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PhD Fellowship position in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Teacher Education

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 Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 4.000 students and 400 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

The Department of Computer Science offers three bachelor’s degree programmes, a master’s degree programme, and is part of a cross-departmental PhD program. Academic staff at the department are pursuing research in a wide range of areas including computer science, the natural sciences, and innovation and management. Both students and researchers are also involved in an increasing number of interdisciplinary initiatives across the university.

Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD), Department of Computer Science, is recruiting a candidate for a PhD Fellowship position in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Teacher Education. This is a multi-disciplinary project at the intersection of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Pedagogy and Ethics. The main aspect with this PhD-project will be to contribute with new knowledge in improving the conditions of using AR/VR as a part of teacher training within teacher education programs. You can find information about the research group here. 

Area of research

Teacher education often involves problem-based and scenario-based learning approaches. The benefits and drawbacks of using AR/VR will be investigated by means of designing and developing a series of dynamic software prototypes that will simulate teaching scenarios and experiences. 

The respective effectiveness and user experience are central aspects of the project and should be evaluated by means of qualitative and quantitative approaches. The project is expected to contribute to the understanding of which medium (AR or VR) is more appropriate in the context of teacher education. The candidate is expected to design and develop AR and/or VR software solutions and usable user interface designs. Since that requires specialist knowledge the project is expected to mitigate this issue by enabling non-technical users to have input into tailoring the AR/VR software. 

In addition, this project will gain a thorough understanding of the ethical issues in using AR/VR and methodically map the benefits and drawbacks of using and integrating AR/VR for teacher education within established degree programs. Ethical issues will be investigated theoretically by thoroughly reviewing the existing literature and relevant legislation. Finally, since much of the work for the project is technical in nature, it is expected that significant new knowledge will be generated for the field of AR/VR and linked to these computer science and human computer interaction. 

Main duties of the position

The fellowship will be for a period of three years, or alternatively, four years including 25% compulsory work (teaching and supervision activities or research administrative work). The decision on whether a 3 or a 4-year position is suitable will be discussed as part of the interview process. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty to obtain the degree PhD. 

Qualification requirements

Admission to the doctoral program Innovation for Sustainability at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design at OsloMet, within 3 months after employment in the position, is a prerequisite for joining the position. To be admitted to the PhD program, the applicant must have a B or better at the master's degree and C or better at the bachelor's degree. Candidates who already hold a PhD in the same or similar field may not apply.The final plan for research work must be approved and agreed upon no later than 3 months after joining the department. Applicants who already hold a PhD, in the same or related field, cannot apply. General criteria for appointments to academic positions are covered by the Forskrift om ansettelsesvilkår for stillinger som postdoktor, stipendiat, vitenskapelig assistent og spesialistkandidat.

The following will be considered an advantage

We are looking for applicants who have:

Personal suitability will be emphasised. It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess the applications. You must upload the following documents with the application within the final date for applications: 

Applicants from countries where English is not the first language must present an official language test report. The following tests qualify as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, 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 is accepted).The following applicants are exempt from the above-mentioned language requirements:

We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The final project plan will be made in collaboration with the assigned supervisor when applying for admission to the doctoral programme.  

We can offer you

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway.

Other information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. State salary NOK 532 200 per year.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.A background check may be conducted to verify information in submitted CVs and available documents. Background checks are not conducted without the consent of the applicant and relevant applicants will receive further information about this.OsloMet has adhered to the principles in the DORA declaration and obliged the institution to follow the recommendations in this declaration.If you would like to apply for the position, you must do so electronically through our recruitment system.

Deadline for application: 30.11.2023Ref.: 23/07019

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson 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. Visit OsloMet at LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram