PhD Research Fellow in the subject of educational leadership

University of Oslo
March 29, 2023
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PhD Research Fellow in the subject of educational leadership Job description

Applicants are invited for a four-year position as PhD Research Fellowbased at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo, with a particular focus on the subject area of educational leadership.

Challenging and changing times, such as the war in Europe, the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing distrust in authorities, and societal controversies, pose challenges for schools and education systems worldwide. Present and anticipated situations highlight the need for school actors to enact upon challenges and societal change. The PhD project will examine how school actors such as school leaders and teachers deal with challenging times and a transition to new “normalities” in a growing complexity in and of education.

It is expected that the successful candidate is affiliated with the research group “Curriculum Studies, Leadership and Educational Governance” (CLEG). More information about research topics covered by CLEG can be found on the research group's website (see this page). We invite applicants to formulate their own project within the foci of this research group. Possible themes of relevance for the field of educational leadership could include, but are not limited to:

  • educational leadership and school actors' dealing with challenges
  • educational leadership and school governance in times of controversies
  • educational leadership, responsibility, and pedagogical engagement in challenging times
  • The announced position is open to a variety of methodological approaches and provides the opportunity to pursue comparative studies as well as discussions of the philosophical foundations and major structural features of education systems.

    More about the position

    The fellowship period is up to 4 years, with 3 years devoted to research education. The position entails a compulsory work load of 25 %, that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance.

    The research fellow must take part in the faculty's approved PhD program, and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

    For more information, please see our web site.

    The place of work for this position is Oslo.

    Qualification requirements

    Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the faculty´s PhD programme. This normally includes:

  • Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in education, educational leadership, pedagogy or other relevant discipline in social sciences (e.g. governance, policy sociology)
  • A Master's degree (120 ECTS) with a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master's degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS, with a minimum grade B.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language)
  • Project relevance to educational leadership as an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching
  • In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The quality of the project description, the description of the research topic's relevance to educational issues, the specific problems to be studied, the choice of scientific theory and method, and the proposed implementation plan for the study
  • The applicant's experience, personal suitability and motivation for the post, including her/his ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community
  • The applicant's academic attitude and motivation regarding completing the research training program
  • Familiarity with the Norwegian or other Scandinavian school system will be considered an advantage
  • We offer
  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research Fellow, (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo's family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • Stimulating and attractive working environment
  • How to apply and what to include in your application

    The application must include:

  • Cover letter, including statement of motivation and research interests
  • A project description, including progress plan (8-10 pages) Please see our guidelines.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only). Foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university's grading system.
  • Documentation of English proficiency (for information on required documentation, see information on this webpage)
  • Master thesis
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number)
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

    Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

    The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: “Apply for this job”.

    When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the project description and the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

    Contact information

    For questions about the position, please contact:

    Associate Professor Ann Elisabeth Gunnulfsen

    Head of Department/Professor Dijana Tiplic

    Formal regulations

    Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

    No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

    According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

    The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

    The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

    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.

    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 Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) is one of three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo, which also has a permanent center. ILS is a leading institution in the fields of subject didactics, school leadership and practice-relevant school research. It hosts Norway's first Centre of Excellence in Education, ProTed – a joint project between the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø.

    EKVA (Unit for quantitative analysis in education) is also part of the department, as well as four interfaculty research groups (CLEG, TEPEC, SISCO and LEA).

    The Department enrols 400 students in the Teacher Education Programme (PPU) and administers the university's Graduate Teacher Education Programme (Lektorprogrammet) with about 300 new students each year. About 200 students follow the Master Programme in Educational Leadership. ILS also manages the study programme Teach First Norway in cooperation with the City of Oslo Education Agency and Equinor.

    The Department of Teacher Education and School Research has approximately 40 administrative and 100 academic staff.


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