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Associate Professor in Innovation Studies / Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Deadline: 01.02.2022

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.

TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture is a cross disciplinary unit at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Oslo. TIK is home to 40 staff members working in research, education and research communication in innovation and science and technology studies (STS). A major part of TIK’s activity is externally funded research. TIK also offers postgraduate education; a PhD-programme and two Master programmes. The Centre also hosts OSIRIS - Oslo Institute for Research on the Impact of Science.

Job description

The TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture invites applications to a permanent (tenured) position as Associate Professor in Innovation Studies and/or in Science and Technology Studies (STS) (SKO 1011). In accordance with the university’s appointment regulations, an associate professor may subsequently apply for promotion to full professor.

The successful candidate will be expected to initiate, lead and carry out research within Innovation Studies and/or Science and Technology Studies (STS), to acquire external funding to new research projects, to supervise Ph.D. and MA candidates, to participate in teaching, exam work and evaluation at both levels, to develop further the Centre’s educational activities, to carry out administrative work in accordance with the needs of the Centre, as well as contribute to the on-going work of building, sustaining and leading the Centre’s research and teaching environment.

The position will be expected to develop the Centre’s activities in Innovation Studies and/or Science and Technology Studies (STS). Thematic areas that are particularly relevant for TIK’s current research and educational activities are (1) the green transition; (2) digitalization and society; (3) health and life sciences. Candidates with relevant experience and a strong track record in other thematic areas within innovation studies or science and technology studies will also be considered

Requirements, desired qualifications and personal skills

The successful candidate must have the following requirements:

  • Ph.D. within Innovation Studies, Science and Technology Studies (STS), or related fields
  • In-depth theoretical knowledge of and empirical work within Innovation Studies or Science and Technology Studies (STS); strong documented research competence within the field, particularly within the past five years
  • Documented pedagogical skills and an ability to take active part in teaching, academic leadership and administration
  • Leadership skills, personal suitability and motivation for the position

The following qualification will be given particular weight in the assessment:

  • Strong academic qualifications and production in Innovation Studies and/or Science and Technology Studies (STS); strong record of international peer-reviewed publications (with emphasis on the past five years)
  • Documented research competence and interests in areas that are relevant to the Centre’s core scientific profile in Innovation Studies or Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Strong pedagogical qualifications on Ph.D. and master levels; ability to supervise and inspire students
  • Documented competence and experience in leadership and development of educational programs
  • Collaborative skills and ability to initiate joint research projects; documented experience of collaboration across established academic disciplines, as well as an ability to build national and international networks
  • Documented ability to acquire external research funding, particularly long-term academic funding from national and international sources
  • Potential to contribute to the long-term development of the academic and research environment at the Centre
  • Communication skills, interpersonal skills and public outreach skills

Teaching languages are both Norwegian and English. Good oral and written skills in English are required. Applicants who do not speak Norwegian are required within two years to master Norwegian sufficiently well to be able to participate actively in all the functions that the position entails, including teaching and administrative tasks.

We offer

  • Salary of NOK 650 300 – 825 900 per annum depending on qualifications
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Focus on working conditions for academic staff and researchers
  • Good pension benefits under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund scheme
  • Good welfare benefits

The application should include:

  • Application letter. The letter should include a short description of the applicant’s academic profile, how the applicant views his/her academic orientation in relation to the core areas of the Centre, and how the applicant wishes to contribute to the development of TIK’s research and educational activities in the future. The application must contain a short plan outlining what the applicant aims to achieve in the position, and the new projects and initiatives that she/he intends to develop
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, educational leadership experience, other administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, including a detailed project track record, and other qualifying activities)
  • A complete list of publications, including a list of up to ten relevant publications to be submitted for assessment
  • Teaching portfolio documenting educational competence and experience
  • Contact details of reference persons

A sorting committee will invite a limited number of candidates (“short list”) to submit a portfolio of academic work (i.e. up to ten publications) that are particularly relevant for the position. Academic texts shall therefore not be enclosed with the application. In relation to larger volumes (monographs), the selected applicants should specify particular parts of the publication for review. The scientific and expert committee will then assess and rank the short-listed candidates. Interviews will be part of the appointment process, along with a trial lecture. The Faculty of Social Science will take a final decision on the appointment.

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.

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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