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PhD Candidate in Developmental Psychology

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Psychological sciencesPsychology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    04/08/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Trondheim


The Department of Psychology announces a PhD position for a period of 3 years. The position is connected to the PhD programme in Social Sciences with specialization in psychology at the Faculty of Social- and Educational Sciences. The Faculty will be the employer. The working place will be at the Department of Psychology and you will report to the Head of Department.

The Department of Psychology is looking for a candidate who wants to carry out research and formulate innovative themes and challenges within the field of Developmental Psychology. The PhD project focuses on the relation between parenting and children’s emotional development. A core question is: How can parents promote children’s proactive behaviours towards their own emotion regulation? Theoretically, this project is funded on theories of agency, such as the Self-Determination Theory. The PhD project will involve a series of empirical studies including data from the Trondheim Early Secure Study and various other sources of data from parents and their children.

Duties of the position

The PhD candidate must realize his/her PhD project within a period of 3 years. The core of the PhD activities are the design and execution of empirical studies and the dissemination of his/her work via international journals and conferences.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Psychology or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.


The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

In the assessment of the candidates the following qualifications will be emphasized:

  • Grades from the master’s degree/cand.psychol.
  • Research relevant experience such as publications and being involved in research
  • Recommendations/references
  • Special interest in child development, parenting, and emotion regulation; experience in one or more of these topics is a surplus
  • Good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills
  • Competence in quantitative research methodologies is a surplus
  • Motivated to engage in international exchange

Personal characteristics

Personal characteristics such as eagerness to learn, creative and critical thinking, conscientiousness, perseverance, excellent cooperation and independent working skills, autonomous motivation to contribute to excellent research and a good work environment will be emphasized.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


The period of employment is 3 years.


Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in in Social sciences with specialization in Psychology (https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phsv/psychology) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.


The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and contact information of three character referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 


The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.


As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Jolene van der Kaap-Deeder, email; Jolene.van.der.Kaap-Deeder@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Senior Executive Officer HR Kirsten Sjolte, email; kirsten.sjolte@ntnu.no

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-480 when applying.

Application deadline: 04.08.2020

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Our research and teaching are based on five perspectives: biological, cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology. We offer a clinical programme in psychology as well as study programmes in the psychology of learning and in work and organizational psychology. We have also three outpatient clinics in which we treat patients as part of the clinical programme. The Department of Psychology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

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