PhD Fellows in Developmental Psychology
University of Oslo Department of Psychology

PhD Fellows in Developmental Psychology




Job description

The Department of Psychology has two available positions as PhD Fellow in Developmental Psychology at the University of Oslo.


The PhD fellows will work within the project "The Development of Understanding of Insight and Aha-experiences", funded by the FRIPRO-program of the Norwegian Research Council. Each fellow will be responsible for the implementation of one of the subprojects. There will also be room to implement own ideas.


The project is led by Professor Rolf Reber in collaboration with Professor Francisco Pons and Associate Professor Evalill Bølstad Karevold, all from the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.


The project description can be downloaded here. Within each subproject, the Doctoral Fellow will plan, conduct, and analyse experimental studies to examine the understanding of Aha-experiences in children. Some assistance can be provided for data collection.


More about the position

The fellowship period is up to 4 years, with 3 years devoted to research education. A 4-year position entails a compulsory work load of 25% that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance. Ealiest startingdate: 1st January 2020.


The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD programme and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.




Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold a two-year master degree or equivalent degree in developmental psychology or an adjacent field (e.g., social, cognitive, or educational psychology; education) with a thesis applying quantitative methods. The grade of the master thesis (minimum 30 ECTS) must be minimum grade B.

Plans for high-quality research within the project, as evidenced by the one- to three-page proposal to implement the project

Knowledge of experimental design and statistical methods is required

Scientific publications, conference presentations and experience as research assistant, especially within developmental psychology are an advantage

Teaching experience is an advantage

Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required

Working knowledge of a Scandinavian language, preferably Norwegian, is required.

We offer

Salary NOK 449 400– 505 800 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow (SKO 1017/1378)

Attractive welfare benefits

A generous pension agreement

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)

An outline on how to implement the project, including own ideas (1 to 3 pages); the project description can be found here

CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)

A complete list of publications

Up to three publications that the applicant wishes to be considered

Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)

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, please follow the link “apply for this job”. International 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).


When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the "Project description" and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be invited for an interview.


Formal regulations

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


No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period 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.


Contact information

Principal Investigator: Professor Rolf Reber, e-mail:


Head of Office: Birgitte Bøgh-Olsen, e-mail:


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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 Department of Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.


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15th August 2019


University of Oslo




Full time



Fixed Term


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Department of Psychology

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