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PhD Research Fellow in Drama in Context

About the position

The University of Agder, Faculty of Fine Arts, invites applications for up to two positions as PhD Research Fellow in Drama in Context, affiliated to the Department of Visual Arts and Drama, for a period of three years, or four years with 25% required duties. The position is located, at present, at Campus Kristiansand with a duty of residence. Starting date by appointment.

The Faculty of Fine Arts is comprised of three departments, The Department of Visual Arts and Drama, The Department of Popular Music, and The Department of Classical Music and Music Education. The Faculty has approximately 550 students and 90 members of staff employed in academic positions.

The Department of Visual Arts and Drama offers the PhD specialisation Art in context, an interdisciplinary master’s programme, the two bachelor’s programmes Visual Arts and Art Education and Contemporary theatre, a couple of one-year studies, as well as a number of subjects within the teacher education programs. The study offers a combination of didactic,  and performing / artistic practices. The department applies a broad and open concept of theater (including performance).

Responsibilities

The position is part of the faculty’s R&D platform “Art in Context” (KiK). A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is admitted into UiA’s PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts. For more information, see PhD programmes in Fine Arts, study plan for KiK PhD specialisation and Supplementary rules for the PhD programme.

The PhD specialisation allows for two types of theses: an academic thesis or a combined artistic-academic thesis. Applicants for the position must state in the application which dissertation format they want to work with.

The PhD project will contribute to the field of theater in context. The research fellow must relate to the field of tension between theatrical, social, and philosophical-aesthetic perspectives and practices. The PhD project should focus on contemporary theater’s potential to investigate or intervene in political, cultural, or psychological processes relevant to contemporary complex societies. The department wants to strengthen research on Scandinavian contemporary theater and dramaturgy, and PhD projects relevant to this field can be prioritised.

The following research groups are part of the KiK research platform: Art and young people, Art and conflict, Art and social relations, or REMP (Reconfiguring Early Modern performance). In the application, the applicants must explain the project’s relevance to at least one of these research groups. For further information, see the research groups’ presentation.

Required qualifications

Applicants must hold a master’s degree/second-degree level, or the equivalent, in relevant master’s studies within the field of theatre/performance. The degree must be obtained and documented by the application deadline.

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD 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. Applicants must understand Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. A high level of proficiency in both oral and written English is required. The dissertation may be written in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language, or English.

Regarding English skills, please check the guidelines https://www.nokut.no/en/surveys-and-databases/nokuts-country-database/GSU-list/) to see if an English test is required. Possible categories of applicants from particular countries may be exempted. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace a test. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT)
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0.

Additional evaluation of English language skills may be done during an interview.

Desired qualifications

  • An educational background combining didactical, academic, and artistic elements, is an advantage, but not a formal requirement
  • Relevant experience

Personal qualities

  • Good teamwork skills
  • The ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner

In the assessment process, considerable emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s project description. In addition, emphasis will be placed on examination results, and possible published work and documented development work. Personal qualities and suitability for the position will also be emphasised.

A prerequisite for an appointment, is that The Faculty of Fine Arts has the supervision resources and infrastructure necessary to facilitate the PhD project.

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We offer

  • A developing professional environment, and possibilities of competency- and career development
  • A good working environment
  • Participation in Research groups
  • The opportunity to build a network, nationally and internationally
  • The opportunity of cross aesthetic- and cross-institutional- collaboration
  • In relation to the contemporary extended and cross aesthetic art field, the Faculty of Fine Arts offers possibilities to work and do research both within, and across the various art fields (visual arts, music and drama)
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 479 600 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

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.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

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.

Application

Applicants must submit a project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including the reference list. The project description will present the research area, possible research questions, theoretical perspectives, and research methods. The project description must include a progress plan, budget, and information about the necessary infrastructure. In addition, it will present the project’s originality and relevance for the field.

