Research fellow in Smart City project "Children and a smart sustainable city"
University of Stavanger Department of Early Childhood Education

Research fellow in Smart City project "Children and a smart sustainable city"



Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a research fellowship in Educational Science.


This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively, or four years with both research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be clarified in the recruitment process. The position is vacant from 15th of September 2019.


The position will be part of the Stavanger ‘Smart City’ priority ‘Education and knowledge’, a collaboration between public sector, business and academia. The research area for the position will be related to early childhood education for sustainable development, to natural sciences, science education in early childhood, and to the environmental humanities.


This research fellow position will be part of the FILIORUM work package “Belonging”. It will also have a basis in the institutional research group “Sustainability, STEM and physical education”, and will be related to The Greenhouse – an interdisciplinary environmental humanities program of the Faculty.


The project will observe, explore and develop children’s understanding, competences and active participation through peripheral, yet active participation in various processes related to the establishing and developing of a smart and sustainable city, where the children shall participate in selected processes, activities and events related to other ‘Stavanger Smart City’ projects. Central in the project will be meetings between the children and some of the ‘real’ actors.


A more detailed project notification is described here.


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Project proposal

As an applicant, you must prepare a preliminary project proposal for a doctoral project within the subject area, which explains the problem, relevance, theoretical and methodological approach. The project proposal has to build on the attached project notification. However, the applicant is invited to change and develop the indicated suggestions for theories, methods and literature, and to provide with own ideas.


Your preliminary project proposal will be included in the application assessment. During the first three months of the employment period, the project proposal will be further developed in cooperation with your supervisors and completed for the final project description. A project proposal template can be found here.


Qualification requirements

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within natural or environmental sciences, science education, early childhood education, sustainability, environmental humanities, or other relevant subjects, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.


To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the Univeristy of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.


Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F should attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale.


In assessing the applications, emphasis will be placed on:


is motivated and has the potential for research within the field

can work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative is structured and has a high capacity for work

a good command of both oral and written English


We offer

varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation

an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure

colleague-based guidance programme during your first year of teaching at UiS, NyTi

salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.515, code 1017, NOK 449.400,- gross per year with salary development according to seniority in the position.

automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits

favourable membership terms at a gym and at the company sports club

employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors

Home-Job-Home discounted public transport to and from work

as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced

relocation programme in event of moving to Norway, including support and language courses for spouses

Other information

See "Regulations concering terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, reserach assistant and resident" at the University of Stavanger


The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of opinion between the texts, the Norwegian text shall be decisive.


Contact information

More information on the position can be obtained from associate professor Barbara Maria Sageidett, tel: +47 51 83 35 78, e-mail: or Head of Department Jorunn Melberg, tel: +47 51 83 34 99, e-mail:


Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-Adviser Grete Marnburg, tel: +47 51 83 35 45, e-mail:



To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Register your application and CV including relevant education and work experience. In your application letter you must show your research interests and motivation to apply for the position.


The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files:


project proposal



list of publications

other documentation that you consider relevant

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. Information and documentation to be taken into account in the assessment must be submitted within the application dealine. Contact details for three references must be provided in the application or upon request.


Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.


UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.


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University of Stavanger - challenge the familiar and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,700 employees. We are the only Norwegian member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university has high ambitions. We will have an innovative and international profile, and will be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Together with our staff and students, we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.



Department of Early Childhood Education, which is part of the Faculty of Arts and Education, has responsibility for early childhood education (bachelor), master of education in kindergarten science, doctoral course and lifelong learning activities for early childhood teachers. The department has responsibility for a semiannual study for exchange students, Comparative Educational Studies. The department´s vision is to be innovative in research and education within the subject area. The activities at the department should be characterized by qualities and values related to the field, such as openness and curiosity, exploration urge and learning, play and creativity, relationships characterized by responsibility and respect, as well as a distinct social commitment. The department will educate competent, motivated and socially committed early childhood teachers. There are currently 60 employees and 700 students at the department.


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1st August 2019


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