Vacancy | 1–2 Postdoctoral Fellows in Sports Science, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Closing date: March 15, 2020

At the Department of Sociology and Political Science (ISS) there are 1-2 vacant temporary positions as Postdoctoral Fellow in sports science for a period of two years. The position as a Postdoctoral Fellow has the primary goal of qualifying for work in academic senior positions. The position reports to the Head of the Department.

Main duties and responsibilities

The Postdoctoral positions are within sports science. The Department has three study programs in sports science: Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sports Science, Master’s Degree in Sports Science, and Physical Education and Sport with Teacher Education.

The positions are not a part of a specific project, but are connected to the research group’s strategic areas of focus in social science:

    • sports psychology
    • sports sociology
    • sport pedagogy and physical education
    • physical activity level in the population
    • importance of gender in physical education, sport, and physical activity

The applicants are asked to write a project proposal based on a social science perspective, in which they highlight their contribution to one or several of the areas above. The project proposal must contain a timetable.

The position may be ascribed obligation to work, with teaching and supervision activities in sport science, and will then be extended for up to two years.

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. We require a completed Norwegian PhD in sports science, or other relevant fields (for example social science, education science, or health science), or an equivalent foreign PhD approved as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD.

Excellent skills in methods is a prerequisite, as are good communications skills in English, both written and oral. The applicants will be assessed in accordance with:

    1. the quality and potential of the project proposal
    2. the quality and relevance of the scientific production
    3. the potential contribution to the research groups and the department
    4. the potential to work with teaching and supervision in the study programmes in sports science (if the position is ascribed obligation to work).

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, DORA.

Personal characteristics

Importance is attached to personal skills such as independence, well-organized, initiative, cooperative spirit, and motivation to contribute to a good working and social environment.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, and motivation for the position, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

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Salary and conditions

The period of employment is two years, with the possibility of two additional years. Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 per annum before tax depending on qualifications and length of service. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. It is a prerequisite that the appointed person takes up residence in order to be present and available for the institution as required.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Further information concerning this post may be obtained from Associate Professor Ingar Mehus email:

For information about the application process please contact section HR Sissel Sæther, email:

About the application

Applicants must submit the following documents with the application within the closing date for applications:

    • A project proposal of max. 5 pages, including a progress plan for the project.
    • A comprehensive overview of all academic work.
    • Relevant samples of publications (no more than five).
    • CV, certificates and diplomas.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation, must accompany the application. Joint works will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant’s contribution in a joint work, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically (link below) with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Please note that these documents should be translated to English or in a Scandinavian language. Applicants with a diploma from a foreign university are advised to provide an explanation of the university’s grading system. Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number SU-397 when applying.

Apply here!


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