Postdoc position in sport and exercise psychology available at The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (7/6 2013)

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized university with a national responsibility to provide higher education, scientific research and communication in specialist areas of Sport Sciences and Physical Education. NSSS was established in 1968 and has today approximately 220 staff members and 1500 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

scientist-at-workPostdoctoral research fellowship – sports & exercise psychology

One position as postdoctoral research fellow is open from September 1st 2013 within the PAPA project (“Promoting Adolescent health through an intervention aimed at improving the quality of their participation in Physical Activity”) at The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS). The PAPA project is an EU funded joint research project coordinated by the PAPA research team in Birmingham, England and involving partner research teams in Norway, France, Spain and Greece (see link to website for further information).

Key functions/responsibilities/duties

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Conduct advanced data analyses using data on young football players collected as part of the Norwegian arm of the PAPA project
  • Author research articles leading to peer-reviewed publications in high quality journals
  • Author and edit manuscripts with the wider PAPA team for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work jointly with other members of the NSSS PAPA partner research team as well as co-operating with members of remaining PAPA partner research teams in Bergen, Norway, and abroad.

The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in tenured academic positions within their field. The postdoctoral fellowship period is 2 years. Provided further financial support for the research fellowship it will be prolonged with a 3rd year.

Competence requirements

Candidates must hold a PhD in sports & exercise science or a related field (those with a submitted PhD thesis may be considered).

In addition, the following will be evaluated

  • Quality, quantity and relevance of scientific publications
  • In-depth knowledge of Self-determination theory and Achievement goal theory (the theoretical framework of the PAPA project)
  • Personal suitability including excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team
  • Ability to independent academic work
  • Well developed quantitative data analysis skills. Applicants with knowledge and experience with SEM analysis will be preferred
Other requirements

The application must be written in English. While no requirement, knowledge of a Scandinavian language is appreciated. Selected candidates will be interviewed and if relevant asked to give an introductory lecture based on their research.

Working conditions

Salary and other terms of employment are offered according to the Norwegian State pay scale, employment code 1352, post-doctoral research fellow. The appointment will be made according to the terms that apply to civil servants. The NSSS is member of the State Pension Fund.

The successful applicant’s daily workplace will be at NSSS and he/her will become member of department of Coaching and Psychology and Norwegian Research center for Training and Performance

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.


Further information concerning the position can be obtained from Professor Yngvar Ommundsen, e-mail:

HR-adviser Hanne Skjølås Nygaard, telephone: +47 23 26 20 59

Applications are accepted for the position on the NSSS website at the latest by June 7th 2013.

Prior to the deadline applicants must send in one copy of the following:

  • Motivation letter
  • A current curriculum vitae listing education, working experiences and other information relevant to the position
  • List of scientific publications

Please send the appendices to the following address:

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Department of HR and Finances
Postbox 4014 Ullevål Stadion
NO- 0806 Oslo, Norway

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