University of Bergen (UiB)  - Associate Professor in Health Promotion

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Associate Professor in Health Promotion

There is a vacancy for a full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in Health Promotion at the Department of Health Promotion and Development, in the Faculty of Psychology.

The Department of Health Promotion and Development at the Faculty of Psychology, performs research and offers master’s programmes within health promotion, child welfare and global development. The Department enjoys close collaboration with researchers from other faculties and is a leading international academic institution within health promotion research.

The Faculty of Psychology offers professional study programmes for psychologists, is responsible for university tuition in pedagogy for the UoB's own staff, contributes to the pedagogical content of teacher training and offers academic degrees within a wide range of studies: child welfare, health promotion, pedagogics, special education, teacher training, psychology, work and organisational psychology, and speech and language therapy. The faculty's main areas of research focus are connected with health, education, development-related research and basic research in its broadest sense.

Work tasks/research field:

The successful applicant will have her/his workplace at the Department of Health Promotion and Developmentwith duties mainly linked to tuition and research tasks, with special emphasis on global development and health promotion work.

A job description specifying the specialist field and areas of work and responsibility, special duties and other conditions and other important qualities considered for this appointment is presented later in this announcement. The successful applicant must follow the guidelines that apply to the position at all times, and she/he is expected to be part of one of the research groups at the Department/Faculty.

Qualifications and personal qualities: 

  • The applicant must have a doctorate in the interdisciplinary study programme of health promotion or one of the more closely related disciplines (such as, psychology, sociology, political science, social science, and health sciences)
  • The applicant must have experience of global and development-related research. The applicant must be an expert in quantitative methods and statistics. It is an advantage if the applicant has previous experience of using registry data and/or global data bases, and complements the expertise of the existing staff in terms of the geographical regions of  research interest.
  • The teaching language will normally be English in the way the tuition is organised at present, but it is a criterion that the successful candidate must be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within two years of being appointed.
  • Basic education in pedagogics is a requirement for the position, but the successful applicant will be offered training if this requirement is not met prior to employment and must be able to document that the education has been completed within one year following the date of the appointment
  • Personal qualities that are deemed necessary will be given special emphasis.

We can offer: 

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 60-68 (code 1011/Pay range 24, alternative 4-8) in the state salary scale, dependant on seniority and qualifications. This currently amounts to an annual salary of 512,700 - 598,200 NOK before taxes. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well-qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • An inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include: 

  • CV
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • References
  • Complete list of publications
  • List of appendices that document your pedagogical qualifications
  • List of academic work that the applicant believes should be taken into consideration in the assessment, including information about where this work was published
  • Academic work that you believe should be considered in the assessment of your application (maximum 10)

The application and any attachments along with certified translations in English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded to JobbNorge.

Please note that applications, along with the information and attachments linked to the application in JobbNorge, will be evaluated after the closing date for applications. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all the necessary information has been submitted by the closing date for applications.

It is particularly important that each of the scientific attachments that are to be taken into account in the assessment is uploaded in full as an attachment to the application as per the last bullet point above.

Candidates must bear in mind that the appointment process will include interviews and trial lectures.
Closing date for applications: 29/10/2017

Mark the application: 17/10621

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Head of Department Elisabeth Fosse

e-mail:, tel: +47 55 58 27 58/930 47 742

Deputy Head of Department Ragnhild Hollekim

e-mail: Tel: + 47 55 58 31 32

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met. Further information about the appointment process can be found here

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The Department of Health Promotion and Development (previously known as the HEMIL Centre) was established in 2010 and is part of the Faculty of Psychology. The Department carries out research and provides a study programme within health promotion, child welfare, and global development, the latter specialising in health promotion and gender in global development. The Department enjoys close collaboration with researchers from other faculties and is a leading international academic institution within health promotion research.

The successful applicant must highlight his/her knowledge of public health and health promotion. Health promotion is an interdisciplinary field where the primary focus is targeted on the social and individual conditions which promote good health in the population. The most important social determinants for health are economical, environmental, political, social and cultural conditions, while the individual oriented determinants are associated with motivation, skills and behavioural conditions. Research in health promotion builds on the principle of ethical values and population participation in order to develop health promotion policies and practices. If the applicant has any previous experience of health promotion research, this will be weighted positively.

Health promotion is a field with a great international spread, and the Department of health Promotion and Developmenthas a wide international contact network within research and tuition. It is desirable that the successful candidate will contribute to such networks.

The Department has three research groups:

BLI (Child welfare, equality and social inclusion) was established in 2013 and is an interdisciplinary research group. BLI contributes to scientific knowledge of the thematic area of child welfare, gender equality and inclusion, both through its own research and in collaboration with other national and international research environments. An overall aim is to highlight socio-cultural living conditions and room to manoeuvre as well as processes of inclusion and exclusion in different social groups. The Group  has a particular focus on the Norwegian and Nordic contexts.

The SIPA (Social Influence Processes on Adolescent health) research group is an interdisciplinary research group that over the past twenty-five years has developed competence in applying and developing theories and methods of social and developmental psychology in the research area of child and adolescent health. The SIPA group aims at developing new knowledge about how social processes influence the development of subjective health and health behaviours among adolescents.

The MC-Venues (Multicultural Venues in Health, Gender and Social Justice) research group focuses on development-related cross-cultural research, research on the development and health of vulnerable groups in the global South, gender development, and international health policy. The group includes perspectives from different disciplines and different thematic interests but has a common focus on challenges related to exchange of knowledge and discourses across cultural boundaries.

In consideration of the profile of the position it is expected that the successful applicant becomes part of the research group Multicultural Venues. It is, nevertheless, possible to have secondary affiliation to other research groups at the Faculty of Psychology.

The Department has three 2-year master's programmes that qualify students for research, teaching and practice: Master of Health Promotion, Master of Child Welfare and Master of Global Development Theory and Practice. The latter programme is in English and offers specialisations in Health Promotion and Gender in Global Development. The successful candidate will first and foremost be affiliated to the programme of Global Development Theory and Practice, but it might also be necessary to teach in the other master programmes at the Department. Reference is made to the general University regulations that stipulate that, as part of the normal duties of the position and within his/her academic field, the successful applicant may also be required to teach, supervise and carry out examination related tasks outside the organisational unit to which the position belongs.

The University Board    emphasises that pedagogical qualifications must be given real weight for appointments of academic middle and top scientific positions. Applicants must document their own pedagogical qualifications. This can be done by submission of: 

  • proof of completed pedagogical training
  • evaluation reports from the applicant's teaching
  • overview of teaching scope and level
  • overview of post-graduate and doctoral candidate supervision and results
  • student awards received
  • own pedagogical/teaching publications
  • own teaching compendia and teaching materials
  • reports showing participation in projects related to the development of teaching, such as alternative teaching methods, supervision or learning environments

Søknadsfrist: 29.10.2017

Kontakt: Head of Department Elisabeth Fosse

Kontakt 2: Deputy Head of Department Ragnhild Hollekim