Vacancy | Post Doc position in sport coaching and learning in team ball sports at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Closing date September 20, 2017

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized university and serves as the premier education and research institution of sport science in the Nordic countries. Our mission is to educate, investigate and present a broad range of topics within theoretical and practical sport science. Our Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD programmes aim to be of great relevance. NSSS has approximately 1300 students and a staff of 220 in five departments, six administrative units and two research centres. The campus and sports facilities are located near Sognsvann in Oslo. For more information on NSSS, visit  

The Department of coaching and psychology has a vacant three-year postdoc fellowship in the field of sport coaching and learning in team ball sports. The predefined postdoc project will focus on athlete learning and development in team ball-sports.

This predefined project will use a longitudinal approach focusing on the uniqueness of the sport specific context to study athlete learning and development in team sports from a novel theoretical and methodological perspective. More specifically, the aim of the proposed project is to establish a cohort of players within a Scandinavian team ball sports that will be followed throughout adolescence and senior years to identify and compare different sport participation outcomes. This project will investigate and identify mechanisms driving sport participation and performance development. The research project will contribute to bridge the gap between research on determinants of sport participation, learning and performance development in youth team ball sport.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD in sport science and demonstrate competence and experience in conducting research using advanced quantitative and qualitative methodology examining athlete development in youth sports. The project will include i.a.the development of a theoretical model to inform research and applied work on learning and performance development over the course of a participation career at different levels in team ball sport in Norway.

The predefined project will be under the supervision of Professor Lars Tore Ronglan and the candidate is expected to work in close collaboration with other colleagues within the Department of coaching and psychology, as well as researchers from Scandinavia and Canada. The PhD
project will lead to multiple publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate must demonstrate competence in both oral and written English as well as in a Scandinavian language.

Additionally, the successful candidate will be involved in the planning, implementation and development  of  lectures  at  the bachelor and master levels within the Department of Coaching and Psychology at NSSS. Past experience with teaching theoretical lectures as well as sport activities at the university level is required to actively participate in and contribute to the academic community.

Competence requirements and selection process

The applicant must be qualified for a Postdoc fellowship position at NSSS (completed a PhD degree in sport sciences or related field). The position is especially relevant for candidates who recently completed a PhD degree in sport coaching and/or sport psychology or equivalent in a related field. We seek a determined and self-driven candidate with a strong interest in athlete learning and development in team ball- sports.

The successful candidate should have knowledge and experience in conducting research as well as practical experience within the field of sport coaching in team ball sports. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a research team, with the support of a supervisor. The position will entail collaboration with various institutions and organizations. Therefore, communication skills and collaborative experience will be emphasized in the evaluation of candidates. Finally, demonstration of written and oral skills in English and a Scandinavian language is required.

Finally, personal skills, in-depth systematic work processes and personal interest/experience for sport organizations will be considered.

Working conditions

Salary is offered according to the Norwegian State pay scale, employment code 1352, PhD research fellow. The appointment will be made according to terms applying to civil servants. The NSSS is a member of the Norwegian State Pension Fund.

The Postdoc research fellowship period is 3 years. Supervision and teaching duties can be assigned within the limit of 25 % of the full position.

Working place is Department of Coaching and Psychology at the NSSS.

NSSS personnel and recruitment policy aims at taking into account the diversity of the Norwegian population to the greatest possible extent.  It is an explicit aim to search for age and gender balance and to recruit competent applicants with minority background. Women and persons with minority background are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be handled according to the relevant regulations as defined in the Norwegian Open Files Act.


Interested applicants are advised to contact the academic community in preparing the application. Further details can be obtained by contacting:

  • Head of department, Professor Marit Sørensen, tel. +47 23 26 24 24,
  • Professor in sport coaching, Lars Tore Ronglan, tel. +47 92 46 16 46,

Contact administration

  • Karen-Margrethe Wennevold Heggelund, tel. +47 23 26 20 54, (HR-departement)

Other requirements

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.

The application

The application with attachments must be submitted to our electronic recruitment system at latest by September 20.

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
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