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University of Oslo Research Fellowship Within Specific Reading and Writing Difficulties, Norway

Publish Date: Oct 24, 2016

Deadline: Nov 16, 2016

Research fellowship within specific reading and writing difficulties

A position as a research fellow is vacant in the department of Special needs Education within the subject area of specific reading and writing difficulties.

The Department of Special Needs Education at the University of Oslo is one of the three departments at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. The department focuses on basic and applied research and education of bachelor-, master- and doctoral level candidates within the field of special needs education. 

The announced position relates to the general field of reading fluency as a major component of reading skill. Prospective candidates are encouraged to develop a research proposal independently or in consultation with professor Athanasios Protopapas, on a specific topic related to the development, mechanisms, and/or difficulties of fluent reading. Topics may address individual differences, cognitive mechanisms, computational models, or any combination of these. Indicative examples include (but are not limited to) the role of word knowledge, rapid naming, effects from adjacent words, precursor and prerequisite skills, obstacles to fluency development etc. 

The department of Special Needs Education is in the process of establishing an “Assessment and Learning Lab” working with cognitive-, linguistic and social abilities for children, youths and adults. It might be possible for the successful applicant to be a scientific partner in the work going on in the lab. 

Positions as research fellows are fixed-term educational posts where the aim is to complete a doctoral degree (PhD) during the period of employment. A prerequisite for the employment is admission to the Faculty’s doctoral degree program, and applicants’ formal and other qualifications for admission will therefore be assessed by an evaluation committee.  Research fellowship positions are defined as recruitment posts and represent an important instrument in the sector’s work of generating qualified applicants for other academic posts at universities and university colleges in the long-term perspective. The doctoral candidate is expected to participate actively in the organized research training and in the Faculty’s research community.

The appointment is made for a period of up to four years (25% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities)

Qualification requirements

Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme. This normally includes:

  • Documented successful completion of - a Master's degree program (normally equivalent to a Norwegian two years' MA degree/ECTS 120 credits). or - a similar higher education program, in both cases with thesis, and within relevant and accepted subject areas.
  • Documented result of the masters' degree required: Minimum grade B or equivalent (ECTS grading scale) including the grade on the thesis. 

In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be put on:

  • The applicant’s academic aptitude for completing the research training program.
  • The quality of the submitted project description for the PhD-project.
  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the post.
  • Other qualifications that meet the objectives which form the basis of this type of post.

Good English language skills are required.

Application procedure

The application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Project description
  • Completed application form for admission to the doctoral degree program
  • Certified copies of diplomas, grade transcripts and any other relevant testimonials
  • In the event of diplomas from countries outside Norway: printouts of prospectuses or similar that describe the content and framework of the courses of study on which the application is based.
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works that may be of relevance to the application.
  • CV that also includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific work.

Applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries where English is not the official language must attach a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 unless they have a diploma from a university in an English-speaking country.

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

As a rule, interviews will be conducted as part of the appointment process. At the interview the applicant will be asked to present original diplomas and grade transcripts from previous courses of study.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 432 700- 489 300 (per annum), depending on qualifications. Research fellows are normally allocated pay grade 50 on appointment.
  • A positive and stimulating working environment
  • Pension arrangements in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive working life enterprise
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.

Pursuant to section 25, paragraph 2 of the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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