Faculty of Education and International Studies, Department of
International Studies and Interpreting
OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest
university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet
delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the
society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear
international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses
in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our
location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand
and benefit from the city's diverse population.
The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately
550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The
Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of
Multicultural Education (NAFO).
The Faculty educates tomorrow's teachers from kindergarten through upper
secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training.
The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers
development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity
is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty's research and
development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and
The Department of International Studies and Interpreting (IST) has leading
research communities in the fields of diversity, interpreting, global
development and international education, and its activities are characterised
by extensive international cooperation. The Department offers bachelor's
degrees in development studies, interpreting and sign language, as well as a
master's degree in international education and development. The Department
also offers a number of programmes for continuing education in diversity
PhD Fellowship position: Critical education to transform the world
The Faculty of Education and International Studies announces a fully funded
three-year research fellowship position for studies about education's
relationship to global sustainability challenges and transformations. The
fellowship position is in the Department of International Studies and
Interpreting, affiliated with the Section for Development Studies, and the
research group Development, Power, and Inequality. The project leader,
Professor Tom G. Griffiths, is a member of the Development, Power, and
Inequality research group, whose members carry out cross-disciplinary research
analysing the nature of and inequalities in development within historical and
current political and economic structures and power relations in the Global
South. This extends to work considering the actual and potential roles of
formal and informal education in realising current and/or reconceptualised
models of development.
Area of research
A three-year PhD Fellowship position is vacant at the Department of
International Studies and Interpreting in the Section for Development Studies.
The PhD candidate will work independently, but in close co-operation with the
project leader, and with other academic staff in the section. The candidate
will engage in critical research examining education about approaches to
sustainable development, with emphasis on targets such as universal well-being
across time and space on the one hand, and models of economic growth on the
other. The global context includes initiatives like ‘Education for Sustainable
Development', associated with the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development, which the UN characterised as ‘17 Goals to Transform Our World'.
Projects may focus on educational interventions that prepare students to
critically consider such targets and approaches, and/or provide analyses of
how transformative projects associated with world-systems analysis, political
economy, political ecology, or degrowth, might be included in education. The
project is grounded in critical analyses of the actual and potential roles of
education in response to global challenges of sustainable development and
The fellowship position is a 100% position for three years, available from
01.09.2022. The successful applicant(s) should have the goal to complete the
PhD programme within this time frame and receive a Ph.D.
Applicants must submit a PhD project description with the application based on
the template available here. The PhD project description must be in English.
Potential applicants are asked to get in touch with the contact person for the
overall project for additional information about the project and input on the
planned individual project description.
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 educational studies, teacher education or comparative and
international education, development studies, 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 in other countries than Norway should be
recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of
recognition should be enclosed.
Admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Education and
International Studies is a prerequisite.
Successful applicants must have excellent written and oral communication
skills in English.
When assessing and ranking the qualified applicants, emphasis will be
The scientific quality of the PhD project description, including
originality and potential
The PhD project's feasibility within the standard period (three years)
The relevance of the PhD project description to the overall project to
which the PhD proposal is linked (cf. the overview above)
A relevant Master's thesis with thematic focus in international education
and development, with a Global South dimension, and which applies critical
Attached scientific work
Other relevant publications
Experience from previous research activities and project participation
Teaching experience at college and university level can be an asset
Personal qualities that can contribute positively to the working
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
It is important to Oslo Metropolitan University to reflect the population of
our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active
endeavors to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive
workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to
apply for a position if you have experienced periods where you have not been
in work, education or training.
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 PhD project
a dynamic workplace
pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
good employee welfare arrangements
For further information about the position, please contact:
Head of Department Hilde Arntsen, Hilde.Arntsen@oslomet.no
Professor Tom G. Griffiths, Tom.G.Griffiths@oslomet.no
The salary for the PhD fellowship position is in accordance with the pay scale
for Norwegian state employees, job title Research Fellow and position code
1017. State salary wage scale 54, 491,200 NOK per year.
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. If there are more than 20 qualified applicants
for this position, a committee will be established to screen for the best
qualified applicants before the expert committee assesses the applications.
The following documents must be uploaded with the application by the
A cover letter stating your reasons for applying, and the reasons why you
would be particularly well qualified for this PhD fellowship position.
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.
A PhD project description of maximum 10 pages. The PhD project description
must be written in English.
Master's degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that
the expert committee should take into consideration).
List of publications.
Original documents must be presented if you are invited for 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.
Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway
To apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the “apply”
button in the advertisement.
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.
Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.09.2022
Salary NOK 491 200,- per year
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
Reference number 21/12826
Heidi Hertzberg Wold, 67235994
Last application date 01.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET
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