Social Influence Processes on Adolescent Health

PhD scholarship with the SIPA group

The faculty has announced six new PhD scholarships, and one of them is with the SIPA-group. Deadline for application is January 31.

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The University of Bergen (UiB) is situated in the centre of the city of Bergen. The university has about 14,300 students and about 3,300 faculty and staff members. The UiB is known for its high European research standard and houses a number of centres of excellence. We have a strong international profile and cooperate closely with other universities all over the world.

Research fellow in health promotion

The Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology, offers a 4-year position for a research fellow (PhD position) within health promotion, twenty-five per cent of which shall be dedicated to mandatory tasks at the Department, including teaching.  The position is linked to the Research Group SIPA (Social Influence Processes on Adolescent health).

SIPA is an interdisciplinary group of 28 researchers (including 10 PhD students) that over the last twenty years has developed an active research environment for the study of social and developmental processes related to adolescent health. The group plays a major role in several large-scale national and international studies in this research area. The main activities are directed at studies in three areas: «lifestyles and health behaviours», «subjective health complaints» and «quality of life». The focus of the research is on studies focused on the normal population of adolescents.

The research fellow will work on the project “Promoting Adolescent Health Through an Intervention Aimed at Improving the Quality of their Participation in Physical Activity” (PAPA). This project is an international collaboration between major research groups representing five countries (eight universities). PAPA aims to develop a new method in health promotion, namely a community-based coach education program in youth soccer, aimed at promoting youths’ psychosocial development and the adoption of healthy lifestyles by young people. The research fellow will participate in the evaluation of the program, preferably based on a mixed methods design.

Applicants must have achieved a master’s degree in health promotion/public health, psychology, education, sports or similar disciplines, or have submitted their master thesis for assessment by the application deadline. It is a prerequisite, however, that the formal admission requirements for the PhD programme are met before an appointment can be made.

We are looking for excellent candidates with a strong background in health promotion or health psychology. Knowledge within the following areas is an advantage: i) motivational theories, ii) intervention research, iii) observational methods, as well as good skills in qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis, and in speaking and writing English.

The research fellow must take part in the University’s PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of the 4 year grant period. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project description for the PhD project and plan for the training module, will be worked out by the applicant in collaboration with the research group.

The fellowship period may be reduced if the successful applicant has held previous employment as a research fellow.

The languages of instruction at the department are Norwegian and English.

Starting salary is in grade 48 (code 1017/pay framework 20.8) in the Civil Service pay grade table; currently NOK 383,900 gross p.a.; following ordinary meriting regulation.

Please contact professor Bente Wold, phone +47 55 583223/+47 90532667 or email bente.wold@psyhp.uib.no for more information about the position, and a copy of the PAPA project description.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. We have therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Men in particular and persons of different ethnic backgrounds are thus encouraged to apply for the position. If, in the opinion of the evaluation committee, several applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions will be applied.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Hence, the evaluation committee’s report will be disclosed to all applicants, with all applicants identified. Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Send electronic application, CV, certificates and diplomas (bachelor and master) as well as a list of publications by following the information on this link:


The application should contain i) a brief statement of research interests and motivation, ii) a project description of 3-5 pages describing how the applicant will contribute to the project, and iii) the names and contact details of two referees.

Incomplete applications and applications sent by e-mail to random individuals at the department will not be considered.

Closing date for applications:  January 31, 2011.