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Professors / Associate Professors of Medicine (Medical Ethics)

Deadline: 26.03.2021

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health and Society

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Institute of Health and Society is one of three institutes at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. The Institute covers various disciplines and consists of six departments: General Practice, Health Sciences, Health Management and Health Economics, Medical Ethics, Community Medicine and Global Health and Nursing Science.


The Institute of Health and Society bases its work on a complex understanding of disease, health and health systems. Culture, environment, economics, society and biology play direct and indirect roles. Our teaching responsibilities include seven Master’s programs, one Bachelor program and part of the Faculty’s medical school and PhD-program. We employ about 220 FTE and have almost 700 Bachelor and Master students. Annual income is about 200 mill NOK, half of which is external funding. Our researchers play an active part of public policy and disseminate new knowledge through many channels.

Job description

The Institute of Health and Society (HELSAM) has 1-2 vacant positions as Professors or Associate Professors (depending on academic qualifications). HELSAM bases its work on a complex understanding of the interconnectedness of sickness, health and the health systems. Policy, culture, the environment, the society as well as biology interact. This complexity characterises the research, teaching and service at the Institute. Tenure is linked to the Institute, but the current faculty positions will be allocated to the Centre for Medical Ethics.

The Centre for Medical Ethics (CME) is a multidisciplinary department that consists of researchers with disciplinary backgrounds in medicine and the health professions, social sciences and the humanities. CME works in the areas of medical and health care ethics and scientific integrity through research, teaching and public engagement. We cover the whole spectrum from the concrete ethical dilemmas in clinical practice to biomedical research ethics, and also do research in foundational areas of theoretic medical ethics and medical philosophy.

The centre has three prioritised research areas: 1) foundational investigations in ethics and philosophy of medicine of relevance to medical ethics, 2) ethical issues in clinical medicine and health care, 3) biomedical research ethics and research integrity.

CME is responsible for teaching ethics in the medical, dentistry, and nutrition science undergraduate curricula, as well as in various master-level courses. The centre is also responsible for supervision of PhD students and for teaching research ethics, research integrity and philosophy of science at the Faculty of Medicine’s PhD courses, post doc programme and faculty development. CME has a national responsibility for strengthening and promoting ethical reflection and ethical competence in Norwegian health care services.

About the position

For each of the two positions 50% of the position will be reserved to standard tasks as associate professor/professor (primarily teaching and research, and some administration and dissemination). This will include teaching in ethics – in particular research ethics and integrity and philosophy of science at various levels at the Faculty of Medicine - and research primarily within research area 1 and 3 above. The other 50% will be reserved for externally funded research.

A separate description of the position has been prepared.

Qualification requirements

  • The required qualification for an associate professorship is a doctoral degree in the academic field concerned or equivalent expertise, and relevant research experience. Expertise within medical and health care ethics in general, and in at least one of the two following areas 1) philosophy of medicine and science, and 2) biomedical research ethics and research integrity, is essential. Degrees and experience in medicine, other health sciences, ethics, philosophy or other relevant fields, will be regarded as advantageous.
  • The required qualifications for professors follow the national norms for Norwegian medical faculties
  • High ambitions and quality of teaching, research and communications is expected
  • Good communication skills both written and oral in English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) are a prerequisite for performing all the tasks associated with the position. Applicants who are not competent in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish must acquire such competence within two years subsequent to their appointment, and must be competent in English in the interim period.

It will be emphasized that those who are appointed individually or together have strong competences across the areas of philosophy of medicine, philosophy of science, biomedical research ethics, and research integrity - in order to enable the delivery of high-quality teaching at relevant levels and research in these areas.

Successful grant applications in competitive R&D funds (EU-funds, the Research Council of Norway or similar), or other relevant experience showing an ability to raise external R&D funding in the relevant areas is required. It is expected that the position holders at all times have at least one externally funded R&D project at HELSAM.

The successful applicant will have a plan for development of her/his research, and for acquiring externally funded research projects. High quality of research, and publishing in peer-reviewed international journals is expected. The applicant is asked to describe his/her research profile, with respect to strategic plans and existing research at the department and institute, with particular emphasis on area 1 and 3 above.

Personal skills

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create an attractive research environment will be emphasised.

Active collaboration, also interdisciplinary and internationally is expected.

We offer

  • Salary from kr. 658 300 to kr. 792 700 (ltr. 71-79) depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • Salary from kr. 817 000 to kr. 1 019 400 (ltr. 80-88) depending on competencies, in the position of Professor (position code 1013)
  • Good pension schemes
  • Good welfare benefits
  • The Associate Professor will have the opportunity to apply for promotion to a position as Professor at a later date

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (motivation for the position and decription of own research, also in relation to existing research at the Centre for Medical Ethics)
  • CV (education, work experience, teaching experience and other relevante experiences)
  • Complete list of publications
  • References (list of 2-3 persons with name, title, email and phone number)

Application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system. Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

A screening committee will invite the most relevant candidates to submit up to 10 scientific articles for expert assessment. For this reason, scientific articles must not be uploaded with the application.

The basis for the assessment of the applicant will include the education and training, scientific production and quality, including the ability to raise external R&D funding, professional and academic experience, teaching experience and qualifications as well as the documented experience in administration and management. As part of the ranking of qualified applicants, the full scope of these qualifications will be explicitly assessed. Particular weight will be attached to qualifications that are central to the job description. Educational and scientific qualifications will carry more weight than other qualifications. Originality and innovation will be given priority before volume, and recent publications will be weighted higher than older ones.

The final review and recommendation of competent applicants will be prepared by an interview committee based on the recommendation of the assessment committee, interview of the applicants and reference interview. A trial lecture will normally be held.

The entire breadth of qualifications will be assessed in ranking competent applicants.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships at the University of Oslo, the Guide for Applicants and Members of the Assessment Committee and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

Applicants, who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic teaching competence, must acquire such competence in the course of a period of two years.

Applicants who are not competent in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish must acquire such competence within two years subsequent to their appointment, and must be competent in English in the interim period.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition and wishes to appoint more women to permanent academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contactinformation

  • Head of Centre Professor Reidar Pedersen: phone number: +47 41 57 59 87 , e-mail: [email protected]

For questions related to the electronic recruitment process: HR Adviser Helle Fritzsønn; e-mail: [email protected]

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