Ph.D. candidate in History of education

Western Norway University of Applied Science
September 24, 2023
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Ph.D. position

Ph.D. candidate in History of education About the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 17,500 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports has four departments with staff in Bergen, Sogndal and Stord. This Faculty is one of the largest teachers training institutions in the country with around 6600 students and a staff of 550, offering kindergarten teacher training, primary and secondary school teacher training for Classes 1-7 and 5-10, practical pedagogical education and Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programmes.

The faculty will offer an extensive programme of continuing and further education. Research activities at the Faculty are organised into research programmes and research groups.

The Department of Education, Religion and Social Sciences has approximately 190 employees in Sogndal, Bergen and Stord.

The institute provides teaching at all levels and is involved in kindergarten teacher education, primary school teacher education, bachelor's educations and practical-pedagogical education. In addition, the institute contributes to two-year master's courses and to the PhD program Studies of education and didactic practices. The institute has a wide range of postgraduate and further education options.

Staff at the department are involved in research that is relevant to our courses and participate in professional networking both nationally and internationally. The institute aims to be at the forefront of professionally oriented competence development within its specialist fields. In this context, we are in continuous collaboration with important actors in the region regarding, for example, further education and school- and kindergarten-based competence development.

The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) has a vacancy for

a 3-year Ph.D. position (100%) in history of education at the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports (FLKI).

About the position:

The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) has a vacancy for a 3-year Ph.D. position in history of education at the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports (FLKI), campus Bergen, Sogndal or Stord.

We are looking for creative, motivated, socially committed, and high- performing Ph.D. candidates. The position in history of education is a research and teaching position that will provide promising candidates with opportunities for professional development in kindergarten teacher education. The position will strengthen the knowledge base for kindergarten teacher education and as such belongs to the environment of the KINDknow centre for kindergarten research. This centre constitutes an interdisciplinary knowledge environment for research, dissemination, and teaching in kindergarten teacher education, master's education on kindergarten knowledge, and education at doctoral level.

The phd. candidate must participate in an approved scheme for PhD education within a time frame of 3 years.

It is a prerequisite that the appointed person has a workplace at the Department of Pedagogy, Religion and Social Sciences campus Bergen, Sogndal or Stord during the appointment period.

Deductions may be made in the appointment period for any earlier recruitment period.

The phd. candidate position is a recruitment position that will contribute to an active research environment at HVL.

We would like the candidate to start in the Pd.D. position on 01.01.2024.

General area of the Ph.D. position

The Ph.D. candidate will work on issues within the research field of history of education. We are looking for project proposals that address, from a historical perspective, the question of what key lines of development and features are of early childhood education such as it has emerged (in full diversity) in the Nordics in the last century or so to give the impression (nonetheless) of a “Nordic model” of early childhood education, and, from a historiographical perspective, that of how history of Nordic early childhood education can be figured as to do with sustainability referring to presents and futures as much as to pasts. Project proposals will include a focus on how goals, methods, contents, and practices in Nordic early childhood education have developed in relation to social, cultural, political, and economic expectations. Among particular angles the project could adopt are that of early childhood education curriculum; policy and decision making; expansion of/recruitment to early childhood education and teacher education; key individual and/or collective actors; and diversity, inequalities/inequities, ideas and practices of sustainability. Whatever the angle and choice, the project should shine a light on the development of early childhood education in Norway in light of Nordic perspectives as (a) field(s) of knowledge and highlight and discuss current academic and educational policy challenges.

We are looking for original, feasible projects with good research questions and are open to various theoretical and methodological perspectives, from discourse theoretical approaches to comparative analyses, to histoire croisée approaches, to posthumanist/new materialist history perspectives.

It is expected that the candidate will complete a Ph.D. dissertation within three years, based on peer-reviewed articles. It is also expected that the candidate will participates actively in intellectual and social collaborative research endeavours. This can mean being a co-author, sharing work along the way at seminars, workshops and conferences, responding constructively to initiatives from others, and taking initiatives in the research environment.

The ph.d. candidate's project must be arranged so the holder can be admitted to the PhD program Studies in Education and didactic studies. See the review, study plan and admission requirements for the program here: https: // www. praksisar/

The Ph.D candidate must apply for admission to the PhD program Studies of education and didactic practices. The supervisor will, together with the candidate, prepare a detailed plan for the research education, which will be linked to admission to the PhD programme. The final plan for doctoral education must be approved and agreed upon no later than three months after appointment.


Qualification requirements:

Relevant master's degree within the history of education, knowledge of kindergartens, pedagogy or subject combinations within social sciences or humanities. The master's thesis must be submitted for assessment before the application deadline, and the master's degree (120 credits or equivalent) must be approved no later than 3 weeks after the application deadline.

  • The grade on the master's thesis must normally be B or better
  • Project description and the quality of this is emphasized
  • Research-relevant experience, such as publication and participation in research projects from up to the last 3 years is emphasized
  • The person who is appointed must meet the requirements for admission to the PhD program Studies in education and didactic practices. For more information, see: https: // www. danning-phd.pdf

    Applicants must have good skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, as well as English, written and spoken.

    Wanted qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic education as a kindergarten teacher/preschool teacher and/or within history
  • Personal characteristics:

  • Have good collaboration and communication skills
  • Have the ability to work independently, take initiative and be flexible
  • Ability to work efficiently and systematically
  • Ability to innovate and implement
  • Contribute to an inclusive and international working environment
  • High ethical conscience in the research work is required.

    Applicants must submit a preliminary project description of a maximum of five pages, which is based on the project outline for the study and describe how the applicant envisages the implementation of the project, with the choice of theme, issues, method and plan for implementing the project. The preliminary project description will be used in the assessment of the candidate's qualifications and will not be the final project description. It will be designed together with the supervisor.

    Applications for admission to the PhD program is to be sent after a possible appointment. No later than 3 months after appointment, the fellow must have been admitted to the PhD programme. More information about the Ph.D. You can find the education at: https: // www. av-danning-og-didaktiske-praksisar/

    Application procedure:

    Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.

    Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

    The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master Thesis
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 5)
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.

    Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education (bachelor and master's degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master's degree. Please see https: // www. for more information about NOKUT's general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

    Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel.

    Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.

  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development

  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

  • Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) / NOK 532 200,- in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

    There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see https:// www. for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

    General information:

    The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

    State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

    Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

    Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview.

    Employment relies on the condition that you are granted a work and residence permit.


    1) Professor and head of Barnkunne Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

    Phone: 55 58 59 32

    E-mail: [email protected]

    2) Assistant head of department Torunn Herfindal

    Phone: 55 58 57 39

    E-mail: [email protected]


    24th September 2023


    Western Norway University of Applied Sciences






    Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)


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    Røyrgata 6, 6856 Sogndal

    Inndalsveien 28, 5063 Bergen

    Klingenbergvegen 4, 5414 Stord

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