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Associate professor in educational audiology

Deadline: 12.08.2024

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 Department of Special Needs Education is one of the three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences. The department focuses on basic and applied research and education of bachelor-, master- and doctoral level candidates within the field of special needs education in Norway, including the areas of language and speech pathology.

The department employs over 50 scientific staff in addition to about 20 administrative employees. The department has approximately 800 students distributed between bachelor- and master's degree studies in special needs education as well as PhD-studies.

About the position

Department of Special Needs Education invites applicants for a permanent position as associate professor in educational audiology: hearing, communication, and language with relevance for special needs education. 

The successful candidate will develop and deliver engaging courses spanning a wide range of topics related to learning and development in individuals with hearing disorders, adopting a lifelong perspective. Specific areas of research interest and expertise could be typical or atypical language and listening development, learning and development, communication disorders, tinnitus, hyperacusis, misophonia, social functioning or quality of life.

The position involves 47 % teaching, 6 % administrative tasks and 47 % research.

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our department and strengthen our research and teaching in educational audiology within the field of special needs education. Successful candidates could have clinical and research experience in e.g. the fields of special needs education, cognitive hearing science, audiology, technical audiology, psychology, or medicine.

The Department of Special Needs Education offers a Bachelor’s degree in special needs education and five special education majors (Educational audiology: hearing, language and communication, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Psycho-social difficulties, Specific learning difficulties and Speech and language therapy,) at the Master’s level, in addition to an international Master’s program in Special Needs Education. 

The candidate for the position is expected to:• Participate in the planning, teaching, and development of study programs, supervision, and examinations, as well as related tasks at any program level• Promote the subject area through research, publication of academic work (nationally and internationally), and participation in national and international networks• Actively design research projects, apply for external research funding in relevant topics• Disseminate research targeted at professionals and the general public, nationally and internationally• Participate in relevant research groups at the faculty• Conduct administrative tasks

The department’s lab, Oslo Special Education and Learning Lab (Oslo SPeLL) and student clinic, offers an excellent possibility to incorporate research, innovation, and student activities into a clinical context. It is expected that the successful applicant will participate in supervision of students in the lab and in the student clinic.

Qualification requirements

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent qualifications within special needs education, education, psychology or medicine
  • Documented basic university pedagogical competence. Applicants who do not have documented basic university competence must acquire this within two years from appointment
  • Record of international, peer-reviewed publications relevant for the position
  • Research experience and research interests related to educational audiology: hearing, communication, and language
  • Good communication skills both written and oral in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language or English are a prerequisite for performing all the tasks associated with the position. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment are given a deadline of two years to learn Norwegian

The following qualifications are not required but considered an advantage:

  • Clinical experience relevant to the subject area
  • Experience with research on adult clinical populations within a research field relevant to the position
  • Advanced oral and written proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language
  • Experience with successful applications for external research funding
  • Documentation of qualifications in the field of academic management and administration

Personal qualities

  • A cooperative, friendly, and team-oriented style of work
  • Motivation for the position, including an interest in interdisciplinary work integrating educational audiology: hearing, communication, and language with current research perspectives within the Department

We offer

  • Salary from NOK 692 400 to NOK 796 600 per annum depending on competencies, in a position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • An interdisciplinary and international work environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

The application must include

  • Application letter (including statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interests - max 2 pages)
  • CV
  • A complete list of publications
  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which your own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, a research approach and collegial attitude and practice. For guidance, see this page)
  • Description of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration
  • Diplomas
  • Up to 10 academic works with a brief account of their scientific significance and, in case of co-authorship, a description of the applicants' contribution to each publication
  • References (list of 2-3 persons with name, title, email and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: “Apply for this job”. Please note that all documents must be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Interviews and trial lecture will form part of the appointment process. The entire breadth of qualifications will be assessed in ranking competent applicants.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the Rules for employment and promotion for Professor and Associate Professor positions at UiO, the Guide for applicants for Professor and Associate professor positions and Rules for practicing the requirement for basic university pedagogical competence at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

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