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2 PhD research fellows in Social sciences in Teacher education – INN, Norway, 2022

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN), Norway

The Faculty of Education at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN) is looking to hire up to two full-time PhD research fellows in social sciences in teacher education.The position is available from 01.08.2022.

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General Info

Position: PhD research fellow
No. of Positions: 2
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Faculty of Education
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)
Hamar, Norway

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Qualification Details

To be accepted to the doctoral programme, the applicant must normally have:

A. A teacher education degree and a master’s degree in one of the programme’s subject areas


B. A master’s degree in education (e.g., a master’s in adapted education, a master’s in the early childhood education or a master’s in pedagogy) or a master’s in didactics specialising in one of the teacher education subjects included in the programme (e.g., master’s in the didactics of culture and language or a master’s in the didactics of social sciences).

The applicant must have a strong academic background and show solid theoretical insight and interest. For applicants with qualifications from Norwegian educational institutions, the weighted average grade should normally be a B or above. In cases where some or all the courses taken are awarded a pass/fail grade, applicants will only be admitted subject to evaluation on an individual basis.

Applicants who do not have a degree in teacher education or who have a master’s degree in subjects other than those normally stipulated for admission to the programme may be accepted following individual assessment. The same applies to applicants whose grades do not meet the normal requirements for admission. These applicants must provide evidence that it is highly likely that they will be capable of completing doctoral studies.

Proficiency in Norwegian/Swedish/Danish or English, written and oral, is a requirement.

Furthermore, it is emphasized that the applicant has

  • academic ability to complete the project and research education requirements within the given time frame
  • ability to work independently
  • collaborative skills and ability to participate in academic communities
  • ability to work structured and handle a large and varied workload

Assessment and ranking of qualified applications are done on the basis of the total evaluation of education, experience and personal qualifications, as well as other criteria listed in the advertisement and the candidates’ motivation.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The doctoral project is connected to the PhD programme in Teaching and Teacher Education (PROFF), and the successful candidate will be admitted to this programme. Doctoral projects must contribute to the PhD programme’s general aims of strengthening the knowledge base for teaching and teacher education and/or the knowledge base for the practice of the teaching profession in early childhood education, school and other learning and dissemination contexts, such as museums.

Teacher education is a central field of study at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN). The integrated teacher education programmes - for early childhood education teachers, primary and secondary school teachers, as well as specialist teachers - are the primary focus of the doctoral programme. These teacher education programmes are characterised by strong links between academic fields, didactics, pedagogy and practice as well as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary dimensions across fields and subject areas.

Doctoral studies are contingent on active participation in a research community. The candidate’s project will be linked to the teacher education subject social sciences and to the research group Global Awareness and Sustainability (GLOBE). The overall aim of the research group is to develop and communicate scientific research and knowledge on global awareness, sustainable development and intercultural competence and understanding through research on kindergarten, primary and secondary school and teacher education programmes. By researching how global processes manifest locally, GLOBE’s goal is to develop and communicate new knowledge on topics such as climate change, resource management, conflicts of interest, migration, diversity, globalisation and global understanding and awareness. The research group is particularly invested in the impact of global policies nationally and locally in Norway. Therefore, GLOBE also includes analyses of international and national educational and climate policy, including the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and other leading global policies and strategies.

The candidate must qualify for admission to INN’s PhD programme in Teaching and Teacher Education (see “Eligibility requirements”) and the doctoral education is carried out within this programme. Applicants already holding qualifications at doctoral level will not be prioritised.

The academic and research community supporting the doctoral programme with supervision and research training comprises several professors and associate professors working in the relevant academic fields. Currently, there are more than 40 research fellows on the programme.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

  • Cover letter. Here you can state the topic of your project proposal and describe your background and motivation for the position.
  • Detailed CV with an overview of education, work experience, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, acquisition work, experience with coordination, as well as other qualifying experience and activity.
  • Project proposal
  • Application for admission, can be found under “How to apply” on PROFF’s webpage
  • Validated copies of diplomas and certificates.
  • List of publications, where relevant
  • Any other documentation you would like considered together with your application

These must be uploaded as separate files. If the attachments in total exceed 30 MB, these must be compressed prior to upload. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requested documents are uploaded before the deadline. Documents submitted after the deadline has expired will not be considered in assessing your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

About the Project

We welcome projects on the following topics: interest conflicts in natural resource management, political ecology of education, climate and environment, sustainable development, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), indigenous people, and national minorities. The project must be linked to the teacher education programme and/or the school system in Norway. Projects may have a national and/or international focus.

INN has a strategic focus on indigenous people and national minorities, as well as sustainability. Projects in this cross-range are especially welcome.

About the Department

The Faculty of education (LUP) offers most education programmes within teacher training, such as pre-school teacher training, general teacher training, music teacher training, pedagogical training and secondary language teacher training (English, Norwegian).

We also offer several one-year courses, a bachelor programme in pedagogy, and a range of masters' programmes: general education, special education, adapted teaching, digital communication and culture, culture and language teaching (Norwegian, English, and music), the sciences (mathematics and natural sciences) and education management.

The faculty runs a PhD programme in Teaching and Teacher Education and contributes to a PhD programme in Child and Youth Participation and Competence Development.

The Faculty of education has 3,500 students and 350 employees.

Project proposal

Applicants must submit a project proposal including a progress plan explaining how the research work will be carried out, as well as the theoretical and methodological framework that the applicant plans to employ. The topic of the project must be based on the description provided in the section “About the research field and content of the fellowship”. The project proposal, including the reference list, may not exceed five pages. The page format must be A4 with 2 cm margins, 11-point font (Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman) and single line spacing. For the reference list and any image text 9-point font may be used. The project description may be written in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English. The academic quality of the project proposal will play a major role in shortlisting candidates for interview. Applications submitted without a project proposal will not be considered.

About the Employer: Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN)

Note or Other details

We offer

An exciting and challenging position at a growing institution, enthusiastic colleagues and a stimulating work environment.

The position is paid and placed in position code 1017, PhD candidate in the Government Salary Regulations

For more information about INN University as an employer, please see here

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Contact details

For mer informasjon besøk programmets nettsider eller ta kontakt med:

Ph.d.-rådgiver, Sevika Stensby, tlf. 62 59 79 25, epost:

Leder for ph.d.-programmet, professor Lise Iversen Kulbrandstad, tlf. 62 51 72 16, epost:

For questions concerning the project and project proposals, please contact leader of the research group, Jill Tove Buseth, email:, or head of the department: Christina Niemi Mølstad, email:

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