PhD candidate in the project Smart digital health communication Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Department of Language and Literature Norway

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PhD candidate in the project Smart digital health communication

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About the position
We have a vacant three-year position as a research fellow associated with the project Smart digital health communication at NTNU's Center for Academic Communication ( SEKOM ) at the Department of Language and Literature .


SEKOM was established in 2017 and focuses on the communication-related challenges that arise from the requirements for academic quality and for interdisciplinary activities in modern working life. These topics are relevant to a wide range of professions, in the private and public sectors.


The project has a research and development focus that has as its overall objective to develop a knowledge-based tool (MOOC) that can support digital communication between healthcare workers and patients. We study concrete communication between health workers and patients. Through interdisciplinary research, we develop knowledge about health personnel's practice regarding the use of digital tools in communication with the patients. In addition, we explore methods for evaluating patients' eHealth literacy. The users (health personnel and patients) are included in all phases of the project.


Rheumatology is chosen as a clinical case. The data material is obtained through qualitative methods. Anyone who receives the position will collaborate with the interdisciplinary research group through various phases of the research process


eligibility Requirements
The main goal of the position as a research fellow is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completed major / master's degree (corresponding to 120 credits) with a strong academic background within applied linguistics or health science, with an emphasis on communication, or equivalent education that is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale . Applicants without letter grades from previous studies should have an equally good academic basis. Applicants with a weaker grade background may be considered if it is documented that the candidate is particularly suitable for a PhD education.


We refer to the Regulations on terms of employment for positions as postdoctoral fellow, PhD candidate, scientific assistant and specialist candidate for general criteria for the position.

Other demands:

Applicants must master Norwegian well as well as English both verbally and in writing
Desired background and expertise

Experience with project development from research and innovation
Experience with qualitative methods
Good collaboration skills
Emphasis will be placed on independence, motivation and personal suitability for the position.


We offer
exciting and developing tasks in a strong and international professional environment
open and inclusive working environment with committed colleagues
favorable terms in the Government Pension Fund
Employee benefits and benefits

Salaries and terms
The position as fellow student code 1017 is paid gross NOK 449,400 per. years depending on qualifications and seniority. From salaries, 2% of the statutory deposit is withdrawn from the Government Pension Fund.


The employment period is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to PhD programs in linguistics. As a research fellow, you undertake to participate in an organized doctoral program within the period of employment, and employment requires that you are actually eligible for admission to the PhD program within three months.


The employment takes place on the terms that apply at all times to employees in the state, and after hiring you must expect that changes can occur in the work area.


General information
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A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background. According to the public law, information about the applicant may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be listed on the applicant list.


Questions about the position can be directed to Heidi Gilstad, tel. +47 90 12 26 53, e-mail


About the application:

The application must contain information about the applicant's background and motivation for completing the PhD project, including language skills. The following must be added:

CV, including any publications beyond the master's thesis
Diplomas and certificates from previous relevant working conditions
Master's thesis (digital version)
Short description (4 pages) of the planned doctoral project according to the template for project description.
Contact information for 2-3 relevant references

The project description will constitute the main basis for the assessment of the applicant, together with other documentation of scientific qualifications


For applicants who are considered relevant for employment, references and interviews will be obtained.


Applications that are not submitted within the deadline or sent electronically via Jobbnorge will not be considered.

Application deadline: 13.01.2019.


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