PhD Candidate in Mental Healthcare Provision job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU


About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The Department of Public Health and Nursing has a temporary position available as a PhD candidate in health services research. The project, titled “Sustainable Local Mental Health Care” is an interdisciplinary collaborative project with participants from NTNU, St. Olav’s University Hospital, and various national and international partners.

We aim to enhance our understanding of effective mental health treatments, particularly in the context of general practice in Norway. The successful candidate will contribute to investigating the aftermath for patients facing rejected specialist care referrals, examining potential impacts and the role of GPs in such scenarios.Utilizing innovative quantitative approaches, the candidate will play a key role in our team of researchers (including other PhD candidates), GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, user-representatives and decision-makers, with the overarching goal of improving mental healthcare delivery and resource optimization.

The aim of the PhD project is to provide evidence about management of adults with mental health problems at the intersect between municipal- and secondary healthcare. We will rely on rigorous quantitative methods applying novel analytical designs mirroring randomised experiments using observational data from relevant health and social security registries and databases.

The PhD candidate’s research project will be developed and completed in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of researches  (REGFORSK). The candidate will receive close supervision in collaboration with clinical, epidemiological, statistical, and econometric expertise.

Your immediate leader is Johan Håkon Bjørngaard.

Duties of the position

  • Conducting quantitative research using large-scale individual-level registry data
  • Performing instrumental variable, and multivariable regression analyses
  • Writing scientific manuscripts and publishing in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Presenting findings at national and international conferences
  • Participation in the PhD programme at NTNU

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in social sciences, statistics, econometrics, preferably with experience from research on health-related topics or health professional background at master level (medicine, psychology, and others) with particular experience in quantitative methods.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Solid competence in basic statistical methods
  • Knowledge about the healthcare sector in Norway (or countries with similar healthcare systems)
  • Knowledge about mental healthcare and how it is provided
  • Experience using STATA and/or R for statistical analyses
  • Skills in Norwegian or similar Scandinavian languages is an advantage, but not a requirement

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently
  • Good collaboration skills and values interdisciplinary environment
  • Thorough, structured, and responsible
  • Highly motivated for the position
  • Critical thinking skills

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. 

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Medicine and Health sciences within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding from the norwegian research council. 

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must be attached to the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you recently have submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Postdoctor Christina Edwards, email [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-Adviser Rebecca Hembre Storli, email [email protected] 

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 20.05.2024


NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

The Department of Public Health and Nursing (ISM) is responsible for research, teaching, innovation and dissemination in community medicine, nursing, primary health care and public health. The Department’s activities in both research and education focus on the needs of the primary health service.

ISM is one of eight departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and has about 360 employees in permanent and temporary positions. For more information on ISM, see:

Deadline 20th May 2024

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Temporary

Place of service Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim


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