PhD position in work and organizational psychology

Oslo Metropolitan University


June 19, 2022


Faculty of Social Sciences, Oslo Business School

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.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business.

The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

Oslo Business School has approximately 1700 students and 70 employees and offers study programmes both at Bachelor and Master level, as well as a wide range of continuing and further education.

Oslo Business School has a vacancy for a temporary position as PhD scholar in Work and Organizational Psychology. The position as PhD scholar is connected to the PhD program at the business school. Offices are located in central Oslo.

The organization and management group—part of Oslo Business School—invites applications for the PhD position within Work and Organisational Psychology. The scholarship holder is expected to complete a doctoral degree within the period of employment (years, 3 full-time).

Research within the group focuses on a broad variety of topics amongst them leadership, human resource management, work motivation, personality, occupational well-being, (virtual) teams and their processes, work climates, and performance. To this end, the group uses a variety of research methods, ranging from lab and field experiments to surveys and experience-sampling methods. The research has the explicit aim of contributing to theory and practice and we collaborate with both public and private sector organizations in order to research and promote healthy and productive workplaces.

About the position

This doctoral position is designed to help graduates to contribute to the advancement of research and practice within work and organizational psychology. The topic of the dissertation should be relevant to the organization and management group, specifically spanning the fields of leadership, human resource management, work motivation, personality, occupational well-being, (virtual) teams and their processes, and/or performance, as well as other topics within work and organizational psychology.

The organization and management group seeks candidates with a strong background in disciplines that are relevant to the subfields described above, who are intellectually curious, interested in an academic career in research and teaching, and who possess strong communication and analytical skills.

The position is three years full time but can be extended to four years if teaching assignments are included.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • Excellent MSc, cand.psychol. or similar degree in Psychology (or in related fields). We welcome applications from candidates close to finishing the degree .
  • Strong interest in research on work and organizational psychology
  • Hands-on mentality and the ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbally and in written form; a good command of a Scandinavian language is an advantage
  • In addition, experience from research projects and publishing in academic journals will be an advantage. Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research is an advantage.

    Admission to a relevant doctoral programme is a prerequisite. Applicants must have a B or better on the master's thesis and an average grade B or better on the master's degree. In special cases, applicants with a grade of C may be considered for admission. In such cases, particularly relevant experience related to one's own research project and / or scientific publications may contribute to strengthening the application.

    Admission to the doctoral programme is based on a comprehensive assessment of the application, including the relevance and quality of the project description. Final project plan for the fellowship period is required completed and acknowledged within 3 months after accession


    You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • cover letter including a full statement of motivation and a short description of a proposed topic for the PhD-dissertation. The description of a proposed topic should be no more than one page.
  • CV including a summary of master's thesis and previous scholarly work including conference presentations
  • certificates/diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. 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 preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • copies of master's thesis and published works
  • You must upload all these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

    Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

    It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. If there are periods where you have not been in work, under education or in training, you are also welcome to apply.

    If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact Ståle Bie,


    Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Based on an initial assessment, applicants may be invited to OsloMet for further assessment as well as interviews.

    We can offer you
  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway's third largest university
  • Participation in a dynamic professional environment and international academic community
  • Opportunities for academic development in a professional research environment
  • Opportunities to present research at conferences in a national and international environment
  • Three-year full-time position with 100% salary; possibility to extend to 4 years with teaching duties
  • Beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • Good employee welfare arrangements
  • Free Norwegian classes to employees
  • Working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers
  • Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

    Other information

    For more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Erik Døving, unit leader, (+47) 6723 8259
  • The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. State salary wage scale 54, 491 200 NOK per year.

    If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

    Deadline for applications: 19.06.22

    Ref.: 22/02955

    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 FELLOW

    Contract type Full time Salary NOK 491 200 Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 % City Oslo County Oslo Country Norway Reference number 22/02955 Contact

  • Erik Døving, +4767238259
  • Published 16.May.2022 Last application date 19.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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