PhD Candidate in Psychology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Apr 2023

20th April 2023

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The Department of Psychology has a vacancy for a
PhD Candidate in Psychology
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About the job

At the Department of Psychology, NTNU, there is a temporary position available as a PhD candidate for a period of over 3 years with the possibility of 4 years with 25% teaching duties.

The PhD position is related to the Trondheim Early Secure Study (TESS), which is a longitudinal study of children’s and youth's psychosocial development, mental health, and health behavior. Data has been biennially collected from nearly a thousand children since they were 4 years. The participants are now 18 years old, and the study is still ongoing. 

The PhD position is within the TESS project “Facilitators and barriers for sustainable mental health care use in adolescents”, funded by NTNU Health. The aim of this PhD project is to identify individual, family, and socio-economic predictors of health service use in youth with mental health problems. 

The PhD candidate will be part of the TESS research group, currently consisting of 9 researchers, 2 post doc, 8 PhD candidates, and 5 research assistants who conduct the data collection. The TESS researchers have a close collaboration with regular joint research meetings. TESS is affiliated with the Department of Psychology which houses around 1,300 students and more than 140 employees. The department has a large and varied professional environment with broad expertise in psychology and offers psychology education and studies at the bachelor's, master's, and PhD level. The department has extensive research collaboration, both internally and with other research environments nationally and internationally.

The Phd candidate and his/her supervisors will also be part of the collaboration between NTNU Health and the AFINO Research Centre (Responsible Research and Innovation in Norway), which focuses on sustainable health research and health services.

The PhD Candidate reports to the Head of department.

Duties of the position
  • Review of relevant theory and empirical work in the field
  • Analyses of longitudinal data
  • Write and publish scientific articles in recognized international journals

Required selection criteria
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a professionally relevant background from psychology, medicine, or social sciences with documented knowledge about mental health or health service use.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, quantitative statistical methods 
  • Good written and oral English language skills
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate 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
  • Good knowledge of youth psychosocial development and mental health problems
  • Good knowledge of health service use and the Norwegian health care system
  • Good knowledge of, and experience with statistical methods used to analyze longitudinal data
  • Good written and oral Norwegian language skills 

Personal characteristics
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Solution-oriented approach to tasks
  • Good ability to structure and organize own work
  • Perseverance
  • Motivation to contribute to a good working environment.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

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

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 3 years (with the possibility of 4 years with 25 % teaching duties )
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Social 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.

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. 
  • A copy of the master's thesis. 
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work to be evaluated

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.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short 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.

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.

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 Vera Skalicka , telephone 73 59 62 82, email . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kristin Skogen, 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.  

Application deadline: 20.04.2023

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Our research and teaching are based on five perspectives: biological, cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology. We offer a clinical programme in psychology as well as study programmes in the psychology of learning and in work and organizational psychology. We have also three outpatient clinics in which we treat patients as part of the clinical programme. The Department of Psychology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences .

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