University of Bergen

Faculty of Psychology

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Psychosocial Science

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Department of Psychosocial Science from 1 January 2019. The position is for a fixed-term period of three years and is affiliated with the project AlerT: Awareness Learning Tools for Data Sharing Everywhere, funded by the Research Council of Norway.


The Faculty of Psychology offers professional education for psychologists, is responsible for the pedagogical training of the University of Bergen's own staff, contributes towards the pedagogical aspects of teacher training and offers degrees in a wide range of disciplines: child welfare, health promotion work, pedagogics, special education, psychology, work and organisational psychology, and speech and language therapy. The Faculty's main focus areas in respect of research are connected with health, learning, development-related research and basic research in its widest sense.


The academic activities at the Department of Psychosocial Science (ISP) are wide ranging and of a high international standard. ISP conducts research and training within a range of basic disciplines such as cognitive psychology, social psychology, development psychology, personality psychology, and within user areas such as school and tuition psychology, work and organisational psychology and social psychology. ISP has six research groups, and many employees are involved in research groups at other departments.


The successful candidate will be part of the research group DICE-Lab (Bergen Laboratory for the Study of Decision, Intuition, Consciousness, and Emotion). The research group’s focus is on basic and applied research within the field of cognitive psychology. The research conducted in the group deals with the question of how everyday decisions, judgements, reasoning and behaviour are directed by a complex interplay between conscious and unconscious processes, and are influenced by intuition, emotion, or deliberate processes.


About the project and work tasks:

The project is concerned with e-privacy, that is, with privacy issues in relation to the sharing of personal information in digital environments. It consists of an interdisciplinary team of researchers from psychology, information and computer science, and education. The aim of the project is to develop tools for raising awareness about e-privacy among the public. In a serious games environment, users will practice and make choices in scenarios, and receive instructive feedback based on their choices.

The task of the postdoc is to conduct psychological experiments in the context of the serious games environment. The aim of the experiments is to investigate risk perception and decision making processes concerning the sharing of personal information. The postdoc will be involved in and have a central role in all parts of the research process. This includes:

  • developing research questions within the research project
  • conducting experimental studies
  • conducting data analyses
  • contributing as first and co-author to scientific publications

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must at the time of applying have successfully defended their Ph.D. in psychology or a related discipline.
  • Expertise in cognitive psychology, preferably in the areas of judgment, risk perception, and decision making.
  • Competence in quantitative data analysis and experimental research designs.
  • Experience in research on serious games or virtual environments is an advantage.
  • Experience with publishing in international (English) peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • The position requires proficiency in both written and oral English.

About the position as postdoctoral research fellow:

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is three years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 57 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 1) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to a gross annual salary of NOK 490,900. The state salary scale is under yearly adjustment due to negotiations and will be updated. Any further increases in salary will be made in accordance with the service increments that apply to this position. A higher salary may be considered for particularly highly qualified applicants. 
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests, motivation for applying for the position and relevant background
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas
  • Relevant certificates and references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Any publications in your name you want to be included in the evaluation of your application

Applications must be submitted to the University of Bergen electronically via JobbNorge by clicking on the “Apply for this job” link on this page. Your application, CV and attachments can only be submitted electronically via JobbNorge.


Please note that applications along with appended information and attachments linked to the application in JobbNorge will be evaluated after the closing date for applications. Attachments must be in English or a Scandinavian language, and any translations must be certified. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all the necessary information has been submitted by the closing date for applications.


It is particularly important that each of the attachments that are to be taken into account in the assessment is uploaded in full as an attachment to the application.


Application deadline: 1 August 2018

The application must be marked: 18/4378


General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:


Professor Gisela Bøhm, Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen, tel.: (+47) 55 58 86 80,


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant will be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.


Further information about the employment process can be found here.

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    1. august 2018
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