Psychiatrists job openings at the University Hospital in Stavanger

There is a unique job offer for psychiatry specialists that appeared on the medical market lately.

The University Hospital in Stavanger, Norway, has been known for its great conditions and excellent results for years. This well-managed health care provider cares for its doctors and patients, offering a comforting and friendly environment. With its 7 500 employees, it is one of the biggest hospitals in Norway. Apart from the main location, it also runs a few local centres, providing 330 000 patients with health care services. The yearly budget of the hospital is 5 milliards NOK. As a research centre, the hospital implements both commercial projects and cooperates with Stavanger Health Research (Stavanger Helseforskning) and Hjertelaget Research Foundation.

A doctor in Norway works 40 hours per week and every five years is eligible for a 4-month paid sabbatical. The cost of any training courses and conferences are covered by the employer. As a university hospital, the hospital in Stavanger also offers research opportunities.

Psychiatrists in Norway are able to both gain and expand professional experience. The hospital provides health care services for approximately 10 000 patients yearly: children and adolescents, adults, elderly and psychiatric patients. Regardless of the diagnosis – anxiety, depression, eating disorders psychosis or any other disorders – the hospital values modern treatment methods as well as treating patients at the early stage.

The Norwegian salaries are among the highest in Europe. The average psychiatrist gross salary in Norway is 1.841.941 NOK (over 180 000 euro) or an equivalent hourly rate of 886 NOK (87 euro). In addition, they earn an average bonus of 76.441 NOK (7 500 euro). A senior level psychiatrist (8+ years of experience) earns an of 2.366.661 NOK annually (ca. 19,400 euros gross per month). In this case, to say that a doctor is a millionaire is not an overstatement – it is a reality. On top of that, psychiatry doctors are lucky to enjoy the benefits of an attractive retirement plan.

To relocate to a new country is never easy. That is why Stavanger’s hospital, searching for child and adolescent psychiatrists (including last-year resident doctors), has chosen a unique recruitment path. The recruitment services are delivered by the recruitment company Paragona (, which has years of experience in international recruitment of healthcare professionals. Paragona has led over 1 200 doctor families through the advanced and protective recruitment process.

What does the recruitment process look like? If both parties say „yes” after the job interview, the doctor signs a conditional contract of employment with a necessary condition to take part and graduate Paragona’s preparatory training. The company offers a language and adaptation course before the relocation to Norway. A Norwegian language course takes 3 months and is conducted mostly on-line with one month’s residential course at the language campus located close to Warsaw. The course also includes elements of cultural and professional adaptation (training in medical law). During the language training, the doctor is supported in relocation process, including a search of the flat as well as schooling for children. The course is free of charge. During the language training all participants receive a scholarship to support their families. Each doctor receives extensive support based on their particular needs. Paragona offers a language course with individual supervision, helps with applying for a licence to practise, looks for a school for your kid, a flat or a house and even supports you with relocating your beloved family pets.

Let’s have a closer look at the doctors’ future workplace. Stavanger is Norway’s most cosmopolitan city. The world’s leading oil companies have their offices there to supervise their petroleum extraction in the North Sea. Statements about Norway’s harsh climate do not really apply to Stavanger, as it has a rather mild or, to be precise, warm temperate maritime climate.

Norway is exceptional in many ways. It is one of the world’s wealthiest and also happiest countries. For many years, it has reached top positions of the UN’s World Happiness Report, which collects data from nearly 100 countries. Norway has come first in the rankings of the best places to live, for instance in the United Nations‘ Human Development Index. It has one of the longest life expectancies: 80,6 years for men and 84,2 for women. According to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Norway has one of the world’s highest per capita incomes.

Norway has an extended public sector and thus, relatively high taxes. On the other hand, health care, social services and education are financed from public funds. 32,9% of the Norwegians hold a higher education degree. Norway is known for its effective equality policy.

On top of all this, you cannot forget about the stunning nature and Norwegian friluftsliv tradition, living close to nature. You can confidently say that Norway is one of the world’s best places to live.

Maybe it’s time to check it out?

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