Faculty of Social Sciences
Career Development Programme

Career Development Programme for Early Career Researchers

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites postdoctoral fellows and PhD candidates to take part in our career development programme for early career researchers.

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The career development programme is to provide relevant and useful information that will strengthen your qualifications when applying for permanent academic positions in Norway or elsewhere. If you participated at some of the earlier sessions, you are still qualified to attend again. More information will follow ahead of each meeting.

The career development programme in 2022-2023 includes six meetings. The program is being updated.

Seminar 1: Clarity and impact in communication (13 September 2022, 12-15)

This seminar, organized by SpeakLab, will offer training in tools and techniques that strengthen clarity and impact in communication.

By offering training in theory, individual, and group practice, participants will get tips and advices that work immediately, as well as learn techniques that require more training to achieve full effect.

Presenting is about skills, and skills are trainable. Anyone can become a good presenter. This course combines knowledge and experience from journalism, voice research, movement theory and top-level sports. The goal is for you to be at your best in front of an audience. This introduction course will put you on the track.  Main topics will be:

  • How to structure your presentation
  • How to become EKTE (Norwegian for real or genuine)
  • How to use your voice and body language


The course frequently switches between theory and practice. The exercises will be without use of visual effects (such as Power Point). You will get feedback and recommendations that you will see work immediately.


Siri Lill Mannes is a journalist, has directed TV2's main broadcasts for 11 years and is now the host of meetings and conferences in Norway and abroad.
Arne Møller is a physiotherapist with a special education in voice use and has Norway's highest coaching education from Olympiatoppen.

Together, they have developed a unique and systematic training program for how to become better in presentation.

Seminar 2: Project funding (11 October 2022, 12-15)

The topic of this meeting is how to write a successful grant application to sources of external funding. How can you plan the process of applying for funds and what is the evaluation committee typically looking for when reading your project proposal?


Dragana Kovacevic Bielicki, Faculty of Social Sciences

Martina Vukasovic, Department of Government

Christine M. Jacobsen, Department of Social Anthropology

Seminar 3: Teaching portfolios (9 November 2022, 12-15)

Teaching portfolios are required when applying for many academic positions, including tenured positions at the UiB. A portfolio should describe your teaching activities, motivation and how you have evolved as a teacher, seen relative to students’ learning opportunities. 

By participating in this short workshop, we hope to inspire you to think about quality in teaching and learning from early on in your career. We also hope that you will be motivated to plan and even to start writing your own teaching portfolio. 

Intended learning outcomes for the seminar: 

The participant should 

Have knowledge about when a teaching portfolio is required, what it should contain, and where to find information about good learning practices at the UoB. 
Be able to reflect on your own motivation and your role as a teacher with respect to students’ learning opportunities. 


Astrid Gynnild, Department of Information Science and Media Studies

Frode Meland, Department of Economics 



1200-1230: Lu​nch and short presentations 

1230-1305: Introduction: Workshop as a learning arena, 10 min (Astrid), Teaching portfolios 25 min (Frode).  Agreeing on exercises 

1305-1405: Exercises (Individual/in groups) 

1405-1430: Plenary sharing and discussions 

1430-1440: Further exercises (individual/in groups) 

1440-1500: Wrapping up: Plenary discussion and what next? 


Seminar 4: Academic writing and publication strategies (24 January 2023 (tentative date))

The topic of this meeting is how we can become even better in publishing our work. What is your publication strategy and what are the editors looking for?


Lise Rakner, Department of Government

Kristine Jørgensen, Department of Information Science and Media Studies


Seminar 5: Innovation and Impact workshop (15th March 2023)

This seminar and workshop, organized by Vestlandets Innovasjonsselskap (VIS), will offer training on how to use a tool for   planning outcomes, impact, and innovation potential of your research.

By offering introduction to a practical framework for discussing interest of research, participants will learn how to turn the research process around, to identify and finding collaborative partners for “best practice” of impact and innovation. The immediate learning from tools, techniques and advice will inspire you to move into challenge-based research and innovation, followed by, hopefully, more success with external funding.

Intended learning outcomes for the workshop:

The participants have knowledge about how to identify a vision of long-term effects from different theme of challenge-based research and identify and find partners for “best practice of impact”.  

The learning outcomes will give increased awareness on how to collaborate with external partners in the perspective of innovation and social benefits.

Speakers and facilitators:

Kari Øritsland is a senior business developer, and she has been working with challenge-based innovation in VIS for 6 years. Previously she ran a design & marketing company, creating and strengthen strategic brands for industry clients, working both nationally and internationally.

Dag Finne is a senior innovation project leader with 15 years’ experience from different roles in VIS. He is very skilled and trained for strategic projects, consortium building and challenge-based research with his background as an engineer.

Tone Skår is a senior innovation project leader. She is now working as a cluster-leader building the Norwegian Smart Care Cluster in our region. Her engagement of involving industrial partners in research and innovation projects, is well known in the health-sector. Design Thinking is one of her skills, empowered by patient and public involvement.

Seminar 6: Rhetoric and public communication of research (Spring 2023)

On many occasions you have to give a short and concise oral presentation of your research and projects. How can we train to make sure that we provide the audience or a hiring committee with what they want? 

In this session we will practice doing presentations for the general public, so that we are able to make our research understandable for people outside academia.


Jens Elmelund Kjeldsen, Department of Information Science and Media Studies