Centre for the Study of Professions (SPS)

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

SPS develops the study of professions as a multidisciplinary field of research, comprising research from a wide range of disciplines. SPS aims to be a leading centre for research and graduate study within the study of professions in the Nordic countries.

OsloMet’s Centre for the Study of Professions (SPS) offers a 3-year PhD position in the research project SciLMi, for a candidate with a background in Educational Sciences, Educational Psychology, Educational Sociology, or other relevant disciplines.


SciLMi: Meta-Scientific Literacies in the (Mis-)Information Age is a three-year Teacher Academy project funded by the EU's Erasmus+ program. The project aims to develop, pilot, and evaluate hybrid courses for teachers to equip them with the competence to teach students how to interpret information. This includes information from the internet or social media, as well as information from newspapers or traditional media. The SciLMi Teacher Academy aims to empower teachers to educate students as competent democratic citizens in a (digital) media reality where they are confronted daily with erroneous or misleading information.

Project activities

The main activities of SciLMi involve the development, implementation, and evaluation of learning activities to enhance students' digital competence, enabling them to function as competent citizens in a digitalized society. The work is divided into eight work packages. Two of these work packages will develop and evaluate mobile programs to support teachers' professional development, enabling them to enhance students' ability to interpret information. These courses will be taught by project partners. Initially, a systematic review of the literature on teachers' and students' digital competence will be conducted.

The PhD fellow is free to choose their own trajectory in the project, within the frame of SciLMi. This trajectory can be supplemented with activities in a similar project, financed by the same Erasmus+ program, Teacher Education for a Future in Flux (TEFF). The precise design of the topic and tasks will be developed as a project outline in collaboration between the doctoral candidate and the supervisor after the candidate is hired.

The ph.d. scholarship is for three years, with the possibility of an extension of up to one year if additional work is included (by mutual agreement).

Project group

The SciLMi project is led by researchers at the University of Innsbruck and involves a wide range of partners from various European countries. The doctoral candidate, along with the supervisor, will serve as representatives of OsloMet in the SciLMi project, and there will be regular project meetings in which the doctoral candidate is expected to participate. Data collection takes place in collaboration with the partner institutions.

The Centre

The doctoral candidate will be part of the research group Professional Knowledge and Qualification at the Centre for the Study of Professions (SPS).

At SPS, you will work in an interdisciplinary environment that is also theoretically and methodologically diverse, alongside researchers and doctoral candidates with backgrounds in sociology, education, history, philosophy, political science, social anthropology, health sciences, economics, and psychology. The Centre is a leading research and doctoral education environment in the study of professions in the Nordic region. Currently, the Centre has around 50 affiliated people.

Read more about the research at SPS.

Qualification requirements:

  • a master's degree (120 ECTS) in educational science, psychology or other relevant social-scientific discipline, with grade B or better
  • good methodological skills, both qualitative and quantitative
  • very good English skills, oral and written
  • you must master a Scandinavian language, oral and written
  • you must have SPS as your place of work
  • The offer of a scholarship is contingent upon admission to the doctoral program in the study of professions before commencement. Application for admission to the program will take place after the scholarship offer has been given.

Relevant research experience, academic publications, and participation in international seminars/conferences are valued, but not required.

In the assessment of applicants, emphasis will be placed on the submitted extended letter of application (see below), the candidate's relevance to the project and to the Centre’s research areas, the quality of previous work (e.g., master's thesis), and grades from higher education.

We are looking for applicants who have:

  • a strong interest in research
  • analytic capacity
  • determination, autonomy, and collaborative skills
  • personal suitability and motivation for the position

It is important for 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. If there are periods where you have not been in work, under education or in training, you are also welcome to apply.

We offer:

  • professional development in an international research environment
  • participation in meetings both in Oslo and with international collaborators
  • opportunities for periods abroad during the scholarship period
  • close integration in an active research group at the Centre
  • a large, vibrant, and inclusive community of fellow doctoral candidates
  • an established doctoral program with good support and supervision mechanisms
  • a flat structure where you interact on equal terms with tenured staff
  • a work environment that values mutual recognition and encouragement
  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway's third-largest university
  • favourable loan and pension terms through the State Pension Fund
  • flexible working hours and comprehensive welfare benefits

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 54, or 532 200 NOK per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for the position, please do so via our application portal. With the application, you must present an extended application letter. The candidate who is offered the position will have to further develop a research proposal, on which acceptance to the PhD-programme will be based.

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

  • CV, reference letters and all pages 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.
  • Extended application letter (2-3 pages where you explain why you want to do a PhD, why you are interested in this position and this project, relevant experience and background, and what you can contribute, written in English)
  • Your master's degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that you wish the expert committee to take into consideration) along with a list of your publications/research experiences, if relevant.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

As the first step in the evaluation process, a Selection Committee will review all applications. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements will be reviewed by a Panel of Experts. Following the expert panel’s assessment, the most highly ranked candidates will be invited to an interview.

OsloMet has adhered to the principles in the DORA declaration and obliged the institution to follow the recommendations in this declaration.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to OsloMet.

Other information

For more information about the position, please contact:

Deadline for applications: 16.10.2023

Ref.: 23/05212

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 23/05212
  • Wilfried Admiraal, +4767237872
  • Beate Elvebakk, +4741784106
Published 01.Sep.2023
Last application date 16.Oct.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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