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At the Department of Psychosocial Science (DPS), Faculty of Psychology, there is a vacancy for a PhD fellow. The position is for a fixed term of three years and associated with the project “Social inequality in adolescent mental health in a life course perspective” (LONGTRENDS). The project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council and has as its goal to contribute to our understanding of social inequalities in mental health in a life-course perspective.
About the project/work tasks:
- The project will map social trends in mental health among adolescents with different socio-economic backgrounds and explore the role of factors such as social support, family structure, gender and major life events, and transitions in these contexts.
- In addition, the project aims to develop more precise methods for measuring youth socioeconomic status.
- LONGTRENDS uses data from four national and international studies as well as registry data of education and household economy to shed light on research questions related to mental health over the life-course.
- The project is organised in work packages and each package will have its particular focus to answer the overall project objective.
Work package 3
- The PhD position is connected to work package 3 (WP3) “Mental health and social inequality; National and Nordic trends; Measurement quality and validity”.
- Work package 3 uses data from the “Health behaviour in school-aged children study” (HBSC study)
- Research questions in WP3 include
- Can socioeconomic status in adolescents be measured with adequate reliability and validity?
- Did social inequality in mental health among adolescents change during the last 20-30 years?
- Is it possible to construct a new socioeconomic status index for comparison of inequalities in mental health across the Nordic countries?
In collaboration with other researchers in the project, the tasks are to:
- analyse crossectional data from the HBSC study related to the research questions of WP3
- write and publish scientific articles
- communicate findings from the analyses through scientific and popular science articles and other forms of research dissemination
- collaborate with national and international project partners
- contribute to the administration of the project and organization of project meetings
- use project outcomes and experience to develop new research projects and data collections
The workplace for the PhD fellow is in Bergen, at the Department of Psychosocial Science.
The position is in the research group SIPA at Department of Health Promotion and Development, with secondary affiliation to the research group Public mental health at the Department of Psychosocial Sciences. The main supervisor is professor Torbjørn Torsheim.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
- The applicant must at the time of application hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in psychology, health promotion, or another relevant field.
- For admission to the doctoral programme, grade B or above is normally required for the master’s thesis.
- It is an advantage if the applicant has good skills in statistical analysis
- It is an advantage if the applicant has experience from practical work relevant to the study
- The applicant must be able to Work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
- Proficiency in both written and oral English is a requirement
- Personal attributes will be emphasized. Ambition and potential will also count when evaluating candidates.
About the PhD position:
The PhD position is on a fixed-term of three years. No one can be employed as a PhD for more than one fixed-term at the same institution. Applicants may not have a previous PhD degree.
About the research training:
As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. When your qualification for the position is evaluated you will also be evaluated for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Psychology.
You will find further information about the PhD programme at the Faculty of Psychology here.
We can offer:
- Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
- Salary at pay grade 54 (code 1017/pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 479,600 before taxes. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position. A higher salary may be considered for applicants with specialist education.
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- Good welfare benefits
Your application must include:
- A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
- The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main supervisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.
- Transcripts and diplomas (higher education)
- Applicants with foreign education must enclose certified translations to English or Scandinavian if the original Diploma and grade transcripts are not already in one of these languages. The applicants must also enclose a confirmation from NOKUT that the education is recognized to be in accordance with the Norwegian master’s degree. The review from NOKUT may take some time and the application should be sent to NOKUT as soon as you have decided to apply for the position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application. Some qualifications from the Nordic countries are automatically recognized, please check NOKUT.
- Relevant certificates and recommendations.
- A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
- Any publications in your name you want to be included in the evaluation of your application
Please note that applications, along with the information and attachments linked to the application in JobbNorge, will be evaluated after the closing date for applications. Attachments must be in English or a Scandinavian language, and any translations must be certified. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all the necessary information has been submitted by the closing date for applications.
It is particularly important that each of the attachments that are to be taken into account in the assessment is uploaded in full as an attachment to your application.
Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:
- Work package leader/Professor Torbjørn Torsheim + 47 55 58 33 01 email@example.com
- Principal Investigator/Associate Professor Helga B. Urke +47 55 58 32 30 firstname.lastname@example.org
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.
For further information about the recruitment process, click here.
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16th August 2020