PhD studentship in Exercise and Musculoskeletal mechanics to the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized university with a national responsibility to provide higher education, scientific research and dissemination of knowledge in specialist areas of Sport Sciences and Physical Education. NSSS was established in 1968 and has today approximately 220 staff members and 1.500 students. A wide range of national and international R&D activities are currently in progress in a number of sports and human movement fields. For more information on NSSS, visit 

biomechanicsThe Department of Physical Performance is offering a fully funded PhD position in the area of musculoskeletal mechanics. The PhD candidate will work with ultrasonography, dynamometry and motion analysis in the field of “muscle-tendon interaction during walking and running”. The PhD project will focus on the role of musculotendinous properties for human performance in sports and exercise. The main goal of the project is to investigate the structural and functional musculotendinous specialisation for different tasks. The experimental approach will include cross-sectional comparisons and a training study.

Competence requirements

Applicants will have a relevant Master’s degree with a solid theoretical knowledge and some experience in the areas of muscle biomechanics and physiology. Candidates should preferably have experience with image analysis techniques and the use of the equipment necessary for motion analysis. Proficiency with Matlab programming is required.

The project entails collaboration with a number of persons/institutions and communicative skills are essential. Documented experience in recruiting and managing research participants is necessary. Personal skills and interest/experience for exercise and performance will also be considered.

The successful candidate will contribute to the final elaboration of the research project.

Proficiency in English is mandatory, knowledge of a Scandinavian language is appreciated.

The following will be evaluated:

  • Quality and relevance of previous scientific work in the relevant area of research
  • Quality and relevance of Master thesis and/or publications
  • Quality and relevance of undergraduate studies
  • Quality and relevance of data processing and programming skills
  • Personal suitability 

Working conditions

Salary and other terms of employment are offered according to the Norwegian State pay scale, employment code 1017, PhD candidate. The appointment will be made according to the terms that apply to civil servants. The NSSS is member of the State Pension Fund.

The PhD research fellowship period is 3 – 4 years. Supervision and teaching duties will be assigned within the limit of 25 % of the full position.

The successful applicant’s daily workplace will be at NSSS and he/her will become member of the Department of Physical Performance.

Other requirements

The application must be written in English.

While no requirement, knowledge of a Scandinavian language is appreciated.

Selected candidates will be interviewed.

The public workforce must reflect the diversity of the Norwegian population to the greatest possible extent. NSSS personnel policy objective is to achieve a balanced age and gender mix.

The clause of exemption gives the right, but not the obligation, to refuse access to documents relating to employment in the public service, see Freedom of Information Act § 25. In our recruitment system, applicants will be given the opportunity to request to be exempt from public access, but it is up to the employer to determine whether the request shall be approved or not. If the applicant’s desire to be exempt from public access is not approved by the employer, the applicant will be notified so that he can withdraw the application.


Further information concerning the position can be obtained from

The application 

The application with attachments must be submitted to our electronic recruitment system at the latest by April 8th 2015. The application must be written in English. Other documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system.

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results and intellectual property.

The application must include

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and grades
  • Names, email and telephone number of 2-3 referees (describe relation to applicant)
  • A List of scientific publications

Position appointment is conditioned by entrance to the Phd study program. In cooperation with the supervisor the candidate is expected to write up a research proposal including an overall plan for the PhD study within 1 month after position appointment. The application will be treated in accordance current guidelines for PhD research fellow appointment.

See for more detailed information about the PhD program, including regulations and application form. And this is where the vacancy is originally posted.

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