Postdoctoral in Interdisciplinary Child Research Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning Norway

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Postdoctoral in Interdisciplinary Child Research


At the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (IPL), there is a temporary postgraduate post for a period of two years, without employment. The position is linked to the research project: Havlandet Norway, Coastal Culture, Generation, Sustainability, which is part of NTNU's cross-disciplinary thematic research effort: HAVROM.


The position of postdoctoral student has the main objective of qualifying for work in professional top positions.


The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning is a social science knowledge environment for research, teaching and dissemination. The Institute contributes research-based knowledge about children, upbringing, school, education and working life in a lifelong perspective. The department's disciplines are interdisciplinary child research, pedagogy, adult learning, advisory science and university education. There are currently 60 scientific staff, 10 fellows and 2 postdoctoral staff employed at the department.


The announced position is linked to the cross-pilot pilot project Havlandet Norway. Coastal cultures, generation, sustainability within one of NTNU's four thematic areas of focus Sea areas. The project is led by Professor Anne Trine Kjørholt and includes researchers from the following faculties: Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Museum of Science In addition, a comparative design is included with researchers from Australia, Cyprus, Ireland and the Faroe Islands. , all related to social childhood and childhood research, based on anthropology, pedagogy, history, and sociology.




The postdoctoral staff employed will be part of the interdisciplinary research group in the project: Havlandet Norway. The aim of this project is to develop research on coastal communities in change with emphasis on a generation perspective to establish a knowledge base for the development of sustainable coastal communities in the future. A brief presentation of the project is formulated in English as follows:


"Historisk og i dag, Norge er en sjønasjon. Kystsamfund er karakteriseret som en overgang med hensyn til økonomi, arbetsliv, demografi och social-kulturell liv. Ökande etnisk mångfald i många kommuner utgör en utmaning för utbildning och inkluderande societies. Modern technology has led to an increase in productivity with a decrease in the number of employees in the fishing industry, causing depopulation in some societies. Local identity, well-being and a sense of belonging to place and nature are important reasons for staying Aktiviteter knyttet til kystkultur og relevans for uddannelse med hensyn til fremtidens arbejdsliv er afgørende.


Across three generations and five countries, the program explores work, everyday life and knowledge among children and their families, past and present. Historical perspectives are included. Kwalitatieve methoden met een nadruk op biografische interviews met drie generaties zijn toegepast, maar gemengde methoden, waaronder kwantitatieve methoden en analyse van politieke documenten, literatuur van fictie en kunst zijn ook welcomed. "Norway as a sea nation" includes studies of health and well-being across three generations, and representations of coastal life and generations in literature (Faculty of Humanities)


The postdoctoral project will study one or more of the following themes related to coastal communities in change with emphasis on a generation perspective and / or childhood:


Heritage, community, and family life


The coast as home; nature, identity, belonging


Coastal fishing in change, politics, generation, values and quality of life




For the post-doctoral degree, a Norwegian doctoral degree in social science or humanities or equivalent foreign doctoral degree is required as equivalent to Norwegian doctorate. A doctorate within sociology, anthropology, childhood research, geography or history will be particularly relevant.


The postdoctoral candidate employed will be part of an interdisciplinary research group comprising the faculties; Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Science Museum and Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences. The research team also includes international collaborators from four countries in addition to Norway. For the position, good knowledge is required in Norwegian and English.


The appointment takes place in accordance with the current regulations on employment conditions for posts as postdoctoral, fellow, scientific assistant and specialist candidate of 31.01.06.  


Analytical competence, motivation for the position and an interdisciplinary approach will be given great importance. Personal fitness such as collaborative skills, flexibility, independence, initiative and ability to take responsibility is also emphasized.


Wages and working conditions


Postdoctoral code 1352 payroll framework 24 in the state wage regulation, gross kr. 490 500 pr. mo. From this, 2% of the statutory contribution is deducted from the Government Pension Fund.


The employment is made on the terms that apply to state employees at any time, and the employee must find any changes in the work area. It is a prerequisite that the employee is settled so that he or she may be present at and available to the institution.


A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability or cultural background. NTNU is an IA business.


We offer

  • exciting academic environment with the opportunity for competence development
  • an open and inclusive working environment
  • membership at the fitness center and access to corporate sports teams
  • favorable terms in the Government Pension Fund 




Together with the application for postgraduate status, please attach:

  • project description in the form of a sketch of 5 pages
  • CV, certificate and diploma
  • Scientific work


oint work will be taken into account. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's efforts, the applicant must attach a brief account of his involvement.


In accordance with section 25 of the Public Procurement Act, we note that information about you may be disclosed even if you have requested confidentiality.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Anne Trine Kjørholt, telephone 73 59 62 41/91 89 76 07, e-mail .


Information about the application process can be obtained from the HR section, by Sissel Sæther's e-mail .


The application with attachments must be sent electronically via Attachments that can not be sent electronically are sent to NTNU, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, 7491 Trondheim, and marked with SU-112.


Application deadline 18.02.2018

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