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:

●     Curriculum Vitae (use the “standard CV” in the electronic application)

●     A full list of Academic work and/or Artistic development work (academic published material, artistic work, dissemination work)

●     Project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including the reference list

●     Possible published academic work

●     Documentation of possible Artistic development work

●     The Master’s thesis

●     Certificates/official transcripts with grades for all education exceeding upper secondary level

●     Certificate/official transcripts from graduate studies, including a list of courses completed

●     If the Master’s degree is cross-aesthetic, the concentration in the field of music must be documented

●     For education from institutions outside of Norway, please include the official description of the grading system of the institution

All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Translations must be certified. The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation within the closing date. The application will not be considered if the necessary documentation is not submitted.

Application deadline: 20.10.2020

Contact

For questions about the position:

  • Professor and Head of the PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Art, Anne Haugland Balsnes, mobile +47 481 87 108, e-mail anne.h.balsnes@uia.no
  • Head of Department at the Department of Visual Arts and Drama, Merete Elnan, tel. + 47 38 14 14 81, mobile +47 926 52 807, e-mail merete.elnan@uia.no

For questions about the application process:

  • Senior Adviser Tone E. Furre, tel. +47 38 14 19 65, mobile +47 911 00 030, e-mail tone.e.furre@uia.no
Campus Kristiansand

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.

Read the job description at the university homeopage

Apply for this job

Deadline

20th October 2020

Post expires on Tuesday October 20th, 2020

PhD Research Fellow in Music in Context

The University of Agder, Faculty of Fine Arts, invites applications for up to two positions as PhD Research Fellow in Music in Context, affiliated to the Department of Classical Music and Music Education, for a period of three years, or four years with 25% required duties. The position is located, at present, at Campus Kristiansand with a duty of residence. Starting date by appointment.

The Faculty of Fine Arts is comprised of three departments, The Department of Classical Music and Music Education, The Department of Popular Music, and The Department of Visual Arts and Drama. The Faculty has approximately 550 students and 90 members of staff employed in academic positions.

The Department of Classical Music and Music Education offers a PhD-specialisation in Art in Context; a Bachelor’s Programme in Music Performance – Western Classical Music; a Master’s Programme in Music Performance – Western Classical Music; Music Performance – Western Classical Music; 1-Year Supplementary Study; and Music, 1-Year Programme.

Responsibilities

The position is part of the faculty’s R&D platform “Art in Context” (KiK). A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is admitted into UiA’s PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts. For more information, see PhD programmes in Fine Arts, study plan for KiK PhD specialisation and Supplementary rules for the PhD programme.

The PhD specialisation allows for two types of theses: an academic thesis or a combined artistic-academic thesis. Applicants for the position must state in the application which dissertation format they want to work with.

The PhD project should contribute to the perspective ‘Music in context’. ‘In context’ suggests a dedicated focus on, for instance, various kinds of musical practices, artistic performances and theory. The Research Fellow will, through the research project, relate to the tensions between artistic performance-, society-, philosophy-, aesthetic- and pedagogical perspectives and practice. The PhD project may present itself with footholds in, for example, interdisciplinary, historical, political, cultural, pedagogical, health-related, philosophical and/or artistic perspectives. We offer the possibility to base your work in your, or others’, practice or artistic activities. Issues may also relate specifically to cultural heritage and cultural sustainability, social cohesion and welfare, artistic innovation or education.

The following research groups are part of the KiK research platform: Art and young people, Art and conflict, Art and social relations, or REMP (Reconfiguring Early Modern performance). In the application, the applicants must explain the project’s relevance to at least one of these research groups. For further information, see the research groups’ presentation.

Required qualifications

Applicants must hold a master’s degree/second-degree level, or the equivalent, in relevant master’s studies within the field of music. The degree must be obtained and documented by the application deadline.

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD 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. In this position, Norwegian language skills are not required at the time of the application, but you must learn Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years of appointment. A high level of proficiency in both oral and written English is required. The dissertation may be written in Norwegian, another Scandinavian language, or English.

