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Associate Professor in Science Education

Deadline: 21.05.2021

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 Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) is one of three departments at The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Oslo.

ILS is a leading institution in the fields of subject didactics, school leadership and practice-relevant school research. It hosts Norway's first Centre of Excellence in Education, ProTed – a joint project between the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø.


EKVA (Unit for quantitative analysis in education) is also part of the department, as well as four interfaculty research groups (CLEG, TEPEC, SISCO and LEA).

The Department enrols 400 students in the Teacher Education Programme (PPU) and administers the university’s Graduate Teacher Education Programme (Lektorprogrammet) with about 300 new students each year. About 200 students follow the Master Programme in Educational Leadership. ILS also manages the study programme Teach First Norway in cooperation with the City of Oslo Education Agency and Equinor.

The Department of Teacher Education and School Research has approximately 40 administrative and 100 academic staff.

Job description

A permanent full-time position as Associate Professor in Science Education is vacant at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS).

The position is linked to the teacher education programmes at ILS (the 1-year graduate teacher education programmes (PPU) and Teach First Norway, and the 5-years graduate teacher education programme (Lektorprogrammet).

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to teaching in Science Education in each of these programs as well as conduct research in the field of Science Education, for example: teaching and learning in science subjects, including digital competence; assessment, classroom management and differentiated teaching; sustainability; scientific literacy; or open schooling.

The successful candidate will also be expected to conduct research through participation in one of the four research groups: Challenges of Sustainability in Educational Research (COSER), Large-Scale Educational Assessment (LEA), Studies of Instruction across Subjects and Competences (SISCO), Teachers’ Professional Development and Educational Change (TEPEC). COSER’s focus is the relationship between education and today’s complex sustainable development issues. LEA’s focus is the development and validating of large-scale educational assessments. SISCO focuses on how knowledge cultures and instructional practices promote students’ learning. TEPEC has its focus on general aspects of teacher education in the context of national programs, and on international comparative research on teacher education.

Main duties

  • Contribute to the development of Science Education in Teacher Education for grades 8-13
  • Participate in planning, teaching, supervision and examinations in Teacher Education programmes
  • Contribute to research in Science Education, including supervision of students at the Master and PhD levels
  • Contribution to one of ILS´research groups with the aim of publishing in national and international journals
  • Publish in national and international scientific journals
  • Contribute to project development and external fund raising
  • Contribute to innovation and development of teacher education at ILS
  • Participate in national and international research networks
  • Research dissemination
  • Administrative tasks

Qualification requirements

  • Documented research competence as Associate Professor with specialization in the field of Science Education. The minimum requirement is a PhD in Science Education or equivalent.
  • Capacity to raise funds and lead research projects
  • Proficiency in relevant research methods for science teacher education
  • Formal teaching qualifications in science, (i.e. documented competence in a relevant science subject, educational theory and practice based on training or on teaching and supervision).
  • Experience from schools grade 8-13 and/or from teacher training for grades 8-13 in science
  • Documented knowledge of and familiarity with the Norwegian or Scandinavian educational systems
  • Advanced Norwegian (alternatively Swedish or Danish) and English, spoken and written
  • Personal suitability and motivation

The criteria that will be considered are the applicant’s academic, professional and pedagogical qualifications, leadership and administrative qualifications, and personal qualifications including Norwegian, Swedish or Danish and English proficiency.

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

We offer

  • Salary from kr 608 200 to kr 708 000 depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • A professionally stimulating working 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 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:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV with description of educational background, prior positions, academic, professional and pedagogical activities and administrative experience
  • Educational portfolio of 3-6 pages documenting educational competence and experience, including a reflection note in which the applicant’s own practice and learning vision is anchored in the SoTL criteria (focus on student learning, development over time, research approach and collegial attitude and practice)
  • Complete list of publications
  • Academic works; up to 10 academic works, including PhD-thesis and documentation of other relevant qualifications that you wish to be taken into account in the assessment
  • Diplomas
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application must be made in English or in a Scandinavian language.

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

Interviews will form part of the appointment process along with a trial lecture.

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.

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

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. 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.

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