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PhD Fellowship in Health Science – Immigrant Health and Well-being, Norway

Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)


The Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, announces one PhD fellowship in mental health and well-being of children and young people with an immigrant background at the OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway – Oct 2021.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: NOK 491.200 per year

Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Nursing and Health Promotion
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

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Qualification Details

To be eligible you must have

  • Master’s degree (120 stp./ECTS) in health sciences, psychology or in child welfare/social sciences
  • a good understanding of the cross-disciplinary nature of the field of mental health and well-being studies
  • experience in working with immigrant health issues or children and young people
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken Norwegian and English

It is an advantage if you also have

  • knowledge of the language Arabic, Polish, Tigrigna, Somali or Urdu
  • experience with scientific writing and publications
  • good research skills and experience with the collection, management and analysis of data is desirable.


  • admission to the PhD program in Health Science. In order to obtain admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Health Sciences, applicants must have B or better on their Master's thesis and an average grade corresponding to B or better on the Master's degree
  • final project plan for the fellowship period is required to be completed and accepted within 3 months after enrollment

We are looking for applicants who

  • the ability to work both independently, and in close collaboration with others
  • are ambitious, curious and highly motivated
  • have good organizational skills to conduct research

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • to design and collect quantitative and/or qualitative data on well-being and mental health of children with an immigrant background
  • to write an article, manuscripts and PhD thesis
  • to teach and supervise bachelor and master students
  • to disseminate research results to the national and international academic community and society in general

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page or from advertisement webpage (URL below)

Reference Number: -21/09674
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

In order to be considered for the position you must upload the following documents together with your online application by the final date for the application:

  • CV and all pages of certificates/diplomas of bachelor and master degrees. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • Your master's degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that you wish to be considered)
  • a list of your publications
  • names and contact details of at least 2 references
  • A 2-3 pages project description. The project description must include background information about disparities/inequalities in health of immigrant children, specific research questions and research methodologies. The project description must be written in English language.

All the documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Any translations must be authorized by government. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

About the Project

Our main goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the social, psychological and biological processes that contribute to the resilience and well-being of children and youth with an immigrant background, and what processes that might affect their mental health and well-being in a negative way.

The PhD degree will be affiliated to the PhD Programme in Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, OsloMet. Start date depends on formal admission to the PhD program in Health Science at OsloMet. The research fellowship period is four years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching and supervision of students.

The successful applicant will demonstrate an interest in the thematic areas of child and adolescent health and well-being and immigration, and personal qualifications to take our research steps ahead at the international research front.


Area of research

The PhD candidate’s project will contribute to obtain new insight into important mechanisms explaining disparities in mental well-being among children with an immigrant background. Many children born of immigrant parents in Norway are overrepresented in official statistics on poverty and social exclusion. They are also more likely to leave school early, have more contacts with the child welfare services, and report more mental health problems. Nevertheless, children of some specific ethnic groups do better on these well-being indicators than other ethnic groups, including native Norwegian. There are also substantial disparities in well-being within some ethnic groups. There is scant research, however, addressing the underlying mechanisms for such disparities among children with an immigrant background. The PhD candidate will employ a mixed method (sequential explanatory) combining both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explain disparities in mental well-being among children with an immigrant background. This includes data collection and analyses, scientific writing, and dissemination.

About the Employer: Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

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Contact details

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

If you have any problem uploading documents, please contact, ankag@oslomet.noFor questions concerning admission to the PhD programme, contact phd-hv@oslomet.no

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