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 Teacher Education and School Research (ILS)is one of three departments in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo.

The Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) is Norway’s leading academic department in the areas of subject didactics, educational leadership and school-based research and development. The Department is Norway’s largest teacher education institution at university level.

The Department has around 500 students in the Teacher Education Programme (PPU) – both full- and part-time, around 100 master’s degree students in subject didactics and around 200 master’s degree students in educational leadership.

The Department has around 90 academic and 40 administrative staff.
Department of Teacher Education and School Research
PhD Research fellowship in Education Research

A position as research fellow is vacant at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research in Education Research with a particular focus on the areas Educational Governance and Leadership. The position will be linked to an ongoing research project funded by Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study, titled “Assessing the Impact of Leadership Preparation (PreLead), cf. http://www.uv.uio.no/english/research/groups/cleg/ , which started in 2016.

Formal education of school leaders has gained increased interest internationally. But the field offers few specifics about what happens when school leaders enter the field and attempt to apply their theoretical knowledge and value orientation to practice. The project has a comparative design which examines the complexities of university-based leadership Masters Programs in two different testing and accountability policy contexts. Proposals which aim to identify the interplay between leadership preparation, educational policies, and leadership practices in schools’ efforts to promote democracy, human rights, and equity across national contexts are particularly welcome.

The Department of Teacher Education and School Research organizes four research groups. It is expected that the applicant is affiliated with the research group Curriculum Studies, Leadership and Educational Governance (CLEG).

Positions as research fellows are fixed-term educational posts where the aim is that the research fellow is to complete a doctoral degree (PhD) during the period of employment. A prerequisite for employment is admission to the Faculty’s doctoral degree program, and applicants’ formal and other qualifications for admission will therefore also be assessed. Research fellowship positions are defined as recruitment posts and represent an important instrument in the sector’s work of generating qualified applicants for other academic posts at universities and university colleges in the long-term perspective. The doctoral candidate is expected to participate actively in the organized research training and in the Faculty’s research community.

The appointment is made for a period of up to four years (25 % of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities). The appointment can have a more limited scope on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

For further information, we refer to Guidelines concerning appointment to post-doctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo.

Qualification requirements

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

  • Documented successful completion of

- a Master's degree program (normally equivalent to a Norwegian two years' MA degree/ECTS 120 credits), or

- a similar higher education program,

in both cases with thesis, and within relevant and accepted subject areas.

  • Documented result of the masters' degree required: Minimum grade B or equivalent (ECTS grading scale) including the grade on the thesis.

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

Norwegian skills at minimum advanced level are required. Familiarity with the Norwegian school system will be considered an advantage.

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

  • The applicant’s academic aptitude with regard to completing the research training program.
  • The quality of the project description; the description of the research topic, the specific problems to be studied, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a proposed schedule for the study. A project description of 5 - 10 pages must be submitted with the application (Guidelines project description)
  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the post, including his/her ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community.
  • Other qualifications that  meet the objectives which form the basis of this type of post. Good English language skills are also required.

Application procedure

The application must be submitted electronically and must 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: printouts of prospectuses or similar that describe the content and framework of the courses of study on which the application is based.
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works that may be of relevance to the application.
  • CV that also includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific works.

The application may be written in English or Norwegian.  Incomplete applications will in normal circumstances not be assessed.

As a rule, 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 between NOK 432 700 – 489 300,- per year (pay grade 50-57). Research fellows are normally allocated pay grade 50 on appointment.
  • A positive and challenging  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.

For further information about the position, please contact: Professor Jorunn Møller or Head of Administration Astrid Waaler Kaas. 

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 15. March 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/15972
  • Contacts:
  • Head of Administration Astrid Waaler Kaas
    Telephone: +47 22855018
  • Professor Jorunn Møller
    Telephone: +47 22857618
  • Førstekonsulent Ingjerd Mathisen
    Telephone: +47 22858130