Regarding English skills, please check the guidelines https://www.nokut.no/en/surveys-and-databases/nokuts-country-database/GSU-list/) to see if an English test is required. Possible categories of applicants from particular countries may be exempted. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace a test. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT)
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0.

Additional evaluation of English language skills may be done during an interview.

Desired qualifications

  • An educational background combining didactical, academic, and artistic elements, is an advantage, but not a formal requirement
  • Relevant experience

Personal qualities

  • Good teamwork skills
  • The ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner

In the assessment process, considerable emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s project description. In addition, emphasis will be placed on examination results, and possible published work and documented development work. Personal qualities and suitability for the position will also be emphasised.

A prerequisite for an appointment, is that The Faculty of Fine Arts has the supervision resources and infrastructure necessary to facilitate the PhD project.

Bilde 1

We offer

  • A developing professional environment, and possibilities of competency- and career development
  • A good working environment
  • Participation in Research groups
  • The opportunity to build a network, nationally and internationally
  • The opportunity of cross aesthetic- and cross-institutional- collaboration
  • In relation to the contemporary extended and cross aesthetic art field, the Faculty of Fine Arts offers possibilities to work and do research both within, and across the various art fields (visual arts, music and drama)
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 479 600 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

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.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

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.

Application

Applicants must submit a project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including reference list. The project description will present the research area, possible research questions, theoretical perspectives, and research methods. The project description must include a progress plan, budget, and information about necessary infrastructure. In addition, it will present the project’s originality and relevance for the field.

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:

●     Curriculum Vitae (use the “standard CV” in the electronic application)

●     A full list of Academic work and/or Artistic development work (academic published material, artistic work, dissemination work)

●     Project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including the reference list

●     Possible published academic work

●     Documentation of possible Artistic development work

●     The Master’s thesis

●     Certificates/official transcripts with grades for all education exceeding upper secondary level

●     Certificate/official transcripts from graduate studies, including a list of courses completed

●     If the Master’s degree is cross-aesthetic, the concentration in the field of music must be documented

●     For education from institutions outside of Norway, please include the official description of the grading system of the institution

All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Translations must be certified. The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation within the closing date. The application will not be considered if the necessary documentation is not submitted.

Application deadline:20.10.2020

Contact

For questions about the position:

  • Professor and Head of the PhD programme at the Faculty of Fine Art, Anne Haugland Balsnes, mobile +47 481 87 108, e-mail anne.h.balsnes@uia.no
  • Head of Department at the Department of Classical Music and Music Education Birte Myhrstad, tel. 38 14 13 70, mobile +47 977 46 220, e-mail birte.myhrstad@uia.no

For questions about the application process:

  • Senior Adviser Tone E. Furre, tel. +47 38 14 19 65, mobile +47 911 00 030, e-mail tone.e.furre@uia.no
Campus Kristiansand

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.

Read the job description at the university homepage


Apply for this job

Deadline

20th October 2020

Post expires on Tuesday October 20th, 2020

PhD Research Fellow in Information and Communication Technology for Development(ICT4D)

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Systems as a PhD Research Fellow in Information Systems, affiliated to the Department of Information Systems, for a period of three years. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand.

The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

Responsibilities

The development potential of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been widely recognised especially in remote areas in the developing world. The question is no longer whether ICT can lead to development, but how can it be done most effectively and in a sustainable way in keeping with the values of the society? From the perspective of sustainable development goals (SDG), the development issues are complex, interrelated, and interdependent. Hence, it is not enough to map the research outcome to listed SDGs without a more systemic inquiry.

The proposed research fellowship position seeks to answer this question in the context of the “Smart Village” initiative in developing countries. The “smart village” in this context refers to the empowerment of marginalised communities using existing technologies. It is expected that the PhD fellow will bring together local and indigenous knowledge based on the collective insights of villagers with the socio-technical knowledge of experts to design, develop, and implement ICT-based solutions to pressing developmental challenges. We are particularly interested in the organic, bottom-up developmental model of the “Smart Village” initiative. The PhD candidate will conduct field studies abroad, interviews with the design team and key stakeholder groups, and focus group workshops with specific village-level user groups. Participant mapping will also be used to capture the authentic voices and experiences of key user and designer groups.

