Postdoctoral fellowship in the area of Communication Sciences and Disorders University of Oslo, Department: The department of Special Needs EducationFakultet: Faculty of Educational Sciences Norway

Postdoctoral fellowship in the area of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Job description

Applications are invited for a three-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Special Needs Education, Faculty of Education, University of Oslo. The position is embedded within the “The 500 cochlear implant (CI) project” exploring hearing, language and quality of life in people who have received a cochlear implant as a child. The CI project is carried out within the Child Language and Learning research group in close cooperation with Oslo University Hospital and the national interdisciplinary CI-team holding educational, medical and technical expertise.


Brief summary of the CI-project

The CI-project includes data from about 500 CI-recipients who participate in the CI-program at Oslo University Hospital. The study is across-sectional and aims to investigating speech perception, language skills, quality of life and the cause of deafness of all cochlear implant (CI) users in Norway who have received CI by the age of 18. The data which has been collected in the project includes information about the CI user’s hearing, language, habilitation situation, mode of communication type of education and work situation, as well as data from the family and characteristics of the cochlear implants. The study aims to explore factors associated with variations in outcomes. Children with both pre- and post-deaf lingual deafness, as well as children with no and multiple disabilities are included.


More about the position

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities).


The successful applicant will conduct their research as part of the CIproject in collaboration with the research team at both the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital.

Main duties: 

  • Publication of articles and presentations of outcomes based on existing data and already formulated research questions
  • Development of own research questions that can be answered by existing data and written up for publication
  • Possibly collection of data from other reference groups
  • Exploration of the possibility of comparing existing Norwegian data with data from other countries


The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (PhD) or equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Special Needs Education or another relevant discipline. Applicants who have been awarded a PhD in Hearing Sciences are preferred. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Documented track record of research, evidenced by successful publishing in scientific journals.
  • Proficient written and oral language skills are required (English)
  • Proven ability to work and collaborate within a multidisciplinary environment.


The following desirable personal skills will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Result-oriented
  • Structured
  • Accurate
  • Good communication skills
  • Enthusiasm


We are seeking highly motivated candidates who have a particular interest in special education research and more specifically in hearing and communication sciences. The successful candidate will be required to participate actively in our research community including the CI-project team, the Child Language and Learning research group and in the CI-team at Oslo University Hospital. If new data is to be collected in Norway, proficient Norwegian language skills would be an advantage as the candidate will be required to communicate with Norwegian speaking informants and parents. However, knowledge of Norwegian is not a requirement for the present position.


The appointment is for a period of 3 years. For more information, please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.


We offer

  • salary NOK 490 900 –  569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities


How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • 3-4 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


Applicants from countries other than Nordic countries where English is not the official language must attach a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 105 (electronical version). Exceptions to this are for applicants who have obtained a diploma/degree from a university in an English speaking country.


In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.


It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.


Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.


No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution. 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 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

Title: Professor, Head of department, Ona Bø Wie (project leader), email:, mobile phone: +47 90920274

Title: Administrative Manager, Marika Vartun, email:, phone: +47-22855019


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 Faculty

of Educational Sciences is composed of three departments and two research centre with a total of nearly 350 employees and 3500 students. We offer three different bachelor degrees and ten masters programmes, as well as Norway's most prestigious teacher-training program and several joint interdisiplinary programmes.



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