Bergen (N): PhD position in psychology

University: PhD position in psychology on sustainable seafood production and consumption

PhD position

NB! New application deadline

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Psychosocial Science, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years, with a starting date in the first quarter of 2022. The position is affiliated with the project: «How can fisheries contribute more to a sustainable future?», funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

About the project/work tasks:

  • The project is interdisciplinary; the other disciplines involved besides psychology include biological oceanography and marine ecology, plus external partners from industry, NGOs, and government agencies. The project investigates the role of fisheries and society in shaping future sustainable seafood production.
  • The PhD position is part of a work package that focuses on the role of citizens and consumers. The PhD project aims at mapping peoples’ values towards nature and food production across sea and land as well as at studying people’s beliefs, preferences, judgments, and decisions in the context of sustainable food choices.
  • The planned methods include surveys and lab experiments.
  • The tasks of the PhD entail active involvement in and independent contributions to all phases of the research project, such as literature review, study design, data collection, data analysis, scientific publications, and conference contributions.
  • The appointed candidate will be affiliated with the research group DICE (Bergen laboratory for the study of Decision, Intuition, Consciousness, and Emotion) at the Department of Psychosocial Science. Main supervisor is Professor Gisela Böhm.

The project will fund four recruitment positions: two PhD positions (this position included) and two postdocs, who are recruited at the same time and will work together as a team with distinct tasks and responsibilities. Advertisements for the three other positions can be found by following these links:

  • A PhD position in biological oceanography to refine estimates of primary production and trophic efficiencies by using vertically resolved water column modelling (Department of Biological Sciences, UiB)
  • Two postdoctoral positions: A) Modelling and reviewing ecosystem consequences of alternative harvesting approaches to increase food production with reduced climate impact; and B) Integrating modelled impacts across land-based and marine food systems to identify paths towards global sustainability (Department of Biological Sciences, UiB).

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must at the time of application hold a Master's degree or the equivalent in psychology or a related relevant discipline or complete the degree in the autumn semester of 2021. The submission deadline for diplomas for degrees obtained in the autumn of 2021 is 3 January 2022.
  • For admission to the doctoral programme, grade B or above is normally required for the Master’s thesis.
  • Previous research experience relevant to the project is desirable, specifically:
    a background in environmental, cognitive and/or social psychology,
    experience with different research designs
    sound methodological knowledge in quantitative approaches (e.g., survey methodology, experimentation)
  • The applicant is further expected to work independently and in a structured manner, and to have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English is required.

About the PhD position:

The PhD position is a fixed term position. You cannot be employed in a PhD position for more than one fixed term position at the same institution. Applicants cannot already have a doctoral degree/PhD.

About the research training:

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. When your qualification for the position is evaluated, you will also be evaluated for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Psychology.

You will find further information about the PhD programme at the Faculty of Psychology here.

We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 491 200 before taxes. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position. A higher salary may be considered for applicants with specialist education.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main supervisor for the Master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas (higher education) The submission deadline for diplomas for degrees obtained in the autumn of 2021 is 3 January 2022 and may be sent by email to: kari.skodje(at) and post(at)
  • Applicants with foreign education must enclose certified translations to English or Scandinavian if the original Diploma and grade transcripts are not already in one of these languages. The applicants must also enclose a confirmation from NOKUT that the education is recognized to be in accordance with the Norwegian master’s degree. The review from NOKUT may take some time and the application should be sent to NOKUT as soon as you have decided to apply for the position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application. Some qualifications from the Nordic countries are automatically recognized, please check NOKUT.
  • Relevant certificates
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Any publications in your name you want to be included in the evaluation of your application

Please note that applications, along with the information and attachments linked to the application in JobbNorge, will be evaluated after the closing date for applications. Attachments must be in English or a Scandinavian language, and any translations must be certified. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all the necessary information has been submitted by the closing date for applications.

It is particularly important that each of the attachments that are to be taken into account in the assessment is uploaded in full as an attachment to your application.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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