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PhD Research Fellows in Experimental Studies of Complex Human Behaviour

Fakultet for helsefag (HF), Institutt for atferdsvitenskap

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) is Norway’s largest state University College, with approximately 17000 students and 2000 employees. We conduct research in areas that are important for welfare and value creation, for instance health, education, social sciences, technology and design. HiOA has an academic stimulating environment with a variety of welfare schemes.
Our goal is to become a leading university in the Nordics within the field of applied sciences.

The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of seven departments and offers study programmes on all levels, including PhD. The faculty has about 6000 students and nearly 600 members of staff.

Institutt for atferdsvitenskap holder hovedsakelig til på studiested Kjeller og har om lag 40 ansatte og 750 studenter tilknyttet instituttets virksomhet. Instituttet har også aktiviteter i Wergelandsveien 27 (Oslo) og ved studiested Sandvika.

The Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Behavioural Sciences has two vacant research fellow positions under the PhD programme in behaviour analysis. The research fellowship period is three or four years, without or with a 25% teaching obligation.

The PhD programme in behaviour analysis qualifies candidates for research at a high level and for positions in the university and university college sector. The programme also qualifies candidates to conduct applied and clinical work. Behaviour analysis as a research discipline is characterised by linking of conceptual, experimental and applied research. Members of the academic staff affiliated to the programme possess, and continue to develop, teaching and research collaborations with recognised academic environments and educational institutions in Norway and abroad.

Research Fellows Positions

Position 1: Transfer of Function (Project 1)
The more general questions asked in this research project are related to differences between functional and equivalence classes. Furthermore, on the importance of transfer or transformation of functions. Stimulus equivalence classes, functional stimulus classes, functional equivalence classes, and contingency classes have frequently been used in the literature. While many experiments have studied the formation of classes based on reflexivity, symmetry, and transitivity, far fewer experiments have studied the formation of functional equivalence classes based on partitioning.

Position 2: Attending Behaviour (Project 2)
Eye-tracking data has been used as additional data in research on stimulus control and conditional discrimination procedures. Furthermore, studies have explored the differential outcomes in eye-movement topographies, using head-mounted eye-tracking equipment. The purpose of this project is to increase the knowledge of complex human behavioral repertoires in studying attending behavior. To do this, we employ matching-to-sample procedures set up to generate responding referred to as stimulus equivalence. This type of research is to be considered as basic research meant only to increase the scientific understanding of human behavior. However, we also believe that the current has the potential to make a great impact in several applied fields.

Qualification Requirements

  • Master degree (120 ECTS) or corresponding qualification:
    - Bachelor degree grade of C or higher
    - Master degree grade of B or higher on the course content
    - Master thesis grade of B or higher
  • Education taken abroad must be recognized in advance and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition must be enclosed 
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Documented behaviour analysis qualifications corresponding to Master's degree/second degree level
  • Recognized publications will be an advantage 

Desirable Qualities

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Goal and solution-oriented
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

We offer

  • Opportunity to contribute to research and development at the Department of Behavioural Science
  • Opportunity to collaborate with International Research Network and productive researchers
  • A dynamic working environment with challenging tasks in an area of substantial development
  • Flexible working hours and good employee welfare arrangements
  • Benefits such as flexible hours and various welfare schemes
  • Good loan and pension arrangements from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 

Read more about living and working in Oslo and international career at HiOA  

The salary for the PhD Research Fellow, position code 1017, is pay grade 50–54 on the pay scale for state employees, currently NOK 429,700–458,800. 


The application letter shall include the applicant’s motivation for applying to this fellowship as well as a short overview of the qualifications, technical skills, experience, and personal skills that make you an attractive candidate for a successful and productive completion of this work. All application documents submitted should be in English.

In addition to the online application, you must upload the following documents:

  • CV and copies of diplomas/certificates including all grades in ECTS-scala (A-F) and in English.
  • Master's degree or a second degree under the pre-2003 system
  • Copy of MSc thesis and any other papers or publications you wish to be considered, including a full list of any publications you may have. Scientific publications are not required of a PhD candidate, however, any publications will be an advantage
  • Names and contact details of 2–3 references (name, relation to candidate, email, and telephone number   
  • Application form for the Ph.D. programme in behaviour analysis

 Admission to the Ph.D. programme in behaviour analysis is a requirement for accede to the position.

Further Information

  • For more information about the positions, contact Professor Erik Arntzen, Ph.D., email: or
  • For more information about the doctoral program, contact:
  • For administrative types of questions, contact:

We use an electronic recruitment system. If you wish to apply for one of the positions, register your application and CV by clicking the button and tick which of the positions you wish to apply for.

Applications that do not satisfy all the requirements listed for the application will be rejected.

The university college staff shall as far as possible reflect the diversity of the population as a whole. We therefore encourage qualified applicants from immigrant backgrounds or with functional impairments to apply. The university college is an Inclusive Workplace (IW) enterprise, and enquiries about possibilities for adaptation can be addressed to the contact person named in this advertisement.  



Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment as soon as possible
Salary ltr. 50-54
Employment expires  
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 16/03338
  • Erik Arntzen/Professor, +47 90128261
Published 04.May.2016
Last application date 09.Jun.2016 11:59 PM CET

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