Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Norway - Logo

Ph.D. Fellow in sign language and interpretation at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway 2022


Ph.D. Fellow in sign language and interpretation at the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway 2022


Save 0

Scroll Down for Content

General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms
Salary: According to standard norms

Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Norway


Scroll Down for Content

Qualification Details

A Master's degree in a relevant field should be obtained by the application deadline (e.g., language, communication, linguistics, social work, etc.). Applicants with a master's degree from other subjects who can document good knowledge of the topics in the announcement evidenced in their master's thesis, for example, will be considered qualified.

Applicants should enclose a project description of up to five pages that presents and provides a basic theme with anchoring in the research literature in the field, self-chosen problem, and choice of theory and method for a potential project. This project description is used to assess the qualifications of the candidate and will not be the final project description. The final project description and plan for the completion of postgraduate education will later be formulated in consultation with supervisors when applying for admission to the doctoral program.

The following qualifications will be given special emphasis:

  • L1(first/native language) proficiency in a signed language
  • Professional qualifications within the advertised area, with emphasis on quality in the master's thesis
  • The preliminary project sketch
  • Fluency in one or more signed languages
  • Experience from teaching or documented teacher training. If the candidate does not have teaching experience or at least 5 credits in pedagogy, this requirement should be met within the duration of the PhD.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Professional qualifications within the advertised area, with emphasis on quality in the master's thesis
  • The preliminary project sketch
  • Fluency in one or more signed languages
  • Fluency in English

Personal characteristics:

  • Good ability to work independently and systematicly
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • High ethical awareness when working with research participants

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD position is aimed at the HVL and the faculty’s commitment to sign language and sign language interpreting.

The PhD position is linked to the project "Signed Language Depiction as an Engine for Promoting Inclusion, Communication, and Translation” funded by Research Council of Norway (https://www.hvl.no/en/research/prosjekt/depict/). The main goal of the project is to empirically investigate depiction and what role it has in communication practices within sign language interactions.

The PhD fellow’s project and doctoral dissertation will focus on a relevant topic related to iconicity and depiction in signed languages, bilingualism, or second language acquisition of signed languages.

The period of employment is three years. The PhD fellow will be part of the academic environment within sign language and interpreting at HVL, the research group ‘Sign Language Interpreting and Communication’, and the strategic research program ‘Language, Communication and Learning’ (SKoL). In addition, the candidate is expected to complete the PhD project within the set fellowship period. The research fellow will have his/her place of work/affiliation with the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports at Campus Bergen.

The PhD candidate will be supervised by associate professor Benjamin Anible https://www.ntnu.edu/employees/benjamin.d.anible) with co-promotor associate professor Vadim Kimmelman (https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Vadim.Kimmelman)

Main duties and responsibilities:

In addition to completing the PhD project it is expected that the candidate:

  • Participate in the research group ‘Sign Language, Interpreting and Communication’ and the DEPICT project
  • Present project results at conferences, co-author publications, and share results through popular channels.
  • The candidate is expected to participate in the PhD program ‘Studies of education and didactic practices’ at the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports during the employment period and must be qualified for admission to the PhD program within three months of hiring.


How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: -

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 15)
  • 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 www.nokut.no/en 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.


About the Employer:

Note or Other details

  • 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) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.


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.

Scroll Down for Content

Contact details

1) Head of Department Kristin Ran Choi Hinna, phone.:+47 55 58 59 40, email: [email protected]

2) Associate Professor Gro Hege Saltnes Urdal, phone: + 47 55 58 59 61, email: [email protected]

Advertisement Details:

Other Vacancies from this field

Scroll Down for Content