PhD Research Fellowship in Work and Organizational Psychology

PhD Research Fellowship in Work and Organizational Psychology

Job title: PhD Research Fellowship in Work and Organizational Psychology

Company: Universitetet i Oslo

Job description: PhD Research Fellowship in Work and Organizational Psychology

Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
Section for Methodology, Work-, Cultural-, and Social Psychology (MAKS)

Job description

A 3-4-year position as Ph.D. Fellow is available in the Section of Methodology, Work-, Cultural-, and Social psychology (MAKS) at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The position is associated with the work and organizational psychology group.

More about the position

The fellowship is devoted to carrying out a Ph.D. project within the context of “friendship at work.” The successful candidate will have the opportunity to co-develop the exact focus of their Ph.D. within this context, thereby adopting, for instance, a team process perspective or a boundary management perspective. Yet, a part of the Ph.D. will focus on the work-related consequences of having friends at work. The successful candidate will independently conduct their studies, which will result in 3 related papers to be published in relevant international peer-reviewed management and work & organizational psychology journals. The three papers will tackle the topic from different angles, and the respective study designs will use different methodologies with a strong quantitative and multi-level focus.

The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. A 4th year can be considered with the addition of 25 % teaching requirement, depending on the competence of the applicant and the needs of the Department. The research fellow must take part in the Department’s approved Ph.D. program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

Qualification requirements

You hold a Bachelor (180 ECTS) and a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent in psychology or closely related disciplines, preferably with a major in work and organizational psychology. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS with a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. * You need an average grade A or B in your Master’s degree on the ECTS scale to be qualified for admission to the Ph.D. program. Candidates with an average grade C in their Master’s degree can be assessed individually upon application.

  • You have excellent statistical skills, preferably documented through thesis work, publications, and courses, and a strong motivation to learn new quantitative methods.
  • You are familiar with open-science practices and have a strong work ethic to pursuing these.
  • You speak and write fluently in English.

Preferable qualifications

  • A strong background in psychology is a clear advantage. A related disciplinary background can be considered if its relevance for the current call can be made clear, and if the candidate can show knowledge and skills in psychological theory and methods.
  • You are enthusiastic about the topic and have excellent ideas how to theoretically and empirically advance what we know about friendship at work.
  • Ideally, you have initial experience in qualitative research or are willing to learn qualitative data analysis.
  • You are experienced in analyzing data using R, Mplus, or SPSS, including multi-level modeling.
  • You have a strong teaching interest in work and organizational psychology.
  • You speak a Scandinavian language.

Personal skills

  • You are ambitious to conduct high-quality empirical research and resilient to cope with setbacks in the process.
  • You are a team player, who is interested in co-developing research ideas and in playing an active role in the team – yet you also know (and like to) work independently.
  • You are open to learn new statistical methods and to bridge the gap between disciplines within psychology in developing creative. and thought-provoking ideas, how to study friendship at work.

We offer

  • A job opportunity in an international research team that is looking forward to work with you
  • A salary of NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on your qualifications.
  • 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

Are you interested in this position? Then send us the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (1-2 pages): explain us why this job is just perfect for you and why you want to work with us
  • A research statement (1 page): tell us what kind of research you are interested in pursuing as part of this Ph.D. position and why. Use relevant references to back your research statement up.
  • Curriculum Vitae: summarize your education, positions and academic work and publications, including conference presentations
  • Copies of educational certificates in English or in one of the Scandinavian languages (academic transcripts only)
  • Copies of publications/academic work (if any) that you wish to be considered by the evaluation committee, such as your master thesis
  • Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to you, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Documentation of English fluency

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 applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project.

Applicants may be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the 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 of 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 for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

Associate Professor Nina M. Junker:

Head of administration Joakim Dyrnes:

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.

Expected salary: 491200 – 534400 per year

Location: Oslo

Job date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 23:13:00 GMT

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