Vacancy | Ph.D. Research Fellow in “Sports, Outdoor Life, Technology and Policy” | University of South-Eastern Norway. Apply no later than September 15, 2018

The Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Sciences has a vacancy from 01.11.2018 for a position as Ph.D. Research Fellow within the theme “Sports, Outdoor Life, Technology and Policy”.

The position is located in the Department of Sports, Physical Education and Outdoor Studies and reports to the Head of Department. The desired campus of employment is Bø, followed by Notodden or Vestfold (Bakkenteigen).


Applicants to the Ph.D. position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications in Sports, Outdoor life, Physical Education, Culture Studies, Sociology, Philosophy or equivalent. The applicant must have completed his or her degree by the time of application, with a grade of B or better.

The successful candidate’s employment will be contingent upon admission to the university’s doctoral program in Culture Studies within three months from commencement of the position.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and focused, and at the same time be motivated to share knowledge and work as a part of an active research team. The faculty’s staff work to a large degree within thematic teams. As part of such a team, the candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and work cooperatively. Good interpersonal abilities will therefore be emphasized. Good written and oral presentation skills in Norwegian and/or English are a prerequisite.

Information about the position

The theme for the positions research project is “Sports, Outdoor Life, Technology and Policy.” Technology seems to play an ever more important role in sports and outdoor life: GPSs, pulse watches and treadmills; recognition technology such as Facebook, Strava and Instagram is increasingly being incorporated into people’s sporting and outdoor activities. Technology can be both disciplining and empowering, guiding an individual’s actions in a variety of ways. At the same time, research generated by sports technology and measuring apparatus is used as a point of reference when health policy guidelines are formed. Health policy guidelines are again mediated through users, with the help of technology as training apps on smartphones, pulse watches etc., which tell us if we have been active enough. Technology can be seen both as an actor that plays a part in creating health policy and as a follow up to health policy. A watch that tells when “it is time to move” can be seen as a way of wearing “health policy on one’s wrist.”

This Ph.D. project should provide new knowledge on the nexus between sports/outdoor life, technology and policy. Further, the project should point to how technology can be both disciplining and empowering at the same time as technology contributes to creating knowledge-based policy. Health plays an ever more important role in the political legitimation of physical activity and sports. Hence, it is important to understand the processes behind political decision making in this field, and the role technology plays in the implantation of the politics of health.

The Ph.D. research fellow will determine him- or herself the project’s theoretical and methodical framework. The project must include perspectives that provide in-depth understandings of the role technology plays in sports/outdoor life and that take into consideration how technology influence both individual and political actions.

The Ph.D. Research fellow will be associated with the research group “sports and cultural policy,” although other research groups located at the university might also be relevant.

The applicant’s written project description should contain precise research questions, with justification provided for the theoretical and methodical approaches chosen. A detailed description of the project can be requested from

The successful fellow must be admitted to the Ph.D. program in Culture Studies at USN. A short description of the program can be sent upon request from Nils Asle Bergsgard, We also encourage our applicants to familiarize themselves with the Program’s areas of research,

The candidate will be appointed for a period of three years. The position has no teaching duties associated with it.

For further information concerning the position, please contact Associate Professor Tommy Langseth (, phone number +47 35952760), or the Head of Department Annette Bischoff (, phone number +47 35952787).

We offer
  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours

PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 449 400 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered. A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Additional information

The Appointments Board will ultimately appoint the PhD Research Fellow. A panel of scientific experts will assess the applicants, and those short-listed for the position will be called in to interview and to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

The University of South-Eastern Norway aims to reflect the composition of the general population, and has therefore as a personnel policy objective to balance the composition of its personnel by age, gender and ethnicity. People from ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public listing of applicant list, even when the applicant has requested that this not be disclosed at the time of application. The applicant will be informed if his/her request for non-disclosure has been declined.

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway uses online applications. We ask applicants to register their applications and CVs online by clicking on the green button in the top righthand corner of this page. The application must include the following documents:

  1. Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  2. Master’s thesis
  3. A 5-page (maximum) project description
  4. Any scientific publications and a list of these
  5. Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language by an authorized translator. Requested attachments must be uploaded along with the application/CV for an application to be considered.

The application deadline is 15.09.2018, 23:59, Norwegian (local) time.

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