PhD position in project on psychological effects of climate related visual art

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PhD position in project on psychological effects of climate related visual art
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Norwegian Uni
July 20, 2014


The Department of Psychology has an available PhD position for a period of 3 years in the research group for “consumption, environment and traffic”. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council project “CLIMART – Visual art as a tool to trigger behavioral change in the public – exploring the psychological mechanisms behind”. In this project the role of climate related visual art in communicating climate change will be analyzed in a high profile international and interdisciplinary project group including psychologists, artists, journalists, and environmental scientists. The project will build on a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods and also employ mobile eye-tracking and audio recording equipment. The position is connected to the PhD-program at the Faculty of Social Science and Technology Management and the Faculty will be your employer. The working place will be at the Department of Psychology.

The Department of Psychology is one of the largest departments at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and currently employs 110 employees. The Department is an international arena for research and education in Psychology covering a variety of disciplines such as Cognitive and Biological Psychology, Health and Organization Psychology, Personality, Developmental and Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Environmental Psychology and Historical Psychology.


The requirement for the position is a completed master’s degree in Psychology or cand. psychol. with good results, or education to equivalent level. Candidates with a master/major in related areas may apply if the motivation letter clearly shows a strong background in psychology and a potential for the project.

Personal qualifications will be ascribed high importance. Specific requirements are a profound theoretical background in environmental or communication psychology or related social sciences, experience in complex quantitative data analyses (e.g., structural equation modeling), and experience in empirical data collection.

Fluency in English both written and spoken is mandatory, willingness to travel to other countries for data collections will be necessary. It will further be evaluated positive if the applicant has experience with or a strong interest in visual art and has experience with scientific writing. Residence in Trondheim is mandatory.

In the assessment of the candidates the following qualifications will be emphasized:

  • Grades from the master’s degree/cand. psychol.
  • The degree to which the motivation letter shows the potential of the candidate to work in a project at the overlap of psychology, art, environmental communication and environmental science.
  • Relevant research experience such as publications and participation in research projects.
  • Personal skills will be emphasized, and we prefer candidates who have the ability to carry out flexibility and excellent cooperation skills.
  • Recommendations/references.

Payment- and working conditions

The PhD position is paid according to salary level 50 in the National Salary Scheme, gross NOK 35.066,70 pr. month, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Employment will be activated in accordance to existing NTNUs regulations of 17.06.2009, The applicants must commit to join organized PhD-studies within the employment period.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks.

It is essential that the successful candidate is present and available at the Department of Psychology.

A good work environment is characterized by a diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, disabilities or cultural background.

The application

Employment in a PhD position requires admission to the PhD-program in Psychology. If the applicant is not admitted to the PhD-program or has applied for it, an application for such admission must be submitted as soon as the candidate is short listed for the position. More information about admission to the PhD program is available at: Application forms for admission to the PhD program are available at:

Application should within deadline include:

  • An extended motivation letter (up to three pages) showing the candidate’s motivation, specific background and potential for the position.
  • CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas
  • Publications and other relevant scientific work.

Collaborative work will be taken into account. If it is difficult to identify the applicants share in the collaborative work, a short statement of his/her part therein must be attached.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position and the project (including a project summary) is available by contacting Professor Christian Klöckner, phone +47 73591977, e-mail

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through this website ( Please mark the application SVT-1162.

Application deadline: 20.07.14.