Required qualifications

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD 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 applicants must qualify for admission to the PhD Programme in Social Sciences and must hold a master’s degree in Information Systems (IS) or closely related areas with an average mark of B or better. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s thesis are also welcome to apply for this position. Applicants with strong IS/IT background in their bachelor’s studies (e.g. a degree in IS or computing sciences) and masters in closely related areas can also be considered. If the applicant lacks an IS background, but is found otherwise qualified, he/she will be required to take a number of master’s level IS courses to make up this deficit. More information about the PhD program at the Faculty of Social Sciences is to be found here: PhD – specialisation in Information Systems.

Requirements for English or other languages:

The successful candidate must be proficient in the English language, both written and oral. An ability to translate their native language to English will be an added advantage. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT)
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0. Please check this list to see if an English test is required. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned here. No other English tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace an English test.

Desired qualifications

The qualifications for an ideal candidate are as follows

  • Basic understanding of research methods
  • Some knowledge of ICT4D research
  • Basic knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • Some experience on ‘Smart City’ or similar projects
  • Basic understanding of socio-technical theories

Personal qualities

  • Excellent communication (both written and oral) and teamwork skills
  • Proactive, adaptive and open-minded

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised in evaluating the applicants.

Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap

We offer

  • 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

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 479.600 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

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.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process. 

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. 

Application

The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for the position”.

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • Master’s thesis
  • References
  • Academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these
  • Project description with a maximum scope of ten pages, including the reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives and methodological approach, and should include a progress plan for the PhD project.

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: 19 October 2020.

Contact

For questions about the position:

  • Professor Devinder Thapa, phone +47 38141419, mobile +47 95256430, e-mail devinderthapa@uia.no
  • Professor Bjørn Erik Munkvold, Chair of the PhD programme in Social Sciences, Phone + 47 38141772, mobile +47 48125922, e-mail bjorn.e.munkvold@uia.no

For questions about the application process:

Campus Kristiansand

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.

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply for this job

Deadline

19th October 2020

Post expires on Monday October 19th, 2020

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Mechatronics

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Mechatronics, affiliated to Top Research Centre Mechatronics at the Department of Engineering Sciences, systems for a period of two years, with possible contract extension. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

The position is connected to the subject area – Reliable power electronics for modern mechatronic systems.

Modern mechatronics systems, e.g. winches and cranes, are increasingly complex due to electrification, using more power electronics and electric drives, in which power converters are the most important and vulnerable components in the system. Rapid development of power semiconductors (SiC, GaN) renders challenges in design and control of reliable power converters. To prevent failures, dynamic operation and health condition of power converters are currently controlled and monitored via physical sensors. Understanding stress on power modules would facilitate a reliable design of compact power converters. Novel control algorithms and converter topologies with reduced component stresses would be promising solutions to avoid failures and prolong the lifetime of power converters or modern mechatronics systems.

Responsibilities

This position will focus on one or two of the following directions: (i) novel design and control of reliable power converters with extended lifetime or reduced component stresses, (ii) Proposing appropriate algorithms to monitor dynamic operation and critical spots in power converters, (iii) fault ride-through capabilities of power converters or drives in the electrified mechatronic systems, (iv) incorporating living and remaining useful lifetime into a multi-objective control framework.

A close cooperation with other researchers working in the research theme on condition monitoring and power electronics, and other colleagues at the department is highly expected.

Required qualifications

The candidate must have a PhD in Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Renewable Energy, Mechanical Engineering, or similar. Having a PhD thesis in a related topic is a plus.  It is desirable that the applicant has defended his/her doctoral thesis within the last five years. PhD students are also welcome to apply if their defense is scheduled for the next few months.

