Applications are invited for a position in a Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate in Neurodevelopmental Disorders to be based at the The department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo.
Job descriptionThe vacant position is embedded within the Effective Stuttering Treatmentproject (EST-project) financed by the Research Council of Norway. EST is a subproject in the research group Child Language and Learning. See http://www.uv.uio.no/english/research/groups/ for information about the research group.
Brief summary of the EST-projectThere is currently a critical need for research to inform clinical practice guidelines in Norway and at an international level for management of preschool children who stutter. The aim of the EST-project is therefore to investigate and implement the most efficacious stuttering management option for preschool children. A meta-analysis will be conducted to identify the most efficacious direct and indirect treatment for preschool children who stutter.This knowledge will inform the experimental groups for a randomized controlled trial (RCT). A waiting list control group will also be included in this trial. Outcomes from this RCT will be implemented within a municipality of Norway targeting early childhood professionals (health nurses, preschool teachers, educational psychologists and speech language pathologists). The PhD Research Fellow Position The successful applicant will conduct their research as part of the EST–project in collaboration with the EST-project team. He/she will be responsible for:
- Conducting a meta-analysis protocol and the final report/paper on stuttering management options within the Campbell Collaboration framework (main responsible).
- Participating in designing and running the EST-intervention (co-responsible).
- Development of Guidelines (co-responsible)
- Publication of project results in international peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences (co-responsible)
Qualification requirementsApplicants must have strong analytical abilities and an eagerness to explore and learn. Clinical and/or theoretical experience with stuttering assessment and/or treatment is preferred. Applicants must also satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD program. This includes:
- Completion of a Master degree by the time of employment with a minimum grade B or equivalent (ECTS grading scale) in speech and language therapy or another relevant field (e.g., special needs education or psychology) or a similar higher education program (normally equivalent to two years /ECTS 120 credits), including a Master thesis or equivalent scientific records.
- The applicant’s academic aptitude for completing a PhD.
- The scientific quality of a a 5 page document reviewing the key points of the following papers (a narrative review): O’Brian, S., Iverach, L., Jones, M., Onslow, M., Packman, A., & Menzies, R. (2013). Effectiveness of the Lidcombe Program for early stuttering in Australian community clinics. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(6), 593-603. doi: 10.3109/17549507.2013.783112. de Sonneville-Koedoot, C., Stolk, E., Rietveld, T., & Franken, M.-C. (2015). Direct versus Indirect Treatment for Preschool Children who Stutter: The RESTART Randomized Trial. Plos, 10(7), e0133758. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133758.
- Salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
- Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
- A positive and stimulating working environment
How to applyThe application must include:
- cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
- A 5 page narrative review (see above)
- Completed application form for admission to the doctoral degree program
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
- Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
- In the event of diplomas from other countries: a copy of the handbook or an equivalent document that describes the content and framework of the course completed must be provided
- Master’s thesis and any other academic work that is of relevance to the application
- List of reference persons: 1-2 references with contact information (e.g., Master thesis supervisor).