The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

Department of Education is one of three departments at UiO's Faculty of Educational Sciences. The department comprises the largest community of educational researchers in Norway. The department's educational science perspectives are concerned with the nature of learning, development learning, organisational, political and institutional dimensions of education, as well as design, communication and learning in digital environments. The department has currently about 90 staff members, and 13 in administrative/technical positions. The department has approximately 900 students.
Department of Education
Postdoctoral Fellow

A position as a postdoctoral fellow (SKO 1352) for a three-year period is vacant in the Department of Education. The postdoctoral position is within the subject area of comparative curriculum studies. The purpose of the postdoctoral fellowship position is to sustain, develop and strengthen the department’s comparative and international research projects on curriculum and school reform (primary or secondary education).

An important goal within this area is to understand the multitude conditions and expectations which shape history and present issues in the field of curriculum studies, and how the interplay between actors and institutions contribute to educational change and development in constructive and creative ways. We welcome applications which refer to curriculum studies, including theories about teaching and learning in schools, and applications which draw on comparative and international policy and research perspectives, relevant within a Nordic context.

Applicants are expected to prepare a project proposal that can be positioned within the project portfolio of the research group “Curriculum Studies, Leadership and Educational Governance” (CLEG) at the Faculty of Education. A budget and progress plan for the project should be included in the application.

The main objective of appointments to the position of postdoctoral fellow is to qualify researcher for work in top academic positions within their respective area of study.

We are seeking highly motivated and competent candidates who are willing and able to participate actively in the research community in the department and in the research group. The successful candidate will be expected to complete the project and publish articles in recognized international journals.

The appointment applies for a three-year period. Up to 10% required duties can be agreed. The guidelines concerning appointment to post-doctoral and research fellowship positions at the University of Oslo can be viewed here

Qualification requirements

The appointment requires a PhD or a equivalent degree in another relevant discipline. A prerequisite for applicants who have not yet defended their thesis is that the PhD work is submitted for assessment before the closing date for applications. Appointment to the post-doctoral position is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

The applicants are advised to contact researchers within CLEG: Associate Professor Kirsten Sivesind, or Professor Berit Karseth, before submitting their application.

In the assessment of the applications, emphasis will be put on:

  • The quality of the project description; outlining the research topic, the specific problems to be studied, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a proposed schedule for the study and deliverables (for example three articles). The project proposal is not to exceed 10 pages and must be submitted with the application.
  • The project’s relevance for the field of research
  • The applicants’ publications and academic and personal qualifications for conducting the project
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the post
  • Good capability to collaborate nationally and internationally and to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area.

Applications must be sent electronically via Easycruit and must contain:

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Certified copies of diplomas and testimonials
  • Project description, including progress plan and budget (max. 10 pages). It is assumed that the applicant will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment
  • Any academic works that must be taken into account in the assessment (up to 10 academic works)

The application must be written in English.

As a general rule interviews will form part of the appointment process.

We offer

  • Salary between NOK 486 100 and NOK 567 100 per year (pay grade 57-65), depending on qualifications
  • 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.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 12 March, 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/249