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Postdoctoral Fellow in Educational Assessment and Measurement to be based at the Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO)

Applications are invited for a three-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Educational Assessment and Measurement to be based at the Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO), University of Oslo.

Job description
The appointment is a full time position and is made for a period of up to three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties). The position is attached to the research project “Educational assessments of the 21st century: Measuring and understanding students’ adaptability in complex problem solving situations (ADAPT21)” that is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. 

The project is aimed at developing and validating an innovative computer-based assessment (CBA) of students’ ability to deal with novelty, changes, and uncertainty in complex problem-solving situations - an ability that is referred to as “adaptability” or “flexibility”. Given the rapid development of modern information and communication technology in our society, adaptability has become as important as never before, particularly in the domain of science. The project will generate new knowledge about students’ adaptability as a key skill in 21st century education and contribute to the area of educational assessment and measurement. Please find more information on the project here: We particularly welcome applications that are linked to the above mentioned goals and to the development of CBAs of 21st century skills.

Selected responsibilities:

  • Development of a computer-based assessment of students’ adaptability
  • Data analysis, documentation, and publication of results in international, peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences
  • Limited administrative responsibilities within the project and CEMO (e.g., coordination of data collection)
  • Work on these tasks in collaboration with the project group
  • The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements:

  • PhD in an area of relevance to education, educational measurement, educational technology, educational psychology, or related fields (the thesis must be submitted by the application deadline; an appointment is dependent on the defence of the doctoral thesis being approved)
  • Good knowledge of and interest in test development and educational measurement; preferably prior experience
  • Preferably interest and knowledge of computer-based assessments, problem solving, or educational technology
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a strong personal commitment
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required, and the willingness to learn Norwegian up to a basic level of understanding is desirable

How to apply
The application must include:

  • Cover letter including a brief outline of the motivation for the application
  • 2-3-page description of research plans (must contribute to the ADAPT21 project)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and other qualifying activities)
  • Copies of educational certificates (in higher education)
  • A list of publications

Incomplete applications will not be assessed

Deadline: August 16, 2017
Contact persons: Project leader, postdoctoral fellow Ronny Scherer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Interested parties can find full details in the document below.



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