PhD Candidate in University Pedagogy

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Aug 2024

3 Jun 2024
Job Information

NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Research Field

Educational sciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

31 Aug 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
This is NTNU

NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 43,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

You will find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the job

The position as a PhD Candidate involves completing doctoral education up to the doctoral degree (PhD). 

We seek a candidate who can conduct fundamental pedagogical research on how various academic environments relate to artificial intelligence (AI)—subject-specific and across disciplines. What is enhanced, enabled, or hindered by using this type of technology in higher education?

The project should shed light on the intersection between emerging AI-based educational practices among teachers and students at NTNU or in higher education in general, on the one hand, and the regulations, rules, and incentives from the institutions, educational authorities, and the labor market, on the other. The study must be grounded in pedagogical theory and an understanding of higher education. Methodologically, you can choose various approaches, including interviews, observations, or document analysis. 

As an applicant, you must develop a preliminary project outline for a doctoral project within the field, explaining the problem statement, relevance, theoretical, and methodological approach. The project outline will be part of the competence assessment.

During the initial three months of your employment, you will be expected to further develop your project outline and progress plan in close collaboration with your supervisors. Together, you will formulate these into the final plan for your PhD project, ensuring that you have the necessary support and guidance to succeed.

As PhD Candidate, you will work on the research project (75 % of the position) and contribute to teaching and development work at the section for university pedagogy, UNIPED (25 % of the position).

The PhD project is linked to Uniped's research group, which broadly focuses on educational processes. We are an active, interdisciplinary group with an international orientation and diversity. 

Your immediate supervisor is the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position
  • Conduct independent research related to artificial intelligence in higher education
  • Teaching
  • Complete a training component that includes theoretical, methodological, and thematic education at the doctoral level
  • Present your research at national and international scientific conferences
  • Write and defend a Ph.D. dissertation
  • Be an active participant in the research group, academic unit, and research environment at the department

Required selection criteria
  • You must have a master's degree in pedagogy, university pedagogy, counseling and adult learning, philosophy, sociology, social anthropology, or psychology – or another equivalent relevant field
  • Your educational pathway must correspond to a five-year Norwegian study program, where 120 credits are achieved at the master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies, with an average grade from the master's program or equivalent education that is B or better according to the Norwegian grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you should have an equally strong academic background. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be considered if you can document that you are particularly suited for a Ph.D. education
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be achieved and documented before starting the position and no later than October 15, 2024
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, or English. 
  • 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
  • Experience from teaching in higher education

Personal characteristics

Completing a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) can be demanding. Therefore, you should be able to:

  • Work independently
  • Work in a structured manner and set goals and make plans to achieve them
  • Present and discuss your research with other professionals
  • Engage constructively with feedback from and to colleagues

Personal and interpersonal qualities will be emphasized.

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 will normally be remunerated with a gross salary of NOK 532 200 per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The employment period is 4 years (with 25 % mandatory work). 

Appointment to a position as PhD Candidate requires that you are admitted to the Ph.D. program within Educational 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 description of the scientific works to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language, or English.

Publications and other scientific works you wish to be considered in the assessment must follow the application. Please note that we will only consider the application based on the information we have at the deadline. Therefore, ensure that your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the abovementioned criteria.

The application must include:

  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you have recently submitted the master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of the completed master's degree must be presented before starting the position. If you are in the final phase of your master's degree, we ask that you inform us when you expect to have documentation of the completed degree
  • Project outline of up to 8 pages
  • Research plan
  • Publications or other relevant research work, if you have any
  • Application letter where you include your motivation for pursuing a research fellow position with a doctoral degree as the goal and your motivation for working with teaching-related tasks. Additionally, you must describe your methodological experience and any other research-relevant information you think we should know
  • 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, 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 Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills , please attach this as well.

We consider joint work. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief statement of your involvement.

We emphasize education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities in assessing the most qualified. Motivation for the position, ambitions, and potential for research will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

NTNU commits to following evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with the The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA  and The obligations in the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment ( CoARA)  on responsible assessment of research and recognition of a wider range of academic contributions to science and society. 

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity are strengths. We seek employees with various competencies, subject combinations, life experiences, and perspectives to contribute to better task solutions for our societal mission in research and education. We will accommodate employees who need it. As an employee at NTNU, you must comply with changes enacted by developments in the field and organizational changes that are decided.

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.

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 questions about the position, you can contact the research group leader, Associate Professor Mattias Solli, phone number +47 92680599, email: [email protected]  or Professor Patric Wallin, email: [email protected] . If you have questions about the hiring process, you can contact HR Adviser Astrid Irene Øie, email: [email protected] .

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: August 31, 2024. 

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

We develop knowledge about the processes of learning and individual development in the interaction between people, the environment and society – in a world where rapid changes demand constant adaptation. Our research and teaching include topics such as childhood, education and working life in a lifelong perspective, and our interdisciplinary environment has roots in both the social and educational sciences. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning  is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Research Field
Educational sciences
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

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