PhD position Research Fellow - ANeED-study- joint effort

Western Norway University of Applied Science
June 20, 2023
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Stipendiat tilknyttet ANeED-studien (Ambroxol ved demens med Lewy legemer)

PhD position Research Fellow - ANeED-study- joint effort This is Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 18,000 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.

We offer a broad range of educational programmes within the field of Health and Social Sciences as well as continuing education and post-graduate programmes, several master's degrees and a doctoral program in Health, Functioning and Participation.

The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has around 370 employees and about 4,500 students. We offer a broad range of educational programmes within the field of health and social sciences, as well as continuing education and postgraduate programmes, several Master's degrees, and doctoral programmes in Health, Functioning and Participation, and Responsible Innovation and Regional Development - RESINNREG. Our students receive extensive skills training in addition to practice, mainly through exercise in communication and testing at SimArena, wich is an advanced simulation centre. We practice flexible learning forms that allow the students themselves to participate in research and development work.

Department of Health and Caring Sciences educate, research and communicate in the field of nursing and caring science. We have a bachelor in nursing and also a master's degree with specializing in anesthesia, pediatric, intensive care, surgical, diabetes, cardiologist or health nurse. The department has about 200 employees and 2400 students.

About the position

The Department of Health and Caring Sciences at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) has a vacancy for a research fellow (PhD postion) for a period of 4 years. 25% of the time will be duty-work.

The PhD research fellow will be part of the project ANeED, Ambroxol study, and be part of the PhD programme Health, Function and Participation.

Main duties and responsibilities:

We will investigate the experiences of carers including the effect of the current test medicine (Ambroxol) in people with Lewy body dementia and analyse the effect this might have on caregiver's (informal) burden. Questionnaires, interviews and analysis of technological aids such as smart watches, sleep and EEG sensors used by both patients and relatives will be used. Caregivers will have access to a specially adapted educational package, directly linked to the diagnosis of Lewy body dementia, but also several other intervention studies such as touch therapy will be a part of the study.

The PhD candidate will be part of the research group in age related medicine in Helse Fonna and a research group at HVL. Information about the research group and the link of the project in question to research areas in the group can be provided by Ellen Svendsbø, HVL.

The project leader is senior consultant and Professor Arvid Rongve (Helse Fonna and UiB) and work package leader and main supervisor is Associate Professor Ellen Svendsbø (HVL). The position is funded by HVL.

It is assumed that the research fellow's project is organised so that the research fellow can be admitted to the PhD programme Health, Function and Participation, HVL. Applications for admission to the PhD programme must only be submitted after an appointment. Together with the main supervisor, the candidate must prepare a detailed plan for the research training. Applications for admission to the PhD programme must be submitted no later than 3 months after appointment.

It is a precondition that the appointed person has a workplace at the Department of Health and Caring Sciences, either at campus Stord, campus Haugesund, campus Bergen, campus Sogndal or at campus Førde, and that the duty-work is carried out at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. The data collection will be based at Helse Fonna, Haugesund, and some travel activity must be expected if one is not stationed at the campus in this region.

Qualification requirements:

Applicants must hold a relevant master`s degree, preferably in nursing. It will be an advantage with experience from working with caregivers, preferably in geriatrics. Candidates with other professional education in health and care disciplines with relevant master's degrees may be evaluated. Applicants with interest in information and communications technology and experience are preferred.

The master thesis must be submitted for assessment within the application deadline, and the master degree (120 ECT or equivalent) must be approved within four weeks after the application deadline. The master thesis must be 30 ECT minimum. The thesis and other scientific work must be added to the application.

The following qualifiacations will be particularly emphasized:

  • Professional qualifications within the announced area
  • The master`s thesis and average grade on the master`s degree normally must be grade B or better on the ECTs grading system
  • Scientific qualifications
  • Experience in project work, teaching and supervision
  • Excellent level of spoken and written norwegian and english
  • Computer knowledge and skills
  • Personal characteristics:

  • Good ability to work independently and systematicly
  • Innovative and ability to implement
  • Ability to work independently but also contribute in the professional environment and the research groups
  • Applicants must submit a preliminary project description of maximum five pages based on the main project outline for Ambroxol in New and Early patients with prodromal and mild Dementia with Lewybodies (DLB), the ANeED-joint effort study. The outline must describe how the applicant foresees the PhD-project, including background, earlier research, preliminary research questions, method, and have a plan for how the project should be carried out. Interested applicants can contact project manager Arvid Rongve or Ellen Svendsbø to receive the main project outline. The preliminary project description will be used in assessing the candidate's qualifications and will not be the final plan, as this will be constructed together with the main supervisor. When evaluating, the applicant's potential for research within the topic of health and caregivers will be of great importance.

    The applicant must also include a description of his/her own motivation for entering a research fellowship position, as well as include an account of previous academic, research and dissemination experience.

    Application for the PhD programme should be submitted after an appointment is made. The candidate must be enrolled as a PhD student within 3 months from the start of the employment.

    For more information about the PhD prgramme in Health, Function and Participation at: PhD Programme in Health, Function and Participation - Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (

    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”).

    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, including the master thesis, the scientific work (up to 5 pieces), complete publicationlist, project description, certificates and diplomas. If the diplomas, transcripts or other documentation are not in a scandinavian language or English, the applicant must upload the certified transactions himself. If the attachments exceed 50 MB, they must be compressed before uploading or attaching as a link.

    Applicants with foreign education must also attach NOKUTs general assessment if the education match/equals a norwegian master education. Look to www. for further information regarding assessment of higher education.

    The applications will be sent electronically to the expert committee. Based on the committee's recommendation, qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.

    Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

    We offer:
  • 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
  • The position as Research Fellow is paid according to the Government's salary regulation, in position code 1017 - Research Fellow

    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.

    Contact persons at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL):

    1) Associate Ellen Svendsbø, telefon: 53 49 14 61

    Head of Section Kristina Johannessen Tolås, telefon 53 49 13 99


    20th June 2023


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