PhD Research Fellow in Teacher Education Research

PhD Research Fellow in Teacher Education Research

Job description

Applicants are invited for a 4 year position as PhD Research Fellow with a specific focus on the use of video as a tool for professional learning in teacher education at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Oslo. The PhD position will be part of Quality in Nordic Teaching (QUINT), a Nordic Centre of Excellence investigating aspects of teaching quality via classroom video recordings from all Nordic countries. 

Video has increasingly been highlighted as a powerful tool for learning to teach, and a way to ground teacher education in the practice of teaching. Research indicate that video can be used to help student teachers to identify and reason around relevant events in classroom, and video can also be used as a tool to improve student teachers’ teaching practice during their placement in schools.  This is the focus of the “Learning to Notice” study at ILS, and the PhD position is expected to contribute to this strand of research. 

The use of video in teacher education has long been a prioritized area in the strategy for research at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research. Several small case studies have been conducted, and it is thus timely to investigate the use of video at a larger scale. Simultaneously, researchers at the department have worked with the use of specific observation tools in combination with videos of teaching, and this work should also be tried out more broadly and systematically. The PhD position should contribute to these areas within the department, for instance by investigating:

  • How student teachers across subjects experience the use of video as a tool for professional learning in teacher education
  • What student teachers across subjects learn from using video in their teacher education
  • How student teachers across subjects experience the use of an observation tool in their teacher education?
  • What student teachers across subjects learn using an observation tool in their teacher education
  • How teacher educators experience a teaching design with the use of video and/or the use of an observation tool in their teaching

Observations together with other relevant data such as logs, interviews, simulations etc. are recommended methods for the study. A cross-disciplinary emphasis in the overall PhD project could be combined with subject specific analyses.

Furthermore, it is expected that the announced PhD position will be connected to the research group Studies of Instruction across Subjects and Competences (SISCO). More information about the research group can be found on the group’s website (see this page). 

More about the position

The fellowship period is up to 4 years, with 3 years devoted to research education. The position entails a compulsory work load of 25%, that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance.

The research fellow must take part in the faculty’s approved PhD program, and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

For more information, please see our web site

The place of work for this position is Oslo.

Qualification requirements

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

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in education, pedagogy or other relevant discipline in social sciences (e.g. law, sociology, political science)
  • A Master’s degree (120 ECTS) with a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS, with a minimum grade B.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and Norwegian (or another  Scandinavian language)

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

  • The quality of the project description, the description of the research topic’s relevance to educational issues, the specific problems to be studied, the choice of scientific theory and method, and the proposed implementation plan for the study
  • The applicant’s experience, personal suitability and motivation for the post, including her/his ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community
  • The applicant’s academic attitude and motivation regarding completing the research training program

We offer

  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 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 stimulating and attractive working environment

How to apply and what to include in your application

The application must include:

  • Cover letter, including statement of motivation and research interests
  • A project description, including progress plan (8-10 pages) Please see our guidelines
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only). Foreign applicants must attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.
  • Documentation of English proficiency (for information on required documentation, see information on this webpage)
  • Master thesis
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number)

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: “Apply for this job”. 

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the project description and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Contact information

For questions about the position, please contact:

Professor Kirsti Klette

Professor Marte Blikstad-Balas

Associate Professor Inga Staal Jenset

Formal regulations

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

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period 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 etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

About the University of Oslo

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 Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) is one of three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo, which also has a permanent center.
ILS is a leading institution in the fields of subject didactics, school leadership and practice-relevant school research. It hosts Norway’s first Centre of Excellence in Education, ProTed – a joint project between the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø.

EKVA (Unit for quantitative analysis in education) is also part of the department, as well as four interfaculty research groups (CLEG, TEPEC, SISCO and LEA).

The Department enrols 400 students in the Teacher Education Programme (PPU) and administers the university’s Graduate Teacher Education Programme (Lektorprogrammet) with about 300 new students each year. About 200 students follow the Master Programme in Educational Leadership. ILS also manages the study programme Teach First Norway in cooperation with the City of Oslo Education Agency and Equinor. 

The Department of Teacher Education and School Research has approximately 40 administrative and 100 academic staff.

Deadline: 11 April 2023
Unit: The Department of Teacher Education and School Research
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Post expires on Tuesday April 11th, 2023