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 Candidate in Teaching English or Norwegian Vocational Education

A position as research fellow is vacant at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research in the subject areas Teaching English or Teaching Norwegian (in Norwegian: “engelsk eller norsk fagdidaktikk”) in vocational education. The research fellow will be expected to pursue educational issues relevant for the teaching and learning of English or Norwegian in Norwegian vocational school settings, grades 11-13.

The department particularly welcomes research proposals on the adaption of the common core subjects English or Norwegian in vocational education (in Norwegian “yrkesretting”).

The present position is affiliated with the research group TEPEC (Teacher Professionalism and Educational Change: Practices, Purposes, Policies).

Positions as research fellows are fixed-term educational posts where the aim is that the research fellow completes a doctoral degree (PhD) during the period of employment. A prerequisite for employment is admission to the Faculty’s doctoral degree programme, and the applicants’ formal and other qualifications for admission will therefore be assessed. 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 due to similar 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 programme. 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.

The application may be written in English or Norwegian. 
The application for a research fellowship in Teaching Norwegian may be in Norwegian.

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 research proposal in terms of a 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, including relevant teaching experience, which in departments of teacher education normally forms the basis of this type of post. Excellent English language skills are required for a project in Teaching English.

 Familiarity with the Norwegian school system and experience in Teaching English or Norwegian in vocational education in Norway will be considered an asset, as will a completed teacher education degree.

 Application procedure

The application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Project description, 5-10 pages (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.

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 and NOK 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 Glenn Ole Hellekjær or Head of Administration Astrid Waaler Kaas.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 12.March 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/15802