Associate Professor of Leadership and Organization

Deadline: 15.03.2024

Kristiania University College

Kristiania University College offers study programs in management, organization, marketing, communication, computer science, information technology, health sciences, innovation and creative arts. Kristiania University College is Norway's largest independent comprehensive university college with its 18,000 students and a large education offering in Oslo, Bergen and online. Our mission is to strongly contribute to the country's social and economic development through problem-driven and applied knowledge development and dissemination, in close cooperation with society at large.

About School of Communication, Leadership, and Marketing

School of Communication, Leadership, and Marketing has its academic focus in the areas of communication, leadership and marketing. These are also the names of the school's three departments; Department of Communication, Department of Leadership and Organization and Department of Marketing.

The programmes are closely related to practice and provide students with a good insight into the working life that they will encounter after completing their studies. The school is characterized by good educators and a high level of satisfaction in student surveys. The school has active researchers and research groups and offers an interdisciplinary PhD programme in communication and management.

Department of Leadership and Organization

Department of Leadership and Organization consists of about 40 employees, and offers bachelor's degree programmes in HR, organizational psychology, technology and digitalization management, and master's programmes in leadership, strategic HR and organizational psychology for approximately 2000 students. We also offer several online studies and some executive courses.

The department is part of School of Communication, Leadership and Marketing, which also includes Department of Communication and Department of Marketing. The Department has an active research environment within leadership, organization, HR and working life. The school is an attractive workplace with a generous environment which encourages and is performance-enhancing.

About the position

We are seeking a new permanent staff member for a 100% position as Associate Professor in leadership and organization in Bergen.

The position includes travel activities between Oslo and Bergen.

Desired start in fall 2024 (or by agreement).


  • Actively carry out research and produce academic publications
  • Initiate, lead and participate in research projects, including contributions to external funding
  • Plan and deliver lectures at the bachelor, master and PhD levels
  • Function as academic advisor and exam work at all levels
  • Involvement in educational development work and the development of study programmes
  • Participate in the academic environment and research group(s) in the department

Lecturing at Kristiania University College requires the candidate to speak a Scandinavian language and to be able to lecture in English. An exception can be made if the candidate is motivated to develop the skills to conduct lectures in a Scandinavian language within three years.

The candidate must be prepared for organizational and work-related changes.

Applicants must be able to document the following:

  • Norwegian doctoral degree in the subject area concerned (rganizational psychology, sociology or another field within the social sciences within the Department’s area) or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality 
  • Documented competence in educational theory and practice relevant to higher education and the development of teaching and supervision

Applicants should document any pedagogical competences relevant to higher education and the development of skills in lecturing and student guidance. If the successful candidate does not satisfy the pedagogical requirements, he or she will have to complete the Kristiania University College’s course for pedagogical base competence (15 study points) within a two-year period after starting the position.

Each candidate will be evaluated according to the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts (No: Forskrift om ansettelse og opprykk i undervisningsog forskerstilling) pursuant to the Norwegian Universities and University Colleges Act (No: Universitets- og høyskoleloven).

Qualified applicants will be assessed by an expert committee.

If there are no applicants who are eligible for permanent appointment as Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis), an applicant may be added for a temporary period of up to three years if the expert committee finds that he or she has the prerequisites to obtain the necessary qualifications within that time. A new expert assessment will be carried out by the end of this period.

In addition, candidates will be evaluated based on whether they have

  • Research experience within the field of leadership and organization. Quality in academic work will be emphasized over quantity
  • Recent publications (from last five years) that document continuity in the research work
  • Experience in obtaining externally funded research projects
  • Experience from participation in research projects and experience with participation in national and international research network
  • Desire to participate in building an active research environment
  • Willingness to participate in and collaborate on research projects and study programmes at the department
  • Work experience from one or more institutions for higher education
  • Ambitions and plans for promotion
  • Good skills for oral and written dissemination (in a Scandinavian language, see Functions) and English

Personal qualities:

  • Ability to initiate and actively carry out and complete independent research projects
  • Good educational skills
  • Engaged in the field of work
  • Independent and reliable
  • Good cooperation skills

Emphasis is placed on personal suitability for the position.

We aim for our staff to reflect diversity in the population to the greatest extent possible. Therefore, Kristiania University College encourages all those who are qualified to apply.

We encourage applicants to send their application and necessary documentation regarding their education and practical work experience electronically, along with

  • Application text that clearly states motivation for the position and the applicant's educational platform
  • CV with full details of education, practice and other professional activities
  • List of scientific works and/or development projects. The documentation must contain a full overview of scientific activity or other activity of significance for the position. Send in a maximum of 15 scientific works/publications.
  • A plan for the candidate’s own research the next two years
  • Diplomas, certifications, references and testimonials, preferably by a link to the Norwegian diploma registry Vitnemålsportalen (www.vitnemalsportalen.no/english/) or a similar international portal

Qualified applicants must be prepared to hold a trial teaching session/lecture.

We offer:

  • To be part of an active research community combined for Oslo and Bergen
  • An exciting job in a dynamic professional environment in an organization with ambitions
  • A pleasant and stimulating working environment with good colleagues
  • Good opportunities for professional development
  • Good insurance and pension schemes
  • Modern premises in Oslo/Bergen city center
  • Salary in accordance with agreement

Application date: 15 March 2024

Only applications submitted via our application portal will be considered.

We use Semac background checks in our recruitment process.



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