Faculty of Health Sciences , Department of Behavioural Sciences

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, 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 centre 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.

Department of Behavioural Sciences har approximately 750 students and 60 employees. The department is represented at all three campus; Kjeller, Pilestredet and Sandvika.


We are seeking a candidate with a Master’s degree for a three-year, full-time position as a Ph.D. student at the Department of Behavioral Science, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.

The research for the Ph.D. degree will be conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska at the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center in New Haven, USA and Dr. Svein Eikeseth at the Oslo Metropolitan University in Oslo, Norway.

The Ph.D. student will join an interdisciplinary research team consisting of experts in developmental science and psychopathology at the Social Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program and will be involved in prospective studies of infants at risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as toddlers and preschoolers with ASD.

The student will be expected to complete three 10 ECTS Courses (Research Ethics and Professional Standards, Research Methods, and one elective course) at the Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway and to complete a research project and write a dissertation for the PhD degree.   

Area of research

The research will focus on the development and implementation of novel tasks for identifying discriminant and stratification biomarkers in ASD in young children with ASD using eye-tracking methods. 

Main duties of the position

  • the development and implementation of eye-tracking and behavioral protocols targeting early markers of core symptoms in autism
  • data processing and analysis
  • manuscript preparation   

To be eligible you must have

  • master’s degree in Psychology, Behavior Analysis, Neuroscience or a related field
  • strong methodological background in study design and statistical analysis in SPSS, SAS, or R
  • proficiency in both written and spoken English

Candidates with the following skill sets will be reviewed favorably

  • familiarity with eye-tracking methodology
  • proficiency in programming in R and MATLAB
  • strong publication and/or presentation record
  • strong ability to work in interdisciplinary research teams
  • strong ability to work effectively and independently
  • excellent attention to detail
  • experience working with children with special needs and their families

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We actively work to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace when required. You are welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.


We can offer you

  • an exciting job opportunity
  • additional training opportunities available to pre- and post-doctoral fellows through the resources of the Yale University School of Medicine and the Child Study Center, as well as the Oslo Metropolitan University.
  • beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • good employee welfare arrangements

Salary information

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. State salary wage scale 491 200,- NOK per year (equivalent to approximately $ 56,000 per year).


Contact Information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Professor Svein Eikeseth, Ph.D. svein.eikeseth@oslomet.no
  • Professor Katarzyna Chawarska, Ph.D, Katarzyna.Chawarska@yale.edu

How to Apply

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

A complete application must contain:

  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. List of three references
  3. Copies of certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  4. Your master's degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that you wish the expert committee to take into consideration) and a list of your publications, if relevant

You must upload all these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact ankag@oslomet.no

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

Deadline for applications: November 3rd. 2021
Ref.:     21/08724

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1st of January 2022
Salary NOK 491 200,- per year (equivalent to approximately $ 56,000 per year).
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 21/08724
  • Svein Eikeseth
  • Katarzyna Chawarska
Published 21.Oct.2021
Last application date 03.Nov.2021 11:59 PM CET
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