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PhD Vacancy in NTNU, Norway – Science education

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We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in science education at the Department of Teacher Education – NTNU, Norway 2022


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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: NOK 491 200 per annum

Department of Teacher Education
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
Trondheim, Norway

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Qualification Details

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in science education or one of the science discipline subjects included in teacher education (e.g., biology, chemistry, or physics). Other relevant background at a similar level can be considered.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at 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 PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program
  • Proven written and oral English communication skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Education/experience in pedagogy / science didactics
  • Knowledge of the Norwegian school system
  • Knowledge of teacher education
  • Oral and written presentation skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language

Personal characteristics

  • Self-motivated, willing to take initiative, problem solver
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Interest in multidisciplinary work
  • Motivated to contribute to a good working environment

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal suitability, as well as your motivation for the position.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • Research in connection with the described project
  • Periodic travel activities in connection with field work along the coast of Trøndelag, Norway.
  • Teaching assignments in one or more of the department's courses, preferably at the Science section may be relevant.
  • Supervision of master's degree students in science didactics or similar may be relevant

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: SU-676
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • CV
  • 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. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • A proposal for the PhD project (3-4 pages excluding bibliography) which is in line with the description of the position in this call. The proposal should include references to central research literature within the field and to current method literature for the desired data collection. A sketch of the progress plan for the training part and the completion of the doctoral degree must also be included. The final plan for practical implementation of the project (schedule / location, etc.) will have to be prepared in collaboration with the project manager and the research group after the appointment has been made.
  • A selection of up to 5 relevant scientific papers, including the master's thesis
  • Name and contact information of at least two referees

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.





About the position

This is an educational position that will give promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development in the form of a doctoral degree.

The Department of Teacher Education has about 460 employees and 4,000 students and offers a teacher education program for primary and secondary school. The Section for Natural Science currently consists of 4 professors (2 docents), 18 associate professors, 6 university lecturers and 2 PhD candidates.

The position will be part of the established research group INUBU (Innovative Science Education for Sustainable Development), and their research project Development of teaching competence in sustainable development through citizen science on marine plastic pollution. The research group has access to laboratory facilities on the coast of Trøndelag which can be used for e.g. teaching, preparations for fieldwork and any follow-up work such as analysis of plastics.

The aim of the project is to develop and investigate new and innovative tools and working methods within education for sustainable development.

Through this project we want to obtain data that can provide a basis for new knowledge about learning and learning processes in situated contexts. The overall framework to work within will be SSI (socio scientific issues), and SSIBL (socio scientific issues inquiry-based learning), and with i.a. design-based research as a method. Development of teacher students' knowledge, attitudes, and teaching competence through participation in authentic research, so-called citizen science, related marine plastic pollution will be a central part of the project.

As a PhD candidate you will be responsible for studying how teacher students' participation in such projects can affect their interest in science, science understanding, environmental awareness, and  sense of personal responsibility. Publications based on this work may have elements of both science and science education, however they should mainly be related to science education. The research group plans to collaborate with relevant partners in education for sustainable development and plastic pollution (other departments at NTNU, other universities and local business).For more information about the research project and questions related to the preparation of a project proposal, contact project manager Bernt Rønning.

You will report to the Head of Section for Natural Science.

About the Department

The Department of Teacher Education offers a full range of study programmes for primary and secondary education in Norway.

Our department supports several active research and development projects in learning, teaching, and school leadership and management, as well as artistic work. The Department of Teacher Education is part of the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences at NTNU. We offer an open and inclusive work environment.

About the Employer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Note or Other details

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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. Required teaching duties make up 25 per cent of your workload. Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Educational Science - Specialization Teaching Profession and School Research -  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

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

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.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-676 when applying.

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Contact details

If you have questions about the position, you can contact the Department of Teacher Education, Section for Natural Sciences by Head of Section John Magne Grindeland, telephone 73599877, e-mail: or project manager Bernt Rønning, telephone 73596045, 95210983, e-mail:

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Adviser Aaste Line Strand, e-mail:

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