Postdoc Researcher Position in University of Oslo Norway

Postdoctoral Fellow – project EDUCATE – Education, Educational measurement, Didactics – UiO, Norway


Applications are invited for a fully funded Postdoctoral Fellowship for a period of three years, 10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities. The position is to be based at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo, 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 534 400 - 615 800 NOK/Year

Department of Teacher Education and School Research

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in relevant fields such as education, educational measurement, didactics, pedagogy, psychology (focus on educational or developmental psychology) or other related fields. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Previous experience with collecting and analysing large (longitudinal) datasets
  • Previous experience with statistical analysis
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language)

The following qualifications are advantageous:

  • Knowledge and experience with educational research and the Norwegian school system
  • Experience with qualitative analysis (using for example video data and observation protocols)
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills
  • High personal motivation for research
  • A commitment to work towards the project’s common goals
  • Ability to work focused and independently

Responsibilities/Job Description

The fellowship is linked to the project ‘EDUCATE – Evaluering av Fagfornyelsen i fag’ / ‘EDUCATE – Evaluation of the new curricular reform’, which is funded by a grant from the Norwegian Directorate of Education and Training for the period 2021–2025 (Project leader: Lisbeth M Brevik). For more information about the EDUCATE project, visit the project website.

The primary objective of the EDUCATE project is to examine the implementation of the new curricular reform in Norway (LK20) in primary and secondary education using a comparative perspective across LK20 and the former curriculum reform (LK06). EDUCATE focuses on three thematic areas: (a) life skills, (b) digital competence, and (c) exploratory competence. EDUCATE aims to develop understanding of how teachers include these areas in a range of school subjects (Norwegian, English, foreign languages, mathematics, religion, science, and social studies). We aim to carry out systematic video observations of classroom teaching in the same classes over time, combined with surveys, interviews and student work.

Study cycles

The study will be conducted in three cycles: Cycle 1 (2021/22), Cycle 2 (2022/23), and Cycle 3 (2023/24). The three cycles capture classroom practices in several subjects (video recordings, observation logs, student texts), students’ and teachers’ self-reports of the classroom instruction (student surveys, teacher logs and interviews), and perception of the three thematic areas and supportive practices at school (teacher and school leader interviews). Data will be collected in Norway across primary and secondary schools in six school subjects at different grades, involving around 50 teachers, 50 classrooms and 1,500 students.

The project team

EDUCATE consists of researchers with expertise within the fields of school development, teachers’ professional development and classroom research. The project group comprises researchers with different interdisciplinary backgrounds and offers an internationally oriented and stimulating research environment, with a connection to research communities in classroom research, teacher education and school leadership. In addition, two public sector Ph.D. projects are connected to EDUCATE. The EDUCATE project is situated within the research groups SISCO (Studies of Instruction across Subjects and Competences) and TEPEC (Teachers’ Professional Development and Educational Change) at the Department of Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo. Applicants are encouraged to signal which research group is preferable for them.

Position start date is September 1st 2022, ending August 31st 2025. We welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate motivation and qualifications to participate in the different stages of research after the data collection in cycle 1 (see above), from data analysis to the dissemination of research findings and collaborate with the large research group within EDUCATE. Based on the applicant’s research interests, it will be possible to participate in data collection in cycles 2 and 3 (see above).The postdoctoral fellow is expected to contribute to the EDUCATE project by conducting either quantitative or mixed analysis of the implementation of the new curricular reform (LK20) and compare this to baseline data from the former curricular reform (LK06). The postdoctoral project should emphasise how to conduct comparative analyses across the two reforms, preferably designing three or four sub studies (publications). Of particular interest are indicators of life skills, digital and exploratory competence, that are measurable through baseline data and new data collected in EDUCATE, using quantitative or mixed analysis.

The applicant is expected to work mainly with data analysis and publications, but will also get the opportunity to participate in data collection. In addition, the applicant is expected to participate in project meetings, joint project activities and take on tasks related to project coordination, data management, and reports to the Norwegian Directorate of Education and Training.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

  • Application letter with a brief statement of interest, summarizing the candidate’s main research interests and experience with quantitative or mixed analysis
  • A research agenda statement (maximum 2,000 words not including references), that briefly summarize how the applicant will contribute to the project and related research goals and publications that the candidate would like to pursue during the fellowship, taking into account the type of data collected in the project
  • A CV including education, positions, research experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity
  • Academic transcripts (university degrees only)
  • Copy of PhD diploma or documentation of thesis submission. Applicants who have not yet defended their PhD dissertation need to include an advisor’s letter confirming specific expectations about when the degree will be received
  • A Complete list of publications
  • Up to 3 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered (which can include preprints)
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

About the Department/Section/Group

The Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) is one of three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo, which also has a permanent center.ILS is a leading institution in the fields of subject didactics, school leadership and practice-relevant school research. It hosts Norway's first Centre of Excellence in Education, ProTed – a joint project between the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø.

EKVA (Unit for quantitative analysis in education) is also part of the department, as well as four interfaculty research groups (CLEG, TEPEC, SISCO and LEA).The Department enrols 400 students in the Teacher Education Programme (PPU) and administers the university’s Graduate Teacher Education Programme (Lektorprogrammet) with about 300 new students each year. About 200 students follow the Master Programme in Educational Leadership. ILS also manages the study programme Teach First Norway in cooperation with the City of Oslo Education Agency and Equinor. The Department of Teacher Education and School Research has approximately 40 administrative and 100 academic staff.

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Note or Other details

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 534 400 - 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

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Contact details

Professor Lisbeth M. Brevik, project leader

Professor Greta B. Gudmundsdottir

Associate professor Gerard Doetjes

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