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The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

PhD Research Fellow in Education with emphasis in the area of democratic processes in education

The University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education, invites applications for a three-year 100% PhD position as Research Fellow, alternatively applicants may apply for a four-year position in which 75% of the time is assigned to research and 25% of the time is assigned to teaching activities. The position is within the Department of Education. Workplace will be at the Kristiansand campus, Norway, and the starting date is to be negotiated with the Faculty.


The Department of Education currently has approximately 50 academic employees and approximately 10 PhD students. The department’s areas include pedagogy and practical pedagogical education, compulsory school teacher education and kindergarten teacher education, pedagogy 1-year programme and bachelor’s programme, special education bachelor’s programme and continuing education studies, a bilingual education bachelor’s programme, master’s programs in pedagogy and special education, and the PhD programme in education. The Department offers continuing education to municipalities, counties, private businesses and the public sector.


The position has a focus on democratic processes in the education system in Norway. Democracy is one of the department’s priority areas (see “Democratic Mobilization” (DEMO) Democracy is a founding principle in Norwegian educational policy from kindergarten to compulsory school, and through higher education. It is a requirement that the applicant will work within this research field. However, he/she is free to choose a research theme within this area. Relevant themes for the research project may for example be:


  • Democratic processes in school
  • Democratic formation and knowledge
  • Teaching in and for democracy
  • Freedom of expression, participation, and user influence in education
  • Individuality, diversity and community
  • Political steering and the education-professions autonomy and responsibility


Applicants must hold a master’s degree in education or equivalent. The University of Agder is a member of the national research school in Educational Science. It is a requirement of the fellowship that the applicant is accepted to University of Agder PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities and Education.


Working language is Norwegian or other Scandinavian language. Good English writing and verbal skills are also required.


The position is a recruiting position, and requires that the applicant can work goal-oriented, organized, concentrated and independently. In assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on the quality / relevance of the project description, the results obtained, the relevance of the academic background, any previously published work and documented development work. These points will be discussed and added to the expert assessment. Relevant practice, personal capacity and cooperation skills will also be emphasized.


Applicants should develop a project description to be included with the application. The project description should be no longer than 5 pages, excluding the reference list, and present and discuss the background for the theme, theoretical perspectives, research questions and methods within the given framework. A plan for progression for the training portion (coursework) and completion of the doctoral degree within the prescribed period should also be presented in the project description (see:


Qualified candidates will be called in for an interview. A review of the candidate’s references will be completed in agreement with the applicant.


Criteria for appointment in doctoral fellowships are stated in the Regulations on employment conditions for posts as postdoctoral, fellow, scientific assistant and special candidates (Forskrift om ansettelsesvilkår for stillinger som postdoktor, stipendiat, vitenskapelig assistent og spesialkandidat).


The state labor force shall as far as possible reflect the diversity of the population. It is an employment policy goal for the University of Agder to achieve a balanced composition. We therefore encourage all qualified individuals to apply regardless of cultural background, gender, age or functional ability.


Appointments are made by the Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions at the University of Agder. The appointed person has rights and duties according to the guidelines that apply to the position at the time.


The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 Research Fellow, salary 436.900,- NOK. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


The application should be submitted electronically. Please use the link “Apply for this job”.


The following documentation should be submitted electronically:


  • CV with publication list and up to 3 references
  • Transcripts with grades
  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • Up to 8 publications / research work (in addition to the master thesis)
  • Project description (max. 5 pages)


The applicant is solely responsible for submitting complete documentation digitally within the deadline. It is important to note that we cannot evaluate the applicant if attachments are missing.


In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


Closing date: 15.12.2017


For further information please contact the head of the department, Inger Marie Dalehefte, tel.: +47 38 14 11 95, email or professor Ragnar Thygesen, tel.: +47 38 14 21 67, email:

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