About the position
A fixed-term 100% position is available for a period of 3 years at the University of Agder, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Public Health Sciences with a focus on physical activity and health, affiliated to the Department of Sport Sciences and Physical Education. The position is located, at present, at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.
The faculty has four departments; Department of Nutrition and Public Health, Department of Health and Nursing Science, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education and Department of Psychosocial Health. The postdoctoral position will primarily be affiliated with the research group Physiological Adaptation for Sport, Training and Physical Activity (PASTA).
There is a need for more research on how to increase population levels of physical activity as well as our understanding of the dose-response relationship between physical activity and health with a life-course perspective. Focus on social inequality for participation in sports activities and physical activity levels is of particular importance. Participating in organised sports is an important venue in terms of increasing activity levels and promoting healthy lifestyle habits for children and youth. Project involvement within the fellowship includes:
- being a part of developing a cohort in the Norwegian county of Agder with the aim to track children and young people over time in relation to parental and self-reported health and quality of life
- investigate the relationship between participation in organized sports and lifestyle habits such as physical activity, sleep and diet
- examine issues related to physical activity and health using existing data including harmonization of relevant data sets
The research community at the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, UiA, collaborates with national institutions such as the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, several esteemed international research groups and municipalities within the county of Agder. The successful candidate shall, among other things, write peer-reviewed papers on organised sports participation and their relationship/potential for health, in collaboration with the research community, based on existing data. Further, the candidate will be involved in the development and coordination of the aforementioned cohort and in harmonising existing data sources.
- Doctoral degree in a relevant subject area. Potential applicants must have had their thesis approved by the time of the application deadline
- Relevant research experience
- Good qualifications in essential areas of epidemiology and statistical methods such as regression analyses and repeated measures
Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-doctoral Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident. The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian. Good knowledge of English, both written and oral, is also required
- Project and research experience in the field of physical activity and health
- Project coordination experience
- Experience with working in teams
- Experience with registry data
- Experience with data reduction and statistical analysis of device-measured physical activity
- It is desirable that applicants have defended her/his PhD within the last five years
- Good co-operative skills
- The ability to familiarise yourself with new issues and methodological approaches
Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.
- Professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
- A positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
- Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
- Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352, NOK 552 800 – 615 900 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.
A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace). Women/men are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.
The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. Read more about the employment process here.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.
In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.
The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for this job”.
The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:
- Certificates with grades
- List of publications
- Doctoral thesis
- Up to 10 academic articles and R&D projects which the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process
- A motivational letter including a description of the applicant’s professional background and research interests, including its relevance for the advertised position. A brief overview of relevant research pertaining to the design of assignments and relevant issues for research should also be included here
The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.
Application deadline: 2 July 2019.
For questions about the position, the proposed research projects, or the application process:
- Prof. Sveinung Berntsen, tel. 38 14 10 45, mobile 909 89 765, e-post email@example.com
- Prof. Monica K Torstveit, tel. 38 14 18 31, mobile 916 44 402, e-post firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Agder
The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.
We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.
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2nd July 2019
Post expires on Tuesday July 2nd, 2019