Provisions relating to the positions as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 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.

Desired qualifications

  • A solid academic background in mechatronics, energy systems, electrical engineering, control or a similar/related field
  • A good track record of scientific publishing. Scientific papers in reputed journals and participation in first-class international conferences related to these topics will be taken into account positively
  • A strong experience and/or background in power electronics, numerical modelling, control, signal processing and machine learning
  • Motivation and strong interest in cutting-edge research
  • English language proficiency, both written and oral

It is highly expected that the candidate could speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, both written and oral, to have a close collaboration with the local industry.

Emphasis will be placed upon the applicant’s previous research and project description and the relevance it has with regard to the subject in question and the research environment at the Faculty.

Personal qualities

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • The ability to work independently, with a proactive approach
  • Creativity
  • Compassion
  • The ability to work in a goal-oriented, organized, and focused manner

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

Fakultet for teknologi og realfag

We offer

  • Professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • Opportunities to expand expertise through interdisciplinary research
  • Opportunities to mentor undergraduate and masters students if desired
  • A positive, inclusive, and diverse working environment
  • Professional development in a large, exciting, and socially influential organisation
  • Access to resources and expertise of Top Research Centre Mechatronics
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NOK 552 800-583 900 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.

General information

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 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. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.More about the employment process.

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. 

Application

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:

  • Diplomas and transcripts with grades
  • CV including a complete list of scientific publications
  • One-page summary of PhD dissertation or link to open source
  • Up to three academic articles or R&D projects that the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process
  • A one-page description of research interests and their relevance for the mentioned project
  • Names and contact information for two references

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in English (when possible), or a Scandinavian language. Please do not submit large documents, like thesis or publications. If any additional information is required, the applicant will be informed later.

Application deadline: 31.10.20

Contact

For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

  • HR Advisor Nina Rønningen, tel. +47 38 14 20 16, mobile +47 48 15 77 61, e-mail nina.ronninge@uia.no
Campus Grimstad

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.

Read the job desciption at the university homepage

Apply for this job

Deadline

31st October 2020

Post expires on Saturday October 31st, 2020

PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics Education

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics Education, affiliated to the Department of Mathematical Sciences, for a period of three years, or for suitable candidates four years with 25% required duties. The position is located, at present, at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has a large and active research group in mathematics education, MERGA, with about 20 fellows on its PhD programme. The research group MERGA was rated very high in a national survey of educational research conducted by The Research Council of Norway in 2017, and since autumn 2018 has been recognised as one of five Top Research Centres at the University of Agder. The person appointed will join this research group. The group pursues a variety of research interests focusing especially on five main strands within mathematics education: Teaching and learning mathematics in kindergarten and early school years; Teaching and learning mathematics in higher education; Mathematics teaching and learning in teacher education and professional development; Emergent technologies in mathematics teaching and learning; Mathematics in non-mathematical practices.

MatRIC, The Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching is a national Centre for Excellence in Higher Education, established in January 2014, and is led by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The person appointed, with research in an appropriate area could contribute to the work and development of the Centre.

The mathematics education research group has substantial and on-going experience of leading and contributing to large research projects funded by The EU, The Research Council of Norway, Nordforsk, the Competence Development Fund of Southern Norway, and others. The Department has hosted the Nordic Graduate School in Mathematics Education and contributes actively to the Nordic mathematics education community. The University of Agder has excellent library support and collection of research literature in mathematics education (in English and Scandinavian languages) and on-line access to all leading journals in the field.

Responsibilities

Proposals are sought that seek to explore and understand better mathematics education in any of the three following areas.

