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Professor / Associate Professor in Organisation Studies or Workplace Studies

Deadline: 15.09.2024

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 Education was established in 1938 and is one of three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences which also has a permanent center.

The research is based on traditions from both the social and the human sciences, and the department thus accommodates great breadth in topics and perspectives. The department employs approximately 100 people; 49 scientific staff, 35 doctoral and post-doctoral students, and 20 administrative/technical staff. The number of students is approximately 900.

About the positions

A permanent position is available at the Department of Education for a Professor/Associate Professor in the area of Organisation Studies or Workplace Studies. We are seeking applicants with an excellent academic track record in one of these areas, whose research is oriented towards processes and conditions for learning, innovation, and knowledge generation in work places and organisations. Relevant disciplinary backgrounds include, but are not limited to, educational sciences, organisational sociology, organisational psychology and information systems research. While experience from research in the education sector may be relevant, the successful candidate must document wider experience and knowledge of other parts of the knowledge-intensive working life.

Relevant research themes include implications of digital transformation and other forms of organisational change for work and learning; the interplay of leadership, organising processes and workers’ participation; shifting demands to professionalism and distribution of expertise; and implications of societal and organisational change for learning and work affiliation over time.

The position involves teaching and supervision in the Department of Education’s study programs and courses directed towards workplace and organisational learning, currently offered in the master specialisation KULA (Kunnskapsutvikling og læring i arbeidslivet) and bachelor courses within the specialisation track KAT (Kompetanseutvikling, arbeidsliv og teknologi). Other teaching responsibilities can be added by agreement, based on the candidate's interests and the department's needs. 

The position is advertised as full professor, alternatively associate professor. Academic merits and qualifications will be assessed in line with the job categories (see Qualification requirements).

Job description

  • Contribute to the development of the Department of Education’s research agenda oriented towards work and learning in the knowledge-intensive society
  • Develop collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects, apply for external research funding, participate in national and international networks, and disseminate research nationally and internationally
  • Contribute to the further development of IPED’s educational programs, at BA and MA levels. See links to KULA (Kunnskapsutvikling og læring i arbeidslivet) and KAT (Kompetanseutvikling, arbeidsliv og teknologi)
  • Supervise bachelor-, master- and PhD candidates
  • Participate in teaching and assessment at all levels
  • Carry out administrative tasks in accordance with current guidelines 
  • Manage good relations with external partners involved in the educational programs 
  • Participate in one of the research groups in the Department

The position involves 47 % teaching, 47 % research, and 6 % administrative tasks. The majority of the teaching activities will be in Norwegian, alternatively another Scandinavian language.

Qualification requirements

For Associate Professor:

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent academic qualifications in Educational sciences, Organizational sociology, Organizational psychology or a related relevant discipline
  • A sustained record of international, peer-reviewed publications relevant for the position, beyond the doctoral degree, is desirable 
  • Documented research experience and academic contributions related to processes and conditions for learning and knowledge generation in workplaces/organisations
  • Experience from teaching, supervision and assessment of students in higher education 
  • Documented basic university pedagogical competence. Applicants who do not have documented basic university pedagogical competence must acquire this within two years from appointment
  • Documented qualifications in dissemination, management and administration will count positively
  • Experience with successful applications for external research funding will count positively

Additional Requirements for Professor:

  • The applicant must document academic merits of high international standard in the advertised research field. This includes extensive and sustained research productivity. The research shall be of high quality and show both breadth and depth.
  • Documented basic university pedagogical competence. 
  • Extensive experience from the development and implementation of teaching, supervision and educational quality work, including experience from supervision of PhD candidates and master students within domains relevant for the position
  • Good qualifications in dissemination, management and administration
  • Documented capacity to attract external funding and winning competitive research grants

For both Professor and Associate Professor:

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Norwegian and/or Nordic work organizations beyond the education sector and regulations relevant to learning at work 
  • Experience with a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches relevant to study changing processes and conditions for learning and knowledge generation in work organisations
  • 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

Personal suitability and motivation, including

  • Experience and interest in the development of a research agenda oriented towards work and learning in the knowledge-intensive society
  • Commitment to teaching and supervision of students at all levels (bachelor, master and PhD)
  • Collaboration skills and interest in collaborative research, teaching and development work

The criteria that will be considered are the applicant’s academic, professional, and pedagogical qualifications, plus personal qualifications including Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) and English proficiency.

In the ranking of applicants, the whole range of qualifications will be considered and assessed, including communication skills and personal suitability for the position.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 692 400 - 796 600 per annum depending on competencies, in a postion as a Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • Salary NOK 796 600 - 966 300 per annum depending on competencies in a postion as a Professor (position code 1013)
  • Good pension schemes
  • Good welfare benefits

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest). Please state explicitly whether the application is for Professor or Associate Professor
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative /leadership experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Selected publications that the applicant wants to be considered in the assessment:
    • Applicants for position as Associate Professor are requested to submit up to 10 academic works with a brief account of their scientific significance and, in case of co-authorship, a description of the applicant’s contribution to each publication
    • Applicants for position as Professor are requested to submit up to 15 academic works with a brief account of their scientific significance and, in case of co-authorship, a description of the applicant’s contribution to each publication 
  • 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 a collegial attitude and practice. For guidance, see this page
  • An outline of a research plan for the next 2-3 years (2-3 pages)
  • Diplomas and references
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, title, relation to candidate, e-mail address 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.

Please also see Guidance memo concerning employment and promotion of professors at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, UiO.

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.

The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition and to recruit people with an immigrant background. 

In addition, the University of Oslo aims for its employees to reflect the diversity of the population to the greatest degree possible. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the position. 

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