Oslo (N): Postdoctoral Fellowship

University: Postdoctoral Fellowship at Section for Methodology, Work, Culture and Social Psychology (MAKS)

Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Psychology

Section for Methodology, Work, Culture and Social Psychology (MAKS)

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Job description

Applicants are invited for a 3-4 year position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The position is open for candidates with a PhD in psychology or a closely related field. The position is linked to the Section of Methodology, Work-, Cultural-, and Social psychology (MAKS).

The Section covers research and teaching within its areas for the bachelor, the master, and the professional/clinical program in psychology. Applications within all areas covered by the Section are welcome to apply, although applicants within Work and Organizational psychology are especially encouraged to apply. The main criterion for selecting a candidate will be excellence in research, as outlined in the qualification requirements.

More about the position

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to four years (with up to 25 % of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities) depending on the Department’s needs and the qualifications of the candidate. Postdoctoral fellows who are appointed for a period of four years are expected to acquire basic pedagogical competency in the course of their fellowship period within the duty component of 25 %.

The primary objective of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines. The applicant must propose a research project thematically within the scope of the Section. The appointee is expected to relate her/his research project to the ongoing research activities conducted at the Section and to cooperate closely with the permanent staff within her/his area of research.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Applicants should demonstrate state-of-the-art knowledge and proficiency in qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • The applicant’s research focus must be relevant to the research activities taking place at the Section.
  • Willingness and ability to cooperate with one or several researchers at the section should be demonstrated.
  • The ability to conduct high-quality research, demonstrated through previous publications in relevant publication channels, as well as through scientific work submitted for consideration, is a prerequisite.

Preferred qualifications

  • Educational competence will count positively. The successful candidate who is hired in a four year position shall document basic university pedagogical training or acquire it during the appointment.
  • Fluency in a Scandinavian language, or the willingness and ability to acquire it during the appointment will count positively.
  • Documentation of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration will count positively.

Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the teaching and research profile at the Section. Priority can be given to projects that contribute to enhanced collaboration within the Section or other Sections at the Department. The teaching language is Norwegian, one of the Scandinavian languages, or English.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 573 900 - 661 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professional working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • A generous pension agreement

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • Project description, including progress plan, statements on impacts you aim to achieve, open science practices and ethical considerations (max. 5-8 pages, excluding references).
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activity).
  • Applicants who have had statutory care leaves should document that.
  • Copies of educational certificates or diplomas (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Up to two academic works (e.g., articles, chapters, manuscripts, thesis work) that the applicant considers their best contributions
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

It is expected that the appointee will be able to complete the project during the period of employment.

Interviews with the best qualified applicants will be arranged.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the project description, documented academic qualifications, and dissemination of results. In the assessment of the project description and academic work, originality, quality, scope, practical and scientific impact, open science practices (see criteria here), and ethics will be emphasized. Ability to collaborate in research projects, motivation, and personal suitability will be taken into consideration during the appointment process. Qualifications and experience in teaching, management, and administration, as well as fluency in a Scandinavian language or willingness to acquire it will also weigh in positively, but cannot substitute for research excellence. Academic achievements will be weighed against career stage.

Career development at the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology wants to facilitate future career opportunities for PhD students, postdocs and associate professors at the Department. We follow UiO's personnel policy, which requires the individual leader to actively follow up his or her employees, among other things by ensuring the individual's opportunity for development at work.

Diversity and gender equality

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives. The Department of Psychology shall work actively for equality, ensure equal opportunities and rights, and prevent discrimination.

See the Gender equality initiative at UiO as well as the Action plan for gender equality, diversity and inclusion at the Department of Psychology 2022-2025 (in Norwegian)

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Professor Beate Seibt, email: beate.seibt(at)psykologi.uio.no

HR officer Dordi Stavik, email: dordi.stavik(at)psykologi.uio.no for questions regarding the electronic application.

About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.

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