PhD Research Fellow in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

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Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

The Faculty of Education and Arts (FLU) educates the teachers of the future, from kindergarten to upper secondary school and in sports and the arts subjects. Our candidates play a key role in knowledge-based development of society, both regionally and nationally. We shall contribute to developing a praxis field about which we are passionate, which is why our research approach is profession- and praxis-oriented. The Faculty offers a PhD in Science of Professions. The Faculty of Education and Arts has 3,500 students and 350 employees in Levanger, Bodø and Nesna.

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About the position

The Faculty of Education and Arts at Nord University, Campus Levanger, is pleased to announce a PhD Research Fellowship in Science of Professions, with a particular emphasis on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship is offered for a 3-year period, beginning 01.08.2023.

The fellow will be affiliated with the Centre for Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. The proposed project must contribute to the overall objectives of the PhD programme in Science of Professions, as well as contribute to strengthening the centre’s research within one or more of the centre’s thematic research areas: (i) citizenship, migration and human rights, (ii) democracy, citizenship and freedom of expression, and (iii) sustainability and citizenship.

The fellow is also expected to participate actively in the centre’s seminars and workshops, and to contribute to the centre’s other activities. For more information on the centre, see the centre’s website. Research stays abroad and participation in international research networks during the fellowship period is actively encouraged.

A prerequisite for the fellowship is successful enrolment in the faculty’s doctoral programme, PhD in Science of Professions, and the applicant must therefore document that all requirements related to admission to the programme have been met. The PhD in Study of Professions consists of a taught module (30 ECTS), as well as an independent scientific dissertation in the form of a monograph or a collection of articles.

The final project outline with a plan for the completion of the dissertation must be approved and signed no later than 3 months after successful entry to the programme, see the Guidelines for project description .

Termination of the fellowship may be considered if admission to the doctoral program is not successful within the deadline, in the event of failure to report progress annually and/or serious failure in progress and in duty work.

The position is based in Levanger, but may also involve tasks at Nord University’s other campuses.

Qualification requirements

  • A two-year master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Grade average of B or better (or equivalent score) both for the programme in total and the master’s thesis.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • The quality of the project sketch (maximum 5 pages), which is expected to contain an elaboration of the scientific relevance and novelty of the proposed project as well as a realistic timeline and plan for completion of the project
  • Documented ability to pursue independent research and development work of relevance for the proposed project
  • Appropriate educational background and ability to complete the PhD programme within the timeframe of the fellowship
  • Relevant experience
  • The ability to work independently and in teams
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

We offer

The annual salary for doctoral researchers (code 1017) is set at wage level 54, NOK 501 200,- in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension
  • Creative and collegial working environment
  • A workplace with steady progressive development
  • Flexible working hours
  • Active university sports team

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee. Relevant applicants will be invited for an interview, trial lecture or other presentations.

The Faculty reserve the right not to hire applicants who may be scientifically qualified but who do not meet other criteria such as language, educational background or personal characteristics.


Applications must be submitted electronically by 04.06.2023.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position.
  • A complete CV (education, work experience and publications).
  • Copies of academic degree transcripts for academic degrees (both bachelor and master degree) and other relevant qualifications.
  • Description of the project idea (maximum 5 pages), including the theoretical basis and intended methodology.
  • Names and contact details of 1-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • A progress plan for the fellowship period (research stays abroad, publications).
  • Other activity that is considered relevant, such as list of publications and academic work

All documents must be uploaded as attachments to the electronic application form.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit the complete documentation within the deadline.

After the application period has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting

an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make any information about the applicant public.

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