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PhD candidate in the field of work-oriented rehabilitation in sickness absence management

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.

The Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Health Technology, has a vacancy for a full-time, three-year, fixed term position as a PhD candidate in the field of work-oriented rehabilitation in sickness absence management of individuals diagnosed with musculoskeletal disorders. The PhD position will be affiliated with the musculoskeletal health research group ( and the Centre for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health ( The project is a continuation of the MI-NAV project that ended in 2023 (

The desired start date is 1 January 2025.

Field of research

Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the main causes of long-term sickness absence in Norway. The project aims to improve sickness absence management for individuals who are on long-term sick leave as a result of musculoskeletal disorders. The project consists of three parts: 1) examining whether current prediction models for early identification of individuals at risk of long-term sickness absence can be improved using machine learning methods for big data relating to absence due to illness in Norway, 2) developing and testing a chat bot that will train healthcare professionals in delivering a stratified work-oriented conversation-based intervention (SVAI) to individuals who are signed off sick as a result of musculoskeletal disorders and 3) developing a feasible implementation strategy for SVAI in the primary health services.

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, scientific assistant and specialist candidate - Lovdata).

It would be advantageous for applicants to have

Personal characteristics

Personal suitability will be emphasised.

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

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.y

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: 11 August 2024

Ref: 24/19382

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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