Faculty of Health Sciences , Department of Physiotherapy

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.


The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of five departments and offers study programmes on all levels, including PhD. The faculty has about 6000 students and nearly 600 members of staff.

Research fellow in physiotherapy affiliated to the project Overvektsbehandling og hverdagsliv – barns erfaringer (‘overweight treatment and daily life – children’s experiences’).

There is a vacancy for a research fellow in a fixed-term position at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Department of Physiotherapy in the field of physiotherapy.

The research fellowship period is full-time for three years without teaching obligations / required duties. A period of four years in 75 % of a full-time position may also be an alternative. This will be decided when the appointment is made.

Extensive research activity is conducted in the department, and several research groups have been established. The Faculty of Health Sciences has two PhD programmes, and this research fellowship is affiliated to the PhD programme in Health Sciences.

Admission to the PhD Programme in Health Sciences is a precondition for taking up the position. More information about the application for admission to the PhD programme will be provided in the appointment process.

Field of work

The position will be affiliated to the research group '(Re)habilitation – Individuals, Services and Society’ on the project Overvektsbehandling og hverdagsliv – barns erfaringer (‘Overweight treatment and daily life – children's experience’).

To acquire the project outline, please contact Karen Synne Groven (karensy@oslomet.no)

The PhD programme has a qualitative design where both interviews and participatory observation will be employed. The research problems focus on the significance of physical activity and food before, during and after participating in interdisciplinary, family-based treatment options.


We are looking for candidates who have

  • a master's degree in health sciences, physiotherapy (120 credits/ECTS) or equivalent education
  • a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy
  • experience of using qualitative research methods at master’s degree level (can be in connection with the master's thesis)
  • knowledge of / experience of phenomenology (phenomenology of the body)
  • experience of / interest in work with children and young people, and an interest in the topics of overweight and lifestyle changes
  • experience of writing long papers and possibly articles
  • experience of interaction/communication with children and young people, preferably clinical experience or other relevant experience
  • The applicant must understand and be able to speak and write a Scandinavian language or English

We are looking for a candidate with

  • interest and motivation for the topic of the PhD thesis
  • a deep interest and motivation for research and development of new knowledge
  • good cooperation skills
  • the ability to work independently and in a focused manner over time with work involving analytical skills and writing
  • an interest in and the ability to communicate with children and young people

It is important to OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required.

We can offer you

  • opportunities for further academic development in a creative and inspiring academic and research environment
  • good pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • flexible working hours and good employee welfare arrangements

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees, position code 1017, currently starting at NOK 449,400 for the first year. The salary will increase to NOK 480,600 during the research fellowship period.


If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • your application, CV and copies of diplomas, transcripts of grades and references
  • motivation letter (max. three pages) explaining why you would be a suitable candidate for the research fellow position. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language.
  • education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed
  • a list of your publications
  • your master's/second degree thesis

You must upload references and all pages of certificates/diplomas. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be government authorised. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet checks documents in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Other information

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Associate Professor Karen Synne Groven, e-mail: Karensy@oslomet.no: (+47) 93 02 88 83

Deadline for applications:      31 January 2019

Ref.: 18/12620


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary NOK 449,400
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Pilestredet 50, Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/12620
  • Karen Synne Groven, Associate Professor, +47 93028883
Published 14.Dec.2018
Last application date 31.Jan.2019 11:59 PM CET

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