Research fellow (SKO 1017) in research Mediate in the field of 'informal learning'
University of Oslo, Department of Education

The University of Oslo is Norway's oldest and highest-ranked research and educational institution with 28,000 students and 7,000 employees. Breadth and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


Department of Education (IPED) was established in 1938 and is one of three departments at the Faculty of Education. The research builds on the traditions of both the social sciences and humanities and institute safeguards therefore cover a broad spectrum. IPED has approximately 100 people among about 49 permanent academic staff, ca. 35 candidates and ca. 16 technical / administrative staff. The department has about 900 students.




The Department of Education has a vacancy for a position as a research fellow (SKO 1017) in research Mediate in the field of 'informal learning'. with a particular focus on youth, identity and use of digital and social media outside the school context.


Informal learning research is an interdisciplinary field involving studies in psychology, sociology, social and education. PhD position is related to Mediate research on how young people develop skills, creativity and knowledge through participation in and across different types of physical, digital and social contexts outside of school, and how the participation has an impact on their learning and identity construction. Examples of such activity contexts include museums, video games, home, youth clubs and organizations. Research on informal learning provides insight into issues related to motivation, facilitation and engagement, and how learning contexts outside school can have an impact on education and vocations.


The applicant shall submit a text in English or Norwegian describing an independent study on informal learning with an issue that puts one of the following topics in focus: how and why seek out young people (age 16-24) informal learning activities? How facilitated learning and involvement in various informal learning contexts? How can the choice of informal learning activities be relevant to future employment and educational path?


Fellow will be affiliated Mediate group, and will also get the support of the scientists who work specifically with informal learning. Project Description (maks10 pages) will discuss the links between the study and the research on informal learning that happens in Mediate group. The area of research is described in a background document which applicants are encouraged to read. The document is available upon request.


Research fellowships are time-limited training positions whose purpose is that the candidate must obtain a doctorate (PhD) in the period of appointment. A precondition for addition is that the candidate is taken up on the faculty Phd program and applicants therefore will also be assessed in terms. formal and other qualifications for such recording. Research fellowships are defined as recruitment positions and is an important instrument in the sector's efforts to provide qualified applicants to other academic positions at universities and colleges in the long term. Grantee presumed to participate actively in the organized research program and faculty research. Mediates activities conducted in English.


The appointment is for a period of up to four years (of which 25% constitutes duty work, normally in the form of teaching tasks). The appointment may be limited within the framework of current policy due to any previous employment in academic positions. 


We also refer to the guidelines for employment in fellowships at the University of Oslo .

eligibility Requirements


Applicants must have completed Masters in samfunnsvitenskapsfag (education, psychology, STS, anthropology, sociology). Applicants with Master's degree in museum studies, library and information science and digital heritage is also possible. 


English is the working language of Mediate and PhD student will be encouraged to write an article-based dissertation in English. Since data collection and analysis is done in Norway, is also required proficiency in a Scandinavian language.

Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the faculty's PhD program. This normally includes:

  • A successfully completed education at the master's level, or equivalent postgraduate education in the relevant field of study or other sufficient relevant field.

  • Minimum grade B or equivalent master degree (ECTS scale).

  • Good language skills in Norwegian is a requirement.

  • It is also expected good language skills in English.


For details on the requirements for admission, as well as the application form found on this website .

In assessing the applications will be further emphasized:

  • The applicants' academic qualifications to carry out the research training

  • The project description which must accompany the application

  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position, including cooperation properties and ability to be included in the academic community across disciplines

  • Other conditions to meet the intentions that underlie type of positions


Background Document and detailed information about the position can be obtained from Mediate group leader Professor Palmyre Pierroux, associate professor Hans Christian Arnseth or Associate Kristinn Hegna.

Application Procedure


Applications must be submitted electronically and must include:

  • Letters.

  • Project (ref. Guidance ).

  • A completed application form for admission to the doctoral program.

  • Certified copies of diplomas, transcripts and other relevant schemes. Testimonials.

  • For foreign diplomas: Statements of student handbooks, etc. that describes the content and scope of the studies that form the basis for the application.

  • Master and any other academic work that may be relevant to the application.

  • CV which includes a summary of any already published academic / scientific works.

    Applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries where English is not the official language must include a TOEFL test with a score of at least 550, unless they have a diploma from a university in an English-speaking country. See also the exemption provisions of the website.

    Incomplete applications will not normally be considered.

    Interview will generally be used in the appointment process. Original diplomas and transcripts from previous education will be asked lodged at the interview.

    We offer

  • Salaries must be set within a range between $ 432,700 - 489,300 per. year. (L. 50-57). Fellows are placed normally in pay grade 50 upon joining.

  • A pleasant and stimulating working environment

  • Life insurance in the state pension

  • Employment in an IW Enterprise

  • Good welfare benefits

    UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc. 
    According to the Freedom of Information Act § 25, paragraph 2, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be registered on the list of applicants.

    The University of Oslo also more people from minority backgrounds in academic positions. People from minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply.



  • Professor Palmyre Pierroux, , tel: +47 22840737

  • Professor Hans Christian Arnseth, , tel: +47 22855348

  • Associate Kris Hegna, , tel: +47 22840711

  • Senior Consultant Tone Elstad, , tel: +47 22844758

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