1-3 Assistant Professor(s) in Development Studies

Deadline: 19.06.2024

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 students, making us one of Southern Norway's largest workplaces. Our dedicated staff engage in research, teaching and dissemination across a diverse range of fields.

The university is located on two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad.

About the position

One to three temporary 100% positions are available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Social sciences, as Assistant Professor (universitetslektor) in Development Studies. The positions are at the Department of Global Development and Planning, Campus Kristiansand. The duration of the positions are 6 months with possibility of extension up to one year. The position(s) will cover temporary teaching needs in Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 due to leave among the permanent staff. 

The starting date is to be negotiated. 

The Faculty of Social Sciences has four departments, the Department of Global Development and Planning, the Department of Information Systems, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology and Social Work.

The Department of Global Development and Planning offers a BA in Planning and Communication, BA in Global Development Studies, and an MA in Global Development, Crisis and Change, and an MA in Planning, Place and Process. We also have a PhD program in Global Development and Planning (hosted at the Faculty of Social Sciences) and an active research environment, divided into research groups.


The department is looking for an assistant professor in development studies who will primarily contribute to the department’s teaching, offering critical perspectives on past and current development debates, including topics like development theory and practice; culture and development; environment and development; political ecology; and power, inclusion and exclusion in the context of development.

The positions will also require student supervision, coordinating of courses and support of student fieldwork in topics related to development studies at the bachelor and master level.

Required qualifications

The criteria of employment are pursuant to the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts. 

  • Master’s degree in Development studies, or closely-related social science fields with a demonstrated interest in development issues. 
  • Experience in teaching (including course coordination) on relevant topics
  • Experience in supervising student projects on relevant topics
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral

The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian. The required teaching for this position will be in English, delivered to both Norwegian and international students.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience in study program coordination 
  • Formal pedagogical training
  • Experience in supporting student fieldwork (field-based student projects, organizing field trips, field courses, etc.)
  • Experience working across cultures and disciplines 

Candidates working towards a PhD, or with a recently finished PhD, are especially encouraged to apply.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to adapt to changing needs and requirements, including diverse teaching themes.
  • Good contact and communication with colleagues and students, including good understanding of and experience managing cultural and personal differences.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised. 

We offer

  • a variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation 
  • a position with opportunities for development in a diverse environment 
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1009 Assistant Professor NOK 680 000 – 710 000 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions. 

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. 

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their teaching competency, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With permission from the applicant the university also will conduct a reference check before appointment. The final recommendation will be an overall assessment based on the expert assessment, the trial lecture, the interview(s) and references. Read more about the employment process

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for this job”. 

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically: 

  • CV 
  • Diplomas and certificates 
  • Documentation of educational competence and previous teaching experience (provide course topics and clarify responsibilities)
  • List of publications
  • Selected recent academic publications (no more than 3)

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. 

Closing date: 19.06.2024


For questions about the position:

  • Head of department Morgan Scoville-Simonds, tel. +47 38 14 17 29, email morganss@uia.no 

For questions about the application process:

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