submit:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Project plan
  • Curriculum vitae listing education and working experience
  • Copies of educational certificates and grades.
  • Names, email and telephone number of 2-3 referees (describe relation to applicant).
  • Any other information relevant to the position


How to apply


The application with attachments must be submitted to our electronic recruitment system using the "søk her" bottom in the announcement at the latest by October 11.
The application must be written in English. Other documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system.


The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results and intellectual property.

A List of scientific publications Position appointment is conditioned by entrance to the Phd study program. In cooperation with the supervisor the candidate is expected to write up a research proposal including an overall plan for the PhD study within 1 month after position appointment. The application will be treated in accordance current guidelines for PhD research fellow appointment. See  for more detailed information about the PhD program, including regulations and application form.


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    11. oktober 2017
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