Faculty of Education and International Studies, Department of International Studies and Interpreting

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.


The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO).

The Faculty educates tomorrow’s teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty’s research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of International Studies and Interpreting (IST) has leading research communities in the fields of diversity, interpreting, global development and international education, and its activities are characterised by extensive international cooperation. The Department offers bachelor’s degrees in development studies, interpreting and sign language, as well as a master’s degree in international education and development. The Department also offers a number of programmes for continuing education in diversity studies. .

Development Studies at OsloMet invites candidates to apply for a 3-year PhD Fellowship, starting September 1st 2018.

Area of research and work description
The position is part of a new research network on Gender, Education, Media and Development in Southern Africa at Oslo Met. The network’s research goal is to collect data, analyze and publish on education-related practices as parts of wider socio-economic development processes and cultural dynamics in Southern Africa. The perspective can be described as a non-education-centric education approach.

Two analytical dimensions are considered central: First, gender is a crucial factor for understanding how young people relate to the world, hence also education-linked life strategies. Secondly, as new media have become a ubiquitous part of sociality all over the world it is necessary to study how media practices are tied to education-oriented practices.

We look for a candidate who has interest and competence in some or all of these thematic areas. The academic approach must be from a social science perspective. The research must primarily be based on qualitative methods although combining such methods with quantitative methodology will be welcomed. The thematic framework is rather wide and we do not expect candidates to cover them all. Preferred disciplinary backgrounds are social anthropology, sociology, media studies, educational science and other social sciences which have relevance for the research theme.

We welcome applicants who have a glowing research interest somewhere within the research network’s framework,  are dedicated to conducting fieldwork somewhere in Southern Africa and who can work independently with her/ his PhD thesis.

Appointment as a PhD student requires admission to the PhD program in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education at the Faculty of Education and International Studies. More information can be found here. Applicants for the PhD position will receive information about the application procedures for admission to this PhD program after they have applied.

The PhD candidate’s workplace will be at Oslo Met’s main campus in Oslo. The candidate should also be open to spending a semester in a non-Norwegian university as part of the PhD work.

  • Master or equivalent degree within social sciences or education
  • Relevant knowledge on/ from Southern Africa
  • Ability to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing
Ability to work independently and goal-oriented We can offer you
  • Opportunity to be part of a dynamic professional environment and unique academic network
  • Stimulating working environment
  • Beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Contact information If you would like more information about the position or the scope of the project, feel free to contact:

Professor and Project leader Jo Helle-Valle, e-mail: jo.helle-valle@hioa.no, phone +47 67 23 71 27

For further information about the doctoral program, contact:

Senior adviser Aleksandra Sawicka, e-mail: aleksandra.sawicka@hioa.no, phone +47 67 23 71 37

For more information about the application process, contact the HR department:

Advisor Heidi Hertzberg Wold, e-mail: heidihertzberg.wold@hioa.no, phone +47 67 23 59 94

Remuneration Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017 (wage scale 50-54) NOK 436 900-466 500. By law 2 % of the salary is deducted as to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The application The candidates will be assessed by an expert evaluation committee. The application shall include

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae

The application must be submitted electronically by clicking on the button «Login and apply» within the set date of application. All application documents submitted should be in English.

Note: After the first stage of the review process, the expert evaluation committee will invite the most appropriate candidates to submit a project proposal that fits the project’s thematic and analytical framework, and publications that the applicant wishes to be considered in the assessment process.

The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy that the national labour force should to the greatest possible extent reflect the diversity of the population. Therefore, we encourage qualified candidates with immigrant background or reduced functional ability to apply for this position. OsloMet is an IA (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise and operates in compliance with the Norwegian IA agreement. Questions about adaptation and the working environment may be directed to the contact person.

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.09.2018
Salary NOK 436 900-466 500
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/01158
Published 31.Jan.2018
Last application date 02.Apr.2018 11:59 PM CET

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