The Faculty of Health Sciences has a vacancy for a research fellow in the field of health literacy. The position is affiliated to the research group Quality of Life and the PhD programme in Health Sciences. Start-up by agreement, but the start date should ideally be in autumn 2021. The nominal length of the research fellowship period is three years from the start date.
The authorities’ goal is to ensure equitable access to health services – the patient’s health services. To achieve this objective, the health services must accommodate and provide health communication adapted to patients and users with different levels of health literacy. Health literacy is about people’s skills, knowledge and motivation to access, understand, assess and use health information to make sensible decisions relating to their own health. It is about being able to determine whether one is in need of health services, know how to prevent illness and what health promotion measures will maintain or improve one's quality of life in a lifetime perspective.
Researchers at OsloMet, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and the University of Oslo have, in cooperation with the Norwegian Directorate of Health, obtained questionnaire survey data about the population’s health literacy. This study (HLS19) is part of an international collaboration in which the Faculty of Health Sciences leads the research conducted in Norway. The preliminary results have been published in the report Befolkningens helsekompetanse – del 1 (‘The Population’s Health Literacy – Part 1’ – in Norwegian only)
The report shows that a significant proportion of the Norwegian population has difficulties navigating the health services, for example finding out what the rights of users of health services are, understanding information about ongoing healthcare reforms, and understanding information about how the health services are organised and function. Part of the population has poor digital health literacy, which means that they have poor skills when it comes to using search tools, applying search strategies, critically assessing sources and choosing relevant digital health information. Their ability to use digital health services is also an issue.
The person appointed will primarily work on analysing questionnaire data about the health literacy of people with long-term conditions. These are persons who suffer from a condition or health problems that have lasted, or are expected to last, for at least six months. The position will place a particular emphasis on analysing this complex group’s digital skills and skills in navigating the health services. It will be possible to combine quantitative and qualitative research methods.
We are looking for candidates who have
Admission to the PhD Programme in Health Sciences is a precondition for taking up the position. In order to be admitted to the PhD programmes at the Faculty, the applicant must have achieved the grade B or better on their master’s degree/second degree thesis and an average grade equivalent to a B or better on their master’s degree thesis. In special cases, applicants with the grade C may be considered for admission. See further information about criteria here: https://ansatt.oslomet.no/opptak-phd-program-hv
In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on:
It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.
The salary for the position is in accordance with the Basic Collective Agreement for state employees and OsloMet’s pay policy for position code 1017 (research fellow), pay grade 54, i.e. an initial annual salary of NOK 482,200.
If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically via our electronic recruitment system – see ‘log in and apply’.
Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Before the application documents are forwarded to the expert committee, the applications will be reviewed by the faculty. Only qualified applicants will be considered for the position. Please upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:
All documents must be uploaded for your application to be considered. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be government authorised. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet checks documents in order to give candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information about the position, please contact:
Final date for applications: 23.05.21
|Title||PhD candidate in Health literacy among people with long-term conditions: digital skills and skills in navigating the health services|
|Employer||OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University|
|Job location||Pilestredet 46, 0130 Oslo|
|Published||April 19, 2021|
|Application deadline||May 23, 2021|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Health Science  |