PhD Candidate in Educational Science / Special Education (Mapping Tests in Reading)

University of Stavanger



About the Position

The University of Stavanger has a vacancy as a research fellow in educational science / special education - mapping tests in reading at the National Center for Reading Education and Reading Research (the Reading Center). The position is vacant from 1 January 2020.

This is an educational position that will primarily give promising researchers the opportunity for professional development. The position has research training up to the doctoral degree as a goal.

The research fellow is employed for a period of three years with a pure research education or four years with a research education and 25% duty to work. This is clarified in the recruitment process.

The position will help to generate more knowledge about the assessment of pupils' literacy as a starting point for implementing measures and increased learning outcomes. The scholarship position can be linked to the Reading Center's development of mapping tests in reading for the child's level and / or the innovation project Adaptvurder. Possible approaches can be the pedagogical use of tests and test results or to research various approaches for measuring student literacy. However, the position is not limited to these proposals and candidates are very welcome to present other project ideas within the advertised subject area. 


Project Outline

As an applicant, you must prepare a preliminary project sketch (maximum 5 pages) for a doctoral project within the subject area, which discusses the problem, relevance, theoretical and methodological approach. Your preliminary project sketch will be included in the competence assessment. During the first three months of the employment period, the project plan will be further developed in cooperation with the supervisors and designed for the final project description. Project sketch template can be found here.  Applicants can contact the center manager Kjersti Lundetræ ( to be contacted by the relevant supervisor


Eligibility Requirements

We seek you who have a strong professional background with a five-year master's degree (3 + 2) within special education, educational science or equivalent education that provides the basis for conducting a research education, preferably of a recent date.

If your grade on the Master's thesis and weighted average grade on the Master's program both correspond to B or better, you are among those we are looking for. If you finish your education in the spring of 2019, you are also welcome to apply.

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than AF are required to attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian AF scale.

Furthermore, emphasis is placed on:

  • is motivated and has the potential for research within the field
  • can work independently and in a community, be innovative and creative
  • is structured and has great working capacity
  • has good skills in Norwegian or Scandinavian, both written and oral
  • has good English proficiency, both written and oral

We Offer

  • varied tasks in a large, exciting and socially important organization
  • an ambitious working partnership and an inclusive working environment
  • colleague-based counseling program the first year you teach at UiS, NyTi
  • wages according to the Government Wage Regulations lpl 17,515, code 1017, bkr 449,400 per year with wage development after seniority in the position. 
  • membership of the Government Pension Fund ensures good pension and insurance schemes.
  • more about employee benefits and benefits at


Other Information

See regulations on terms of employment for employment in fellowship positions at the University of Stavanger.

It is a condition that the person who is hired settles so that he or she can be present at, and available to, the academic community in the workplace during ordinary working hours.



Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Kjersti Lundetræ, Head of Center, tel: +45 51 83 32 60, e-mail: kjersti.lundetre @ or to office manager Joachim Kolnes Andersen tel: +47 51 83 35 41, e-mail joachim.k.

Information about the hiring process can be obtained by contacting HR adviser Camelia Danaei, tel: +45 51 83 31 49, e-mail:


The Application

Search the position electronically via the "Search position" on this page. Here application and CV are registered with relevant education and work experience. In the application letter you must show your research interests and motivation to apply for the position.

The following documents are uploaded as attachments to the application, in separate files:

  • project outline
  • diplomas and certificates
  • list of publications
  • ev. other documentation that you would like it to be taken into account

The documentation must be in a Scandinavian language or English. If the attachments exceed 30 MB in total, they must be compressed before uploading. Information and documentation to be taken into consideration when assessing must be registered within the deadline for applications. Contact information for three reference persons is stated in the application or on request.

We note that information about the applicant may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be listed on the public list of applicants, cf. 

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in JobbNorge.

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