PhD Candidate in Mathematical Learning Difficulties at University of Oslo

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Job Status: Expired
No of Vacancies: 1
Date Posted: November 14, 2017
Expiry Date: December 01, 2017
Job Type: PhD
Job Level: Any
Years of Experience: 2
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Salary Type: Fixed
Salary: NOK 490 900
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Applications are invited for position as PhD Candidate in “Mathematical Learning Difficulties” to be based at the Department of Special Needs , University of Oslo.

Job description

A position as a PhD research fellow is vacant in the Department of Special Needs education within the subject area of “Mathematical Learning Difficulties”. The research fellow’s PhD project should be linked to studies done in the institution’s research group focusing on Mathematical learning difficulties in children aged 5-12 years with special focus on assessment and intervention studies. The focus of the PhD project is preferably in 8-12 year-old children’s core mathematical skills development and in screening of students at risk of mathematical learning difficulties. The work is done in collaboration with international researchers within the fields of mathematical learning difficulties. The research fellow is expected to contribute to the development of assessment materials as well as the data collection.

The appointment is made for a period of up to four years (25% of which is devoted to required duties within the institution). The appointment can have a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions. The starting date is 1st January 2018 or upon agreement.

Positions as research fellows are fixed-term educational posts where the expectation is that the research fellow completes a doctoral degree (PhD) during the period of employment. A prerequisite for the employment is admission to the Faculty’s doctoral degree programme, and applicants’ formal and other qualifications for admission will therefore also be assessed. Research fellowship positions are defined as recruitment posts and represent an important instrument in the sector’s work of generating qualified applicants for other academic posts at universities and university colleges in the long-term perspective. The doctoral candidate is expected to participate actively in the organized research training and in the Faculty’s research community.

Qualification requirements

A key assessment criterion in an application for admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme is the quality of the project description. The applicant needs to submit a project proposal at time of application deadline. The project proposal should be 5-10 pages long and written in English based on Faculty’s guidelines

Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme. This normally includes:

• Successful completion of a Master’s degree programme within Specific Learning Difficulties or similar higher education programme in special needs education or in another relevant subject area such as psychology.
• Minimum B grade or equivalent for the Master’s degree (ECTS grading scale)

Further information on admission requirements and an application form can be found at this website.

In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be put on:

• The applicant’s academic aptitude for completing the research training program
• The scientific quality of project proposal
• Experience with assessment of mathematical or other developmentally relevant skills in children
• Experience with working in kindergartens, schools and/or with teachers is an advantage
• The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the post, including his/her ability to collaborate and contribute to a cross-disciplinary academic community.
• Other qualifications that meet the objectives which form the basis of this type of post.
• Good Norwegian and English language skills are required

We offer

  • Salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • A professionally stimulating working environment

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • The academic report on the announced field of research
  • Completed application form for admission to the doctoral degree program
  • Certified copies of diplomas, grade transcripts and any other testimonials
  • In the event of diplomas from other countries: printouts of prospectuses or similar that describe the content and framework of the courses of study on which the application is based.
  •  Master’s thesis and any other academic works that may be of relevance to the application.
  • CV that also includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific works.

Applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries where English is not the official language must attach a certificate from the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 unless they have a diploma from a university in an English-speaking country.

Incomplete applications will under normal circumstances not be assessed.

As a rule, interviews will be conducted as part of the appointment process. At the interview the applicant will be asked to present original diplomas and grade transcripts from previous courses of study.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

Contact persons:

Professor Pirjo Aunio (for questions regarding the position)

HR-Officer Linda Valdø-Schwarz (for questions regarding the recruitment process)


The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The department of Special Needs Education is one of the three departments at UiO’s Faculty of Education. The department has today approximately 25 permanent employees that work with research, 14 temporary research fellows and postdoctoral fellows, in addition to 12 administrative employees. The department has approximately 800 students distributed between bachelor- and master’s degree studies in Special Needs Education, master’s degree studies in Special Needs Education, as well as PhD-studies.