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PhD fellow in Psychology

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    University of Stavanger
    Psychological sciencesPsychology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/09/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › STAVANGER


Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a PhD scolarship in Psychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree. The position is considered an important recruitment platform for academic positions. The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively.

The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively.


Project title: CLApp: A Career Learning APP for Young People Not in Employment, Education or Training.

Project summary:

Technological advances and automation are making workplaces increasingly knowledge intensive, with many routine and well-defined jobs becoming redundant. The new labour market requires workers with high competencies who are not afraid of change, challenges and acquiring new skills. For people with weak beliefs in their capacity to learn, this could be a major risk factor for labour market exclusion.

Indeed, today almost 10 per cent of young adults in Norway are "Not in Education, Employment or Training" (NEET). This project investigates whether it is possible to help NEET youths with an interactive app strengthening their beliefs in their capacity to learn, also known as “growth mind set”. We hypothesize that this can increase their motivation and courage to utilize opportunities for training and support offered by the NAV system or the Follow-up Services (Oppfølgingstjenesten), and to eventually enter into the labour market or formal education.

We build on recent studies from the US and Norway which demonstrated that time-limited web-based psychological interventions can strengthen high school students' beliefs in their capacity to learn, and thereby cause lasting improvements in motivation, effort and learning. Adapting these interventions for the NEET populations and operationalizing them into an app are key to this project and will be conducted in close collaboration with representatives from the target group. Once developed, the app will be tested in an RCT with 1000 NEET youths, randomizing at the individual level as they enter the NAV system or the Follow-up Services. We investigate effects on beliefs in capacity to learn, motivation and well-being (survey data) and participation in education and the labour market (registry data). If the intervention is beneficial, we will make the app available for all NEET youths.

Central to this PhD project will be:

  • Conducting a systematic review of literature regarding NEET; NEET and mental health; NEET and economic and social well-being; Interventions for NEET
  • Development of an app for the NEET population using design thinking
  • Prototype testing
  • Design thinking in mental health innovation

The project includes 1-2 PhD fellowships, and is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. It is a collaboration between several partners: The University of Stavanger, the University Hospital in Stavanger, NAV Rogaland, Rogaland County Council, and the University of Texas at Austin, USA. The supervising team is multi-national and will contribute with expertise in design thinking, growth mind-set, psychology and mental health, and the NEET population.

Project proposal

As an applicant, you must prepare a preliminary project proposal for a doctoral project within the subject area, which explains the problem, relevance, theoretical and methodological approach. Your preliminary project proposal will be included in the application assessment. During the first three months of the employment period, the project proposal will be further developed in cooperation with your supervisors and completed for the final project description. 

Qualification requirements

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within psychology, sociology, social work, economics or digital technology, that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate, preferably acquired recently. Master degrees within other social sciences will also be taken into account.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the Univeristy of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F should attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale.

Emphasis is also placed on your:

  • motivation and potential for research within the field
  • ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • investigative mind-set and an analytical style of thinking
  • communication and collaboration skills
  • ability to work structured, handle a heavy workload and workability
  • confidence in using statistical techniques and computer-based programs
  • having a excellent command of both oral and written English. Adequate Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is recommended.

We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, l.pl 17.515, code 1017, NOK 479.600,- gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the SIS sports club at campus
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • "Hjem-jobb-hjem" discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
  • relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses

Other information

See "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident" at the University of Stavanger.

The project will be conducted at the University of Stavanger, however including one stay abroad at an internationally renowned relevant research institution.

It is a prerequisite that the appointee has a residence which enables him or her to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The University currently employs few female research fellows within this academic field, and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.

Contact information

More information on the position can be obtained from  assistant professor Jone Bjørnestad, tel: +47 97141599, e-mail: jone.r.bjornestad@uis.no or Head of Department Einar Engebretsen, tel: +47 51834241, e-mail: einar.engebretsen@uis.no.

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-adviser Kirsten Sikveland, tel: +47 51833701, e-mail: kirsten.sikveland@uis.no.


To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Register your application and CV including relevant education and work experience. In your application letter you must show your research interests and motivation to apply for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:

  • project proposal 
  • certificates/diplomas 
  • references
  • list of publications 
  • other documentation that you consider relevant

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.

UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. It is located in the third largest urban region in Norway, with a dynamic labor market and exciting cultural and leisure activities. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will be a driving force in the development of knowledge in the region, and an international research university with an emphasis on innovation. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Department of Social Studies, as part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, offers bachelor programs within Child Welfare and Social Work, as well as three Master's programmes: a two-year Master's programme in Social Work and Social Pedagogy, and two international master's programmes: Nordic master in Social Work and Welfare og Social Work with Families and Children.

The Department aims to contribute to high-quality social science development, both in welfare management and in social work with vulnerable children, young people and their families.There are currently 63 employees and 830 students at the department.

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