PhD research fellow at the Centre for Educational Measurement University of Oslo, Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO)Fakultet: Faculty of Educational Sciences Norway

PhD candidate

 

Job description


Applications are invited for a full-time position as a PhD research fellow at the Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO). CEMO provides a stimulating research environment by bringing together internationally renowned substantive and methodological experts. Research at CEMO combines basic research and applications of advanced measurement techniques to solve core educational problems. CEMO also contributes to the development of measurement competence through teaching and outreach. The centre is part of a broad international network and manages several externally funded research grants.

 

The position involves the development and application of new statistical methods for use in educational research. With increased usage of computer-based assessments in education, there is a need to develop methods for high-intensity repeated measurements and vast, often unstructured, auxiliary data. The goal of this position is to propose new methods for analyses of such data.

 

The specific research direction of this position is not pre-determined but preference will be given to applicants with research proposals in the following areas:

  • Estimation of latent variable models for longitudinal data and/or with multiple groups.
  • Methods for analysis of process data in educational assessment, derived from e.g. log files.

 

More about the position


The appointment is made for a period of up to four years (25% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities). Please contact associate professor Björn Andersson (bjorn.andersson@cemo.uio.no) for further information regarding the position.

 

Responsibilities

Conduct research targeted at receiving a PhD in education (cumulative dissertation based on scientific peer-reviewed publications).

Data analysis, documentation and publication of results in international peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences.

 

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree in educational measurement, quantitative psychology, statistics, or a similar subject
  • Documented experience with latent variable models such as item response theory models
  • Documented experience in any programming language.

 

By the time of appointment, applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD program. This includes:

  • Successful completion of a Master's degree with thesis, or equivalent qualifications, with sufficient relevance to the announced research field
  • Minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent on the Master’s degree, and explicit indication of the grade achieved on the thesis part.

 

Further information on admission requirements and an application form can be found at this website.

 

In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be put on:

  • The applicant’s academic aptitude for completing the research training programme
  • The project description, which must be submitted with the application
  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the post, including his/her ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community
  • Other qualifications that meet the objectives which form the basis of this type of post.

 

We offer

  • Salary in line with NOK 436 900 - 490 900  per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Doctoral Research fellow, (position code 1017). The position as research fellow is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale.
  • PhD candidates receive a full tuition, a partial fee waiver and five weeks paid vacation. PhD candidates are also entitled to apply for subsidized housing through the University of Oslo, subject to availability. The University of Oslo offers attractive welfare benefits and pension arrangements in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

 

How to apply

The application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:

  • Letter of application.
  • A project description containing a brief outline of the research questions to be examined within the two areas mentioned above, potential methods to be applied, and information about the applicant’s experience with these methods (max. 5 pages).
  • 1-2 references with contact information (e.g., Master’s thesis supervisor).
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works that may be of relevance to the application.
  • Documentation of the earlier education (diplomas, grade transcripts, descriptions of the course of study).

 

Incomplete applications will under normal circumstances not be assessed. As a rule, interviews will be conducted as part of the appointment process. Original diplomas and grade transcripts from previous courses of study need to be presented or sent to us from the universities from which the PhD candidate obtained the degrees.

 

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.

 

Further information on the application process can be obtained from Senior Adviser Anne-Catherine Lehre (a.c.w.g.lehre@cemo.uio.no). Further information about CEMO can be found here: uv.uio.no/cemo/english

 

Formal regulations


Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

 

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

 

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

 

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

 

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

 

Contact information


Associate Professor Björn Andersson, bjorn.andersson@cemo.uio.no

Senior Adviser Anne-Catherine Lehre, a.c.w.g.lehre@cemo.uio.no

 

About the University of Oslo


The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

 

The Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO) provides a stimulating research environment

 

by bringing internationally renowned substantive and methodological experts together. Research at CEMO combines basic research and applications of advanced measurement techniques to solve core educational problems. CEMO also contributes to the development of measurement competence through teaching and outreach. The centre is part of a broad international network and manages several externally funded research grants.

 

Deadline
30.05.2018


Employer
University of Oslo


Municipality
Oslo

Scope
Fulltime

Duration
Temporary

Jobbnorge ID
151078


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