Postdoctoral fellowship (2 years) in Developmental and Educational Psychology

Updated: 7 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Feb 2023

1st February 2023

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The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, NTNU, has a vacancy for a
Postdoctoral fellowship (2 years) in Developmental and Educational Psychology
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About the job

We have a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellowship position at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences. The position is fully dedicated to research over a two-year period starting first half of 2023 and ending in 2025.

The position is linked to the DROPOUT project, which has a grant from the Research Council of Norway in the period 2021-2026. The overall goal of the DROPOUT project is to uncover actual causes of dropout in upper secondary school through the use of large, prospective studies, with data from parents, teachers, and children themselves from kindergarten age to adulthood (The Early Secure in Trondheim Study; We also investigate factors from generations back in time through the use of HUNT data (the Health Survey in Trøndelag;

The position is associated with the research group ALDES (Adolescents' learning and development in education and sports; ALDES is an interdisciplinary research group, with members from e.g. pedagogy, psychology, sociology, and sport science. The group explores the interplay between different conditions in children's and young people's upbringing, which ranges from the individual to the societal level, and how these lay the foundation for learning, development and health.

Your main role will be to contribute to research in the DROPOUT-project. This involves the development of ideas for articles, statistical analyzes, writing, and completion of articles in collaboration with other researchers involved. It is also an expectation to present the work at national and international seminars and conferences. The position will provide opportunities to participate in an extensive international network of researchers, from e.g. USA, UK, and Canada.

The project manager for DROPOUT is Frode Stenseng:

Duties of the position
  • Review relevant theories and concepts within this particular field of research
  • Analysis of longitudinal data from the HUNT and TESS-studies
  • To promote research in DROPOUT in collaboration with national and international researchers
  • To author papers as first author on articles from the TESS and HUNT databases
  • To contribute in colleagues' research
  • Present research findings in relevant forums, seminars, and conferences

Required selection criteria
  • You must have completed a doctoral degree in pedagogy, psychology, sociolology (or other relevant sociale science). Degrees from outside Norway must be recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree. All documents must be able to verify by the comitee.
  • Adequate oral and written presentation skills in English or Norwgian (or other Scandinavian language) is a requriement.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria
  • You should preferably document a high level of competence in, as well as an interest in, statistical analyzes in longitudinal data sets. You do preferably have high competence in statistical methods, more precisely, in structural equation modeling (SEM) and be familiar with one or more of the following software packages: Mplus, R, STATA, AMOS, or similar. You should refer to solid and relevant research from your doctoral work and any other research.
  • High motivation for scientific work, including statistical analyzes and academic writing
  • High competence in relevant statistical methods
  • Experience with research within developmental or educational psychology

Personal characteristics
  • Be creative and curious in your approach to science
  • Ability to carry out long-term work processes
  • Accurate in all areas of their work
  • Willing to learn and flexible in interaction with other employees

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international and professional environment 
  • an open and inclusive work environment  with committed colleagues 
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 
  • employee benefits 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 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 2 years. 

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 on a daily basis.

About the application 

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

Up to six publications and/or 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. 

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

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.

Your application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application (max. 6 works)
  • A copy of the doctoral theses
  • Names and contact information for three relevant references

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. 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. 

While considering the best-qualified applicants, we will pay particular attention to education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potensial 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. 

General information 

Working at NTNU 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and 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. 

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 have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Frode Stenseng, telephone +47 90554746, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Adviser Astrid Irene Øie, e-mail:

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. 

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-834 when applying.

Application deadline: February 1, 2023


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