Phd Fellowship In Didactics Of Mathematics Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway

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Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering


Department of Mathematical Sciences, IMF


PhD fellowship in didactics of mathematics


The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a PhD position in didactics of mathematics affiliated with the Department of Mathematical Sciences, IMF. The position is for 4 years with 25 % teaching duties.


Job description


The department has in recent years been involved in a process of reforming the form and content of the basic education in mathematics and statistics for engineering students. The PhD fellow will engage in research which is relevant for continuation and further development of this process. Research will focus on:


-the transition from secondary to higher education, and/or


-the use of digital resources, including computational resources, for teaching, learning and assessment of mathematics, and/or


-the development of physical and virtual learning environments.


Much of the material relevant for the research will be in Norwegian. Therefore, if the PhD fellow does not master a Scandinavian language, she or he will have to acquire some knowledge of Norwegian at an early stage of the employment period. Applicants who already are fluent in a Scandinavian language will normally be preferred. The PhD fellow will in addition be involved in teaching activities related to regular courses at a basic level.




The position is open to researchers holding a master degree in didactics of mathematics, in mathematics/statistics, or in another relevant field. A solid background in mathematics at university level is required. Experience from teaching mathematics in higher education is an advantage.


Master students in their final year are also invited to apply. Employment will then be postponed until the master degree is finished.


The application should contain: CV, information about the applicant's pedagogical qualifications and experience, testimonials and certificates.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Formal regulations


Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:


TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE: grade B or A.


Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU.


Applicants must undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The person who is appointed must comply with the conditions that apply at any time to employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment.


Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU. Together with the application, include a description of the research work that is planned for completion during the period of the grant.


The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government’s policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. NTNU wishes to increase the number of women in its workforce, and female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.


The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants in Norway. The candidate must adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.


Further details about the position can be obtained from Professor Frode Rønning, phone: +47 73550256, e-mail: or Head of Office Marte Andresen, phone: +47 73591740, e-mail: .


The position as PhD fellow follows code 1017 with a gross salary of NOK 435 100 a year. A pension contribution of 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.


Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page. Preferably, all attachments should be combined into a single file.


Reference no: IE 084-2017.


Application deadline: 15.09.2017.

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