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 Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical communication

A two year Fellowship position for a Postdoctoral research Fellow (SKO 1352) with background in clinical communication is available at Institute of Clinical Medicine, Division of Health Services Research and psychiatry, Akershus University Hospital.


The position is located at the research group for clinical communication headed by Pål Gulbrandsen. The group’s activities include extensive international and multidisciplinary collaboration, focusing on aspects of information exchange in clinical encounters, processes involved in developing mutual understanding, shared decision-making, and patient empowerment. We apply a variety of methodologies (from inductive analysis to using established coding schemes), always focused on translational potential: from delving into the minute details of how dialogues develop to how new understandings can inform the teaching of clinicians. We possess a unique videotaped corpus of more than 400 physician-patient encounters (in Norwegian) and a well-equipped communication laboratory. The communication research group is part of a larger health services research unit comprising more than 20 researchers in a very friendly and inclusive environment and is part of the Oslo Communication in Healthcare Education and Research group (OCHER),


The main objective of appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Fellow is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their respective area of study.


Job descriptions

The main tasks will be to develop strong research proposals, co-supervise a PhD student, continue own research, and if desirable, conduct new research on our existing material.



For appointment as a Postdoctoral research Fellow, the applicant must have a PhD degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree) in communication science, medicine, linguistics, psychology, sociology, nursing science, or anthropology. Experience with one or more methodologies for analyzing face-to-face dialogue is an asset. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for Postdoctoral fellowship positions:



We are seeking an industrious, imaginative team-builder with long-term goals, implying that applicants should speak a Scandinavian language or aim to learn Norwegian quickly, plan to stay here, and aim to further build our research group to excellence over several years.


Qualification requirements include a completed PhD in a relevant field of research, and/or clinical experience and a strong interest in clinical communication.


The candidate must be fluent in written and spoken English.


We can offer

  • A stimulating, challenging and friendly working environment with broad expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods, including video analysis.

  • Salary in the range of pay grade 57 – 65 per year depending on qualifications

  • Favorable pension arrangements

  • Attractive welfare benefits



    The application must include:


  • Application letter, including a ½ page motivation statement and research interests

  • CV (summarizing education, positions, academic work, scientific publications and

    other relevant activity)

  • Copies of educational certificates and grades

  • Letters of recommendation

  • A list of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered

    by the evaluation committee. Note: Applicants are advised not to attach the publications themselves. They should only provide a list.

  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and

    telephone number).


    The application with the required attachments must be submitted via our electronic recruitment system Jobbnorge.

    The application with the required attachments should preferably constitute as few files as possible, preferably 1-2 files. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system.

    Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.


    In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications

    from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.


    According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentlighetsloven) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested not-disclosure.


    Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for academic

    positions and the guidelines for appointments to post-doctoral research fellowships at the

    University of Oslo.



    No one can be appointed for more than one specified period as a Postdoctoral research Fellow at the same institution.


    The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to

    research results and intellectual property.


    Start date:

    As soon as possible.


    For further information, please contact:

    Professor Pål Gulbrandsen, email:

    HR Adviser Karoline Berg-Eriksen (only inquiries regarding the application/recruitment system),

    Tlf: 47 22844680, email:

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  • Søknadsfrist
    13. oktober 2017
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