Vacancy | Ph.D. Fellowship with focus on Physical Education and diversity, at OsloMet, Norway | Apply by January 11, 2021

The Faculty of Education and International Studies announces one Ph.D. fellowship with focus on Physical Education and diversity. The position will be based at the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education. Read about the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education here.

The Ph.D. fellowship position is a 3-year full-time position, vacant from 01.09.2021. The successful applicant should plan to complete the Ph.D. program within this time frame and receive a Ph.D. degree. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty.

Specialization in the Field of Embodied Learning

There is a group of researchers at the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education who have specialized in the field of embodied learning, and who therefore are involved in research projects focusing on embodied learning at different levels (pre-school, elementary and secondary school, and higher education). The Ph.D. student will also be a member of the research group “Body, Learning and Diversity”. Read more about the research group here: Body, Learning and Diversity.

Area of research

Applicants for this Ph.D. fellowship should be interested in research that focuses on Physical Education and diversity. The research project should explore Physical Education, Teacher Education or the subject Physical Education in schools. Examples of relevant themes in this context are disability, gender/sexuality, social class, or religious or ethnic diversity. Projects that study Physical Education in an outsider and/or a critical perspective are of interest. Therefore, it is not a requirement that the applicant has a master’s degree in Physical Education. We welcome projects with an international comparative design.

Applicants must submit a Ph.D. project description with the application based on the template available here. The Ph.D. project description must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the research group leader to get additional information about the project and receive input on the project description.

For advice on how to develop a good project description, applicants are encouraged to sign up for a digital project description seminar that the faculty offers December 16th, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm, at Zoom Registration via this link:, registration deadline is December 14th. Registrered participants will receive the link to Zoom in email prior to the seminar.

Required qualifications and terms:

    • Successful applicants must have completed a master’s degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a grade B or better, and in addition have a background in teacher education or other relevant education at a comparable level. For more information, see Admission requirements. Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
    • Admission to the Ph.D. programme in Educational Sciences for Teacher Education is a
    • Successful applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills in
      English. When assessing and ranking the qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:

      • The scientific quality of the Ph.D. project description, including originality and
      • The Ph.D. project’s feasibility within the standard period (three years)
      • The relevance of the Ph.D. project description to the research group specializing in
        the field of embodied learning
      • Attached scientific work
      • Other relevant publications
      • Experience from previous research activities and project participation
      • Teaching experience at the college and university level can be an asset
      • Personal qualities that can contribute positively to the working environment

Desired qualifications

    • Motivation and potential in the field of research
    • Personal qualities that, among other things, show perseverance and the ability to
      complete tasks
    • The ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, as well as the
      ability to be innovative and creative
    • The ability to work systematically and under pressure

Oslo Metropolitan University strives to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the population of the region. We work continuously to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace, and to adapt the workplace if required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, also those who have experienced periods without work, education or training.

We offer

    • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest university
    • participation in a dynamic and diverse academic community
    • participation in an established doctoral program and a research group relevant to
      the Ph.D. project
    • a dynamic workplace
    • loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
    • good employee welfare arrangements

Further information

For further information about the position, please feel free to contact:

    • Leader of the research group specializing in embodied learning, Professor Øyvind
      Standal, telephone +47 67 23 76 75, E-mail
    • Professor and Head of Studies Ingeborg Krange, telephone +4767237071, E-mail
    • Professor and Ph.D.-coordinator Kristin Walseth, telephone +4767237301, E-mail

The salary for the Ph.D. fellowship position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. PhD and position code 1017. State salary wage scale 54, 482 200 NOK per year.

Expert evaluation

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. All applications will be reviewed by the faculty before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee. Applications from applicants who are not qualified, will not be forwarded for assessment.

The following documents must be uploaded with the application by the deadline:

    • CV, references and all pages of all certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
    • Ph.D. project description: maximum of 10 pages. The Ph.D. project description must be written in English or a Scandinavian language.
    • Master’s degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that the expert committee should take into consideration)
    • List of publications, if relevant

Original documents must be presented in connection with an interview. Oslo Metropolitan University inspects documents in order to give all candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.
If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying and provide reasons for why you are particularly qualified for this Ph.D. fellowship position.

Click here for practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

In order to apply for the position electronically, click the yellow button below.

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.


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