PhD Studentship in Conversation analysis
Høgskolen i Sørøst-Norge
14 dager siden

The Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science has a vacancy for a position as PhD Studentship in the project Conversation Analytic Innovation for Teacher Education (CAiTE) -

Research-based Training for Enhancing Assessment and Feedback Quality from 01.09.2018. The project is funded by The Research Council of Norway and the vacant position involves close collaboration with the project group in accordance with the research questions defined in the project description.

The position is attached to the Department of Languages and Literature studies and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Vestfold, but the position may also include assignments on other campuses of USN.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education in linguistics, communication or conversation analysis (CA).

CA training is an avantage, but not a requirement. The applicant must have gained the degree within the application deadline.

Experience from either teacher education or school and education within nordic languages and literature or pedagogy is an advantage.

The applicant must have fluent skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Pedagogical Resources and Learning Processes in Kindergarten and School (PEDRES).

Department of Languages and Literature Studies represents a dynamic community. The division at Campus Vestfold contains 32 staff members in the school subject Norwegian and seven members in English as a second language.

The department has provided research and development within conversation analysis (CA) and classroom discourse, in addition to the fields of textbook science, multimodality and discourse analysis.

The department offers an interdisciplinary research group ( Network for interaction analysis ), with a broad international network within conversation analysis, pedagogy and educational researchers.

Professor of Social Interaction, Elizabeth Stokoe from Loughborough University, holds a Professor II-position at USN and will be an important resource for the PhD-candidate.

The candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and to collaborate closely with the research group in CAiTE.

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

Information about the position

It is expected that the candidate will add knowledge to the field of conversation analysis (CA), and educational science.

It is required that the PhD project responds to the research questions in the CAiTE-project and is designed to fit the aims of the project.

The appointment is for a term of three years with a possibility of four years with 25% teaching duties, depending on the applicant’s qualifications for teaching.

For further information concerning the position please contact Associate Professor Karianne Skovholt (phone : +47 912 43 036) or Head of Department Astrid Granly (phone : +47 31 00 91 48).

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating, collaborative and international working environment.
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours
  • Salary

    PhD Research Fellow (code 1017) : NOK 436 900 a year. Further promotion will be based on service in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered.

    Salary NOK 436 900 600 200 a year. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.

    Additional information

    The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for appointments to academic positions at University of Southeastern Norway.

    An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

    The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

    It is an aim of personnel policy that the academic staff of University of Southeastern Norway should reflect the composition of the general population.

    It is therefore a personnel policy objective to achieve a balanced age and gender composition on the faculty and to recruit people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

    People from ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position.

    There are few men employed in research positions at the Department, and consequently men are especially encouraged to apply.

    According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-

    disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his / her request has been declined.

    How to apply

    University of Southeastern Norway uses online applications. We therefore ask applicants to register their application and CV online by clicking on the Send application link to the right.

    The application must include the following documents :

    1. Certified diplomas and certificates from university college / university

    2. Master’s thesis

    3. A 5-page (maximum) project description

    4. Any scientific publications and a list of these

    5. Three references (contact information)

    Please note that all documents must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language by an authorized translator.

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