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Research fellowship in professional qualification of nurses with an international degree/migration, education and health

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

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.

The Faculty of Health Sciences, the Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, has a vacancy for a research fellow in professional qualification of nurses with a nursing degree from countries outside the EU/EAA. The research fellow will be affiliated to the academic environment in migration, education and health. The nominal length of the research fellowship period is four years, and 25% of the position will be teaching and supervision activity in the programme. The starting date will ideally be in June 2021 and will be agreed in more detail with the applicant.

The department offers a one-year full-time study programme for persons with backgrounds as refugees or foreign workers who hold a residence permit and who have taken nursing education in a country outside the EU/EEA. The programme's target group is persons whose application for Norwegian authorisation from the Norwegian Directorate of Health has been rejected, and who have been informed that they must take complementary education for nurses as part of a qualification measure to be granted Norwegian authorisation.

The research fellow position is affiliated to the complementary part-time study programme to be established in August 2021, which will be decentralised, session-based and mainly digital. You will find more information about the ordinary complementary programme (SKOMP) here.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has two PhD programmes, and this research fellowship is affiliated to the Ph.D. programme in health science.


Work area

The research fellowship will contribute to exploring the development of the decentralised SKOMP programme to meet society's changing demands, as well as programmes which take account of the demand for flexible education programmes that are available off campus. This means facilitating a relevant education programme within the ordinary education system, aimed at qualifying adults for the employment market and offering active professionals a chance to update and apply relevant competence.

The past years have seen an increasing focus on the development and application of professional competence among highly educated people with immigrant backgrounds. This has among other things led to the establishment of complementary education programmes at OsloMet, offered since 2017. Due to high demand, particularly for health services programmes, OsloMet is now developing a new decentralised complementary education programme for nurses from countries outside the EU and EAA. The aim is to establish a programme where the target group lives, thus addressing the need for competence development in the rural areas of Norway.

This is an open position in educational quality and health services, and we are looking for a highly motivated and innovative candidate who is capable of suggesting their own research project in the field.

The project will contribute to development and improvement of the research field education, migration and health.

The focus of the PhD project should be related to the decentralised, complementary education programme and its target group and must include a qualitative design.

Suggestions for relevant research topics for the project:

The project description requirements are described below.


Qualification requirements

We are looking for candidates who have



Admission to the PhD Programme in Health Sciences is a precondition for taking up the position. In order to be admitted to the PhD programmes at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the applicant must have achieved grade B or better on the master’s degree/second degree thesis and an average grade equivalent to a B or better on the master’s degree thesis. In special cases, applicants with the grade C can be considered for admission. See the information regarding criteria here. When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on the submitted project description.

In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:


Desirable qualifications


Desired skills

As a research fellow, it is imperative that you are independent and have the ability to work on the project over a long period of time and meet deadlines. As regards personal qualities, you should be innovative and creative and at the same time be able to comply with rules and regulations. You must also be able to cooperate well with your supervisor, other research fellows and researchers in the academic environment to carry out the PhD project and to maintain and build a good working and research environment. As with any research project, it is important that you have good communication skills so that you can present the results of the project.

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 adapt the workplace if 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.


We offer you

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway.

The salary for the position is in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for state employees and OsloMet’s pay policy for position code 1017, research fellow, pay grade 54, i.e. NOK. 482,200.


Expert assessment and application process

Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee, all applications will be reviewed by the faculty, and applications from applicants who are not qualified will not be forwarded for assessment. Please upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button "apply for this job". We only consider applications submitted through our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be considered. The documents must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Translations must be government authorised, and you may be asked to present originals if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet checks documents in order to give candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact Sofie Rabo Carlsen via email at


More information

For more information about the position, please contact:

Final date for applications: 28th of February 2021
Ref: 21/00832

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.