Faculty of Education and International Studies, Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education

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 Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO).

The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education (GFU) has strong research communities within the field of school subjects, educational science, and digital competence, and educates teachers for the Norwegian school system in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Department offers studies on bachelor and master level, and contributes to the general development of skills for school employees through continuing and further education.

PhD Fellowship within the topic “The effects of digital transformations on the Digital Generation (DigiGen)”

The Faculty of Education and International Studies announces one scholarship affiliated with the research project: The Impact of Technological Transformations on the Digital Generation (DigiGen). The project is funded through the EU Horizon 2020 program and is coordinated by the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI), Oslo Metropolitan University. The interdisciplinary project team includes researchers from a total of nine European countries. The start date for the position is September 1st, 2021. The announced position will be placed in the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education at the Pilestredet campus. The PhD scholarship is also affiliated with the research group, Digital Learning Arenas.

Area of research

The DigiGen project will generate new knowledge about how children and young people use and are affected by the technological transformations in their everyday lives. This will include a focus on education, the home, leisure time and children and young people’s civic participation. The project aims to achieve this by explaining the conditions under which harmful versus beneficial effects occur when children and young people use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This will be achieved by using participatory methodologies that include children and young people as co-researchers. Through the use of participatory methodologies the project focuses on understanding why and how some children and young people benefit from ICT use while others seem to be impacted negatively. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who take an interest in developing research competencies focusing on two-three of the following topics:

• Understanding how ICT influences children and young people’s lives and how they interact with technology in their everyday lives
• How students in different age groups (lower and upper secondary) rate and assess the value of digital technology/digital competence in their education as a preparation for adult life, and for developing their own way of living and working in the digital age
• Identifying what children and young people at different educational levels (lower and upper secondary education) consider as threats (risks) in terms of their own ICT use and how schools can address these threats
• How different learners experience and benefit, or are excluded from, digitally enhanced learning (e.g. male and female students, students of an immigrant background, students with disabilities, urban and rural population)
• Analyse the changes in the role of teachers, teacher educators and school leaders (e.g. rector, head teachers, school inspectors) in the digital transition in education and their continuous professional development needs
• How can teachers and teacher educators be actively involved in shaping and co-designing education and digital tools and how can teacher education institutions be supported in innovating their programmes for pre-service teachers in order to foster professional digital competence and ICT self-efficacy.

Read more about the faculty and the department here.

The fellowship position is a 100% position for three years, available from 01.09.2021. Applicants must submit a Ph.D. project description with the application based on the template available here. The Ph.D. project description must be in English. Potential applicants are asked to get in touch with the contact person for the overall project for additional information about the project and input on the planned individual project description.

Read more about the project here DigiGen EU or on our Website.

Appointment to a research fellowship is conditional on admission to the PhD programme in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education at the Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) at OsloMet. Read more here. Applications for admission must be approved and an agreement entered into no later than three months after the research fellow takes up the position. Relevant candidates will be informed about the application process and deadlines. The person appointed is expected to complete the programme within the nominal length of study.

Qualification requirements:

• Successful applicants must have completed a master’s degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a grade B or better, and in addition have a background in teacher education or other relevant education at a comparable level. For more information, see Admission requirements. Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
• Admission to the Ph.D. programme in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education is a prerequisite.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

• The scientific quality of the Ph.D. project description, including originality and potential
• The Ph.D. project's feasibility within the standard period (three years)
• The relevance of the Ph.D. project description to the overall project to which the Ph.D. proposal is linked (cf. the overview above)
• Attached scientific work
• Other relevant publications
• Experience from previous research activities and project participation
• Teaching experience at the college and university level can be an asset
• Capacity to engage in interactive fieldwork among diverse groups (with children, young people and teachers in educational institutions)
• Ability to work independently and purposefully
• Advantage to speak a Scandinavian language

Desired qualifications

• Motivation and potential in the field of research
• Personal qualities that, among other things, show perseverance and the ability to complete tasks
• The ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, as well as the ability to be innovative and creative
• The ability to work systematically and under pressure

Oslo Metropolitan University strives to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the population of the region. We work continuously to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace, and to adapt the workplace if required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, also those who have experienced periods without work, education or training.

We offer

• an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest university
• participation in a dynamic and diverse academic community
• participation in an established doctoral program and a research group relevant to the Ph.D. project
• a dynamic workplace
• loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
• good employee welfare arrangements

Further information:

For more information about the projects, please contact:
• Project coordinator, Professor Halla B. Holmarsdottir, tel. (+47) 67 23 72 36, hallab@oslomet.no

If you have questions about admission to the PhD programme, please contact
• Senior Adviser Monica Roland, tel. (+47) 67 23 88 82, email monicaro@oslomet.no

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees, position code 1017, with an annual salary of NOK 482 200,-. A statutory contribution of 2 per cent to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the salary.

Research fellows at LUI are currently awarded operating funds in the amount of NOK 25,000 to fund their PhD project (annually for three years). In addition, research fellows can get funding for certain activities from relevant research groups.

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. All applications will be reviewed by the faculty before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee. Applications from applicants who are not qualified, will not be forwarded for assessment.

The following documents must be uploaded with the application by the deadline:

• CV, references and all pages of all 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 be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
• Ph.D. project description: maximum of 10 pages. The Ph.D. project description must be written in English or a Scandinavian language.
• Master's degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that the expert committee should take into consideration)
• List of publications, if relevant
Original documents must be presented in connection with an interview. Oslo Metropolitan University inspects documents in order to give all candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

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

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying and provide reasons for why you are particularly qualified for this Ph.D. fellowship position.

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

In order to apply for the position, please apply electronically directed from this page.

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1. september 2021
Salary NOK 482 200,- per year
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 20/11566
  • Heidi Hertzberg Wold, 67235994
Published 15.Dec.2020
Last application date 26.Jan.2021 11:59 PM CET

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