PhD Position in didactics of mathematics – NTNU, Nov 2022



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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a Ph.D. position in didactics of mathematics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences to take place within the framework of the Anthropological theory of the didactic (ATD), Norway – Nov 2022

Qualification Details

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in mathematical sciences. If the master’s degree is in mathematics, qualification in didactics of mathematics, e.g., a Secondary Mathematics PGCE or equivalent, is required.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at the master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a Ph.D. education.
  • You must write a tentative project proposal of approx. 2000 words.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program (Ph.D. programme in mathematical sciences)
  • Good written and oral English language skills are required.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with using the ATD.
  • If you do not have a good command of the Norwegian language, you intend to develop it. This is relevant for data collection and analysis.

Personal characteristics

  • Motivation for conducting research at an advanced level
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Curiosity-driven
Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

Responsibilities/Job Description

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree. The goal of this PhD position is to comprehensively take stock, through the use of the ATD, of the modelling tools potentially available in the secondary school mathematics curriculum, and the modelling uses that can be made of them, in order to train students to efficiently investigate the natural and social world around them. The PhD project will be supervised by Professor Heidi Strømskag. The main workplace will be Trondheim, Norway.

Duties of the position

  • Research at an advanced level leading to a doctoral degree.
  • Developing knowledge on modelling tools using the ATD.
  • Teaching and other duties.

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. -

Application Procedure

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on the information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfill the criteria specified above. The application must include:

  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Tentative project proposal. The application must be accompanied by an outline of a prospective research project, approximately 2000 words. This proposal shall include tentative research questions and a brief description of elements from the ATD to be used for developing knowledge about modeling tools potentially available in the secondary school mathematics curriculum.
  • Name and contact information of three referees.
  • If applicable: publications or other relevant research work (up to 5 works).

About the Department

Department of Mathematical Sciences  We are Norway’s largest university environment in mathematical sciences. The Department has a particular responsibility for all basis education in mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international level. Our aim is to meet the society’s needs for mathematical and statistical expertise in business and public administration as well as in the research and education sector.  The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .


Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The period of employment is 4 years, including 1 year of teaching duties for the department. Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in mathematical sciences within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

General information

Working at NTNU NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs. NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality. As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted. If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the position, please Heidi Strømskag, email: [email protected].