Associate Professor / Assistant Professor - Animator

Deadline: 10.06.2024


Nord University

Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future.

In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1, 350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally.

Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education.

The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV) educates social scientists and professionals who meet society’s need for innovation in welfare, development and communication. The Faculty offers a PhD in Sociology. The Faculty of Social Sciences has 1,900 students and 100 employees. The professional community is organised into the following five divisions: History, geography and international relations; Journalism and creative media; Organization, leadership and working life; Social work; and Sociology, research methods and philosophy of science.

Read more: www.nord.no/fsv

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About the position

The Faculty of Social Sciences are recruiting for an Associate Professor (or Senior Lecturer) at our campus in Levanger to be part of the teaching team within creative media and technology. The faculty would be prepared to recruit an Assistant Professor (Lecturer), with the expectation that the candidate would actively work towards qualification as Associate Professor. The position would be a permanent full-time position and be based at our Levanger campus. Nord University’s faculties are distributed over several campuses, and co-operation between the wider university is important. As such, occasional travel might be required.

Nord University has a strong reputation within education in the creative disciplines and offers degrees in: Film and TV Production; CG Art and Animation; Games and Entertainment Technology; Music Production; Theatre Production and Acting. Our international creative media programmes are delivered in English. As such, the position requires good oral and written English language skills.

We seek an Animator to design and deliver courses to our students and contribute to research within related topics. Candidates applying for the position of Animator should have a broad skillset in digital art software and experience within animation, VFX or games. Evidence of personal work and contribution to published or commercial projects should support the application.

Essential skills:

  • Digital animation in either 2D or 3D

Desirable skills:

  • Story development
  • Character development
  • Compositing
  • Rigging
  • Groom/CFX

Duties and responsibilities

The position involves:

  • teaching and supervision on the creative media programmes
  • research and development work, including dissemination
  • contribution to externally funded research projects and applications
  • collaboration with local, national and international partners

Personal Qualities

The position will serve a prominent role in the development and delivery of the creative media study programmes. Successful candidates will also be expected to contribute to the University’s strategic objectives as a member of the international academic community through research, education, cooperation with business and contribution to society. Research activities should be supported by regional, national and international funding and lead to meaningful output. The position will also include relevant administrative, management and leadership duties. Continuous professional development, and participation in peer-group activities, is also expected.

Qualification requirements

Associate Professor

  • For employment as an Associate Professor (research-oriented førsteamanuensis in the Norwegian system), a Norwegian doctoral degree is required, within the relevant field of study or an equivalent doctoral degree from abroad that is accepted as a Norwegian equivalent, or competence at a similar level documented by academic publication of the same scope and quality.
  • For appointment as Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer/teaching-oriented førstelektor in the Norwegian system) the applicant must document artistic activities or development work, research activity, or professional practice at a high international level, which in quality and scope corresponds to the amount of work towards a doctoral degree, in the subject area concerned.

Assistant Professor

  • For appointment as Assistant Professor (teaching-oriented universitetslektor in the Norwegian system) a master's degree from a university, university college or equivalent is required, within the relevant field. Alternatively, that the candidate can evidence relevant artistic activities or development work, research activity, or professional practice judged to be equivalent to a postgraduate degree in the subject area concerned.

For all scientific positions:

  • Teaching experience from university/college and skills in respect of planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. Nord University has supplementary provisions on educational competence. For further information please refer to Nord University’s website. Any applicants who are unable to provide documentary proof of adequate professional educational competence when employed must acquire such competence over the course of a two-year period. Nord University offers such a course on University Pedagogy which covers this requirement.
  • Language requirements: Good oral and written presentation skills in English and Norwegian, or another Scandinavian language, is a qualification requirement. For applicants who do not have one of the Scandinavian languages as their mother tongue, both oral and written language skills must be documented. Employment in a permanent position assumes that the candidate can document Norwegian/Scandinavian language skills at level A2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). For candidates who do not meet the language requirement, employment in a temporary position for up to three years can be considered in order to acquire the necessary language skills. The faculty can make arrangements for participation in language courses and set aside time in the employee's work plan for this.

Qualified applicants will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  • formal qualifications
  • research and development work relevant to the position
  • artistic portfolio or showreel
  • teaching and supervision experience in higher education
  • contribution to funded research and development projects
  • membership of recognised international societies and networks
  • personal qualities that can contribute to the academic environment

We offer

The position is compensated according to Norwegian government regulations, code 1011 for associate professor (research-oriented), code 1198 for associate professor (teaching-oriented) and code 1009 for assistant professor. Salary by agreement. 

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment 
  • A workplace with steady progressive development 
  • Flexible working hours 
  • Active university sports team 

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. 

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of governmental annual review.

Contact information

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting :

Application process

Applicants will be evaluated by an expert committee. Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview and trial lecture. These will be decisive for the appointment.


Applications must be submitted online by the closing date 10 of June 2024.

The electronic application must contain: 

  • Cover letter.
  • Complete CV summarizing: education, work experience, teaching experience, research and development work, academic administrative experience and pedagogic experience, and other qualifying activities.
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts and other relevant certificates.
  • Artistic portfolio or showreel.
  • Complete copies of up to 10 of the most relevant publications/academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered, along with a list of those submitted. The list should include five publications that the applicant believes to be most important, along with the reasons why. In the case of a doctoral degree, the dissertation should also be included.
  • Pedagogical CV and reflection note in accordance with supplementary provisions for educational competence.
  • Documentation of other activities which the applicant considers relevant to the position and desires to be considered in the assessment.
  • Contact information for 2-3 references.

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application.

Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for applications.

After the application deadline has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, the identity of particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their identity must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make public any information about the applicant.

Ref.nr. 30208314

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