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PhD Candidate in Communication in the Emergency Medical Services

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of five departments and offers study programmes on all levels, including PhD. The faculty has about 6000 students and nearly 600 members of staff.

Department of Nursing and Health Promotion is located at all three campus: Kjeller, Pilestredet and Sandvika. The department has approximately 3000 students and 250 employees.

Area of work

The Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, has a vacancy for a fixed-term post as a PhD candidate in communication in the emergency medical services.The fixed-term post has a duration of three years and the desired starting date is January, 1st, 2025. 

The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the ADAPT2Lang project and the acute/critically ill and injured research group. The research group conducts research to promote equitable and safe emergency health services of high quality throughout the emergency medicine chain.

In Norway, individuals experiencing or witnessing a medical emergency will call 113 to seek help. These calls are routed to a local emergency medicine communications centre (EMCC). An EMCC operator, who will be a qualified nurse or paramedic, will answer the call. During the call, the EMCC operator will assess the caller’s situation, provide advice on what to do next and determine which primary measures to initiate, such as sending an ambulance.

Communication can be challenging when EMCC operators and callers do not speak the same language (the call is language discordant). Misunderstandings may arise if, for example, the operator is fluent in Norwegian but the caller speaks Polish. The process of assessing the situation, providing advice and making decisions becomes more complicated in such calls.

The “ADAPT2Lang” project has been designed to promote knowledge of language-discordant calls, in particular: (1) The perspectives of EMCC operators and callers on needs, challenges and solutions and (2) how EMCC operators and callers manage the situation when talking to one another.

The PhD candidate will be required to cooperate closely with the research group:

As a PhD candidate at OsloMet, you will have the opportunity to apply for a grant for an extended research stay abroad.

Qualification requirements and conditions

The general criteria for appointment as a PhD candidate can be found in the regulations (Regulations relating to employment terms for posts such as postdoctoral fellow, PhD candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate - Lovdata).

It would be advantageous for applicants to have

Personal characteristics

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population in the region and we would like to invite all qualified applicants to apply. We are working actively to further develop as an inclusive workplace and will adapt the workplace as required. We also welcome applications from those who have had periods in which they were not in employment, education or training.

What we offer

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

The post is remunerated in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale and OsloMet’s salary policy under code 1017 as a PhD candidate, salary grade 54, which corresponds to a starting salary of NOK 532,200 per annum.

The application process

If you would like to apply for the post, you need to apply electronically using the “apply for the position” button. You must upload the following documents before the application deadline expires:

We only process applications submitted via our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded in order for your application to be processed. Documents must be submitted in English or a Scandinavian language. Any translations must be notarised. Original versions must be presented if you are invited to attend an interview. OsloMet will carry out document control to ensure that candidates are subject to a proper evaluation and fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

An appointment will be made based on the principles set out in the Norwegian Civil Servants Act (, as well as legislation governing the export of knowledge, technology and services. Background checks may be carried out in order to verify information provided in the CV and submitted documents. Background checks will not be carried out without the applicant’s consent and relevant applicants will receive further information about the process.

OsloMet has endorsed the principles set out in the DORA Declaration and the institution is committed to adhering to the recommendations therein.

Further information

If you would like further information about the position, please contact:

Application deadline: August 11th, 2024Ref:   24/19754

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commission holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

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 are seen to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter law will not be considered for the position.

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