1. Reasoning and argumentation in primary school mathematics

In Norway and internationally, reasoning and argumentation are increasingly considered to be topics that should be addressed in primary schools. However, it is not clear how this can be done or even what is meant by ‘reasoning and argumentation’ in the primary school context. This is in part because these topics, until recently, were seen as inaccessible to younger pupils. A limited amount of research has been done on this topic, which has shown that younger pupils are capable of such thinking. Now, in some places, including Norway with the latest new curriculum “Fagfornyelsen”, school curricula are changing to recognise this. However, most teachers in primary schools have not been prepared to include reasoning and argumentation in their teaching.

More research is needed especially on the design, implementation and evaluation of learning environments that promote reasoning and argumentation. A fellow undertaking this research area will work on school based research on the teaching and learning of reasoning and argumentation.

2. Development of knowledge and skills in initial mathematics teacher education and early years of teaching career

Growing pedagogical and didactical demands are broadening and deepening teachers’ roles in schools.  To become effective teachers, policy makers and researchers point to the importance of subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge, competences to plan and manage classroom discourse and the ability to maintain a classroom milieu that supports the development of higher order thinking skills. What are optimal conditions within teacher education programmes that support the development of the required knowledge, skills and competences? Are there patterns in the experiences of individuals during their time in initial teacher education programmes and in early years of their careers? Projects that follow this line of research may range from phenomenological approaches to case studies or mixed or quantitative research designs. 

3. Using biosensor technology to advance mathematics education research

Rapid developments of technology offer possibilities unknown earlier for studying human behavior.  New tools such as eye-tracking, electroencephalography, galvanic skin response, facial expression analysis are now affordable for educational research. Real-time measurements of autonomous and nonconscious responses and brain activity offer insights into students’ actions, thinking and feelings facilitating innovative research on cognitive load and brain synchrony and suggest new ways to look at classical problems regarding expert-novice comparisons, mathematics tasks/text design, multimedia learning, and mathematical reasoning in different contexts. Research using these technologies on processes of learning from alternative sources (both print and digital) and mathematical reasoning in contexts of graphic, visual, text and symbolic representations at all levels would be welcome.

Required qualifications

The candidate must hold a cand. scient. or master’s degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education or other field with a strong mathematics component (e.g. Physics). This year’s master’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply. A teaching qualification is also essential for areas one and two above.

For candidates with research proposals in area 3, also candidates with background from cognitive psychology or neuroscience including use of biosensing technology will be considered.

The successful applicant must have written and spoken English proficiency. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests or certificates:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 600 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or a minimum of 92 on the Internet based Test (iBT);
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5. (only Academic IELTS test accepted).
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) certificate of at least Level B2.

The list of countries this pertains to can be found here

Possible categories of applicants from particular countries may be exempted, see here.

Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace a test.

The applicant must submit an approved project description within three months of appointment.

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is to be admitted to UiA’s PhD programme in Engineering and Science, Specialisation in Mathematical Sciences, Scientific Field in Mathematics Education.

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD 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.

Desired qualifications

Length of school experience and knowledge of Norwegian or Scandinavian language will be taken into account in the selection of a suitable candidate. At the University of Agder, PhD dissertations may be written in Norwegian, another Scandinavian Language or English.

Personal qualities

Personal suitability and good teamwork skills will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience. Research Fellows are expected to contribute to the active research community at the University. The position places demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research activity, in addition to a (preliminary) research proposal submitted with the application (see below).

Research visits to an external institution or with a national or international partner for part of the period of employment may be anticipated.

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  • 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

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The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 479 600 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

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. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. More about the employment process.

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.

Application

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:

  • A letter of application which includes a rationale for applying for the position together with an outline of the applicant’s research interests and background for the proposed project
  • Certificates with grades
  • Master’s thesis
  • References
  • A list, summary and links to the applicant’s scientific publications if produced must be included if the be considered
  • A short research proposal (preliminary) that sets out background, rationale, recent work and research design for the intended study.This should not extend beyond about 5 pages, but it will form an important part of the evaluation of candidates. It must be made clear to which of the three listed topic areas above the proposal relates.
  • Any other relevant documentation

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: 22.06.20

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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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Deadline

22nd June 2020