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.

There is a vacancy as a research fellow in a fixed-term position affiliated to the research group ‘Aging, Health and Welfare at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy. 

The research fellowship period is three years without a teaching obligation. 

Area of Research
A lot of resources have been invested in health research, and a question that can be raised is: How do the patients or users benefit from the research? Translation research translates the results of research into clinically relevant knowledge.

According to WHO, knowledge translation has emerged as a paradigm to tackle many of the challenges and to start closing the ‘know-do’ gap. One definition of knowledge translation is: 'the synthesis, exchange, and application of knowledge by relevant stakeholders to accelerate the benefits of global and local innovation in strengthening health systems and improving people’s health'.

It is in the interests of the health professions, patients, decision-makers and the general public that the health service’s decisions are based on the best research available. However, different attitudes, views on knowledge, and cultural and organisational factors create barriers for the implementation of research in practice. This gap creates different practical, scientific and political challenges, both in Norway and internationally, in the field of fall prevention.

The research group Aging, Health and Welfare seeks to reduce the gap between research and practice, which is why the focus for the vacancy in the PhD project is:

Barriers and facilitators to adherence to the prioritised recommendations in Evidence-based practice (EBP) fall prevention.

Which recommendations from EBP guidelines, review and metaanalysis should be prioritized in a fall prevention programme?

What factors determine whether and how health care providers, multiprofessional teams and the health system will continue to sustain, spread, or substitute a new strategy to implement an EBP fall prevention programme?

What are the structural, organizational and economic conditions that inhibit and promote comprehensive and integrated patient and user progress that contribute to ensuring sustainable health and welfare services as well as reducing unwarranted variation and undesirable priorities regarding fall prevention?

Tailoring implementation interventions

Investigate whether a full scale cluster randomised trial can be conducted in the way it is planned, develop tailored implementation interventions lasting for one month that address identified determinants for adherence to the prioritised recommendations in the fall prevention and to perform a small scale single-armed study to test the feasibility of procedures and methods for the tailored implementation interventions for later use in the full cluster RCT.

The main goal of the advertised PhD projects is:

to develop and evaluate innovative research-based tailored interventions to implement an evidence based fall-prevention programme in the health, care and welfare services in the municipalities of Norway, highlighting interdisciplinary competency, efficiency and sustainability and ensuring good patient and user pathways based on the users’ needs.

The sub-goals are:

  • enhance the quality of national and international healthcare services through the implementation of a user-friendly interdisciplinary fall prevention programme
  • develop policy recommendations together with users and policy makers and transfer evidence into practice and education
  • establish new arenas of cooperation by bringing together researchers, service providers and users from various areas across the health, care and welfare sector
  • facilitate knowledge transfer into the training of health professionals
  • strengthen the quality of fall prevention practice.

On this background, the research group Aging, Health and Welfare is advertising two research fellow positions affiliated to the project ‘Implementation of evidence based fall-prevention programmes in the health care services: Quality, competency and effectiveness (FALLPREVENT)

Contact Astrid Bergland if you want more information about the research project.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for candidates who have

  • a master's degree (120 credits/ECTS) or equivalent formal education in medicine/health sciences
  • have good oral and written presentation skills in a Scandinavian language and English
  • relevant experience of health care for the elderly 

Admission to the PhD Programme in Health Sciences is a precondition for taking up the position. In order to be admitted to the PhD programmes at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the applicant must have achieved grade B or better on the master’s degree/second degree thesis and an average grade equivalent to a B or better on the master's degree thesis. In special cases, applicants with the grade C might be considered for admission. See the information regarding criteria here.

Relevant research and development work will be emphasised. It is an advantage if you have experience of publishing academic articles and participation in international seminars/conferences.

When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on the submitted project description.

Desirable qualities

  • the ability to work independently and purposefully
  • enthusiasm for the subject area
  • good cooperation skills 

It is important to OsloMet 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. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

We offer

  • opportunities for academic development in a large and inspiring specialist and research environment
  • participation in an active research group with regular meetings/seminars and a good external network
  • a good working environment, flexible working hours and good employee welfare arrangements.
  • pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees, position code 1017, research fellow, pay grade 54, NOK 479,600 as a starting salary the first year. The salary increases during the period to pay grade 57.

More information
For more information about the position and the project description for the NFR (Research Council of Norway) application, please contact

  • Professor Astrid Bergland, email astridb@oslomet.no, tel. (+47) 67236309 / (+47) 45272760

For questions of an administrative nature, contact turi@oslomet.no

For questions regarding admission to the doctoral degree programme, contact


OsloMet uses an electronic recruitment system. If you wish to apply for the position, please register your application and CV by clicking the button.  

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

  • your application, CV and copies of diplomas, transcripts of grades and references. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.
  • a list of your publications, if relevant
  • master’s degree/second degree thesis, and other scientific work if relevant
  • project description (maximum 10 pages, Times New Roman 12-point font. The reference list must be in 9-point font). The above-mentioned project description, based on the application to the NFR that was granted funding, must show that the project you want to complete will lead to a PhD degree over the course of three years. Information about the project description submitted to NFR can be acquired by contacting Astrid Bergland. The project description may be written in a Scandinavian language or English based on the Research Council of Norway’s template.
    Please note: Contact Astrid Bergland or turi@oslomet.no to get the template sent to you. 

The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be government authorised. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance, and a certified copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed. We will ask you to present the original documents if you are called in for an interview.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Final date for applications:     14 April 2020

Ref:                 20/01318

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary NOK 479,600
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 20/01318
  • Astrid Bergland, tlf. 67236309 / 45272760
Published 05.Feb.2020
Last application date 14.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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