PhD Fellow Related to Child Welfare Research University of Agder, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Social Work Norway

University of Agder has over 1200 employees and 12,000 students. It makes us one of the country's largest jobs. Our employees research, teach and convey knowledge from different disciplines. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a wide range of studies within many fields of work. We are hosting two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad.


We are an open and inclusive university characterized by collaboration culture. UiA aims to further develop education and research at a high international level.


PhD fellow related to child welfare research


At the University of Agder, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Department of Sociology and Social Work, there is a free 100% temporary position as a PhD student in the field of university child welfare for a period of three years, possibly four years with a 25% employment obligation. The place of work is Kristiansand.


At the Faculty of Social Sciences it is approx. 75 added and approx. 1,500 students. The faculty has four institutes: Department of Political Science and Management, Department of Global Development and Social Planning, Department of Information Systems and the Department of Sociology and Social Work.


Description of the position

The Department of Sociology and Social Work has entered into cooperation with the child welfare service in the Kristiansand region to develop and strengthen practical research related to child welfare. This initiative is called "university child welfare". The purpose of the cooperation is to help create a knowledge-based and good child welfare service that is capable of meeting future challenges through a dynamic and binding interaction between research, education and practice. Fellowship position should be attached to this initiative. We are searching for projects that highlight one or more of the following themes:


- Competence in child welfare

- Professional ethical challenges in child welfare practice

- Documentation and digitization in child welfare

- Children's best and decision-making processes

- Cross-professional cooperation between child welfare and other public agencies

- Collaboration with user organizations in the development of child welfare

- Collaboration between child welfare and children's guardians

- Exercise in a pluralistic society


We seek original, empirical and theoretical project descriptions of high quality. The project can use and further develop research methods that require close dialogue with the field of practice (eg practice research, collaborative research, action research, institutional ethnography, etc.).


Qualifications and terms


The fellow student must have the necessary qualifications for admission to the faculty's PhD program and will be affiliated with one of the faculty's research groups. Access by appointment. More information about the faculty's research groups, doctoral programs and specializations can be found here: It is assumed that the candidate applying for admission to the Profres research school. More information about Profres:


The qualification requirement is completed in the main subject / master's degree within social sciences (child welfare, social work, sociology, social anthropology, etc.), with an average grade of B or better. It is an advantage if the candidate has a good knowledge of child welfare as a field of work. In addition, current applicants must have good Norwegian knowledge both in writing and verbally. The academic environment at the Department of Sociology and Social Work is characterized by close cooperation with the practice field of education and research, among other things through Praxis South Cooperation.


Further details of the position as a fellow student are set out in the Regulations on employment conditions for posts as postdoctoral, fellow, academic assistant and special candidate, determined by the Ministry of Education on 31 January 2006, pursuant to the Law on Universities and Colleges, Section 6-4.


Applicants will prepare a project description, which will follow the application. The project description shall cover up to 10 pages including literature list, and will present and discuss possible research questions, theoretic perspectives, materials and methods. The project description must also contain a progress plan for the work. The quality of the project description will be given great weight in the assessment of the applications. Applicants are ranked according to the applicants' expertise and potential. When assessing the applicants, emphasis is placed on the obtained exam results, the relevance of the academic background, any previously published work and documented development work, as well as the quality and relevance of the project description. Relevant practice, personal fitness and cooperation skills will also be emphasized. The position requires the ability to work targeted, tidy, concentrated and independent. It is important from the university that the candidate is to be ensured good guidance, including with the appointment of two supervisors, PhD follow-up at the department and admission to research school. On request we can also provide guidance on the project schedule.


Current candidates will be invited for interview.


We offer:

  • Guidance and PhD follow-up
  • Modern locations and a versatile welfare offer
  • Opportunities for flexible working hours

The positions are placed in the National Wage Regulatory Wage Plan 17,515, 1017, kr. 436,900. From the salary, statutory deposits go to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


The state labor force should reflect as much as possible the diversity of the population, and it is a staff policy goal for the University of Agder to achieve a balanced composition. We therefore encourage all qualified individuals to apply regardless of cultural background, gender, age or functional ability.


The person who has been appointed has the rights and obligations under the provisions that apply to the position at any time. Admission is made by the Admissions Committee for teaching and research positions at the University of Agder.



The application and necessary information about education and experience are sent electronically, use the link "search position". CV and the following documentation must be attached to the electronic application:


The following are uploaded electronically:

  • Diplomas and certificates *
  • Master's thesis / master's thesis
  • Scientific work and R & D activities, as well as a list of these
  • Project description (10 pages)


* Original documents of diplomas and grades or certified copies of original documents with stamp, date and legible signature from a public office (for example, university, college, police) must be submitted before any appointment.


It is the applicant's responsibility within the stipulated time to submit full documentation. All documentation must be in a Scandinavian language or English. We note that we can not assess you as an applicant if an application is missing.


Application deadline: 15.02.18.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the lecturer Sigrid Nordstoga tel. 38 14 17 25, email, or head of department Ann Christin Nilsen tel. 38 14 15 32, e-mail


In accordance with Section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Public Administration Act, applicants may request not to be listed on the public search list. However, the university may decide to publish the name of the applicant. Applicants will be notified in advance of any publication.

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