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Associate Professor in Public Policy and Public Administration

Deadline: 01.03.2021

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 in a broad range of academic disciplines. UiO has shaped society for over 200 years. As a leading European university, it promotes independent, pioneering and long-term research and offers outstanding education.


The Department of Political Science is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The department currently has 39 permanent academic staff members, 16 postdoctoral fellows , 11 research fellows conducting PhDs and 12 administrative employees. About 1500 students are currently enrolled at the BA, MA and PhD levels. In addition to political science, the department has interdisciplinary bachelor programs in International Studies, Public Administration and Leadership and a master’s program in Peace and Conflict Studies. The department has research groups in several sub-fields of political science (e.g. comparative institutions and regimes; policy, bureaucracy, and organization; politics of energy and climate; nuclear weapons) and hosts the interdisciplinary Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX).

Job description

An Associate Professor position in Public Policy and Public Administration is available in the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.

This is a permanent position and we expect that the successful candidate will contribute to the long-term academic development and research culture of the department.

Associate professors divide their time equally between research and teaching. The successful candidate will offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of public policy and public administration. They will also contribute to the teaching of research methods at all levels. It is essential that applicants can demonstrate a strong record of teaching commensurable with their experience.

The person appointed will also carry out administrative tasks in accordance with university regulations.

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must document research excellence, including a PhD in a relevant field and a record of publications in refereed international journals or with highly-respected book publishers. When evaluating research excellence, recent publications, as well as a clear and viable strategy for future top-quality research, will be given greatest weight.

Prior experience leading research projects, as well as a track record of national and international collaborations, will be taken into account.

Personal suitability for the position also will be assessed.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 643 00 – 768 50 per annum depending on qualifications
  • Budget for travel and research assistance (currently NOK 45 000 per year). Staff can apply for additional research support from the department and faculty
  • An academically stimulating and international working environment
  • A friendly and inclusive workplace
  • An excellent pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Fund
  • A good work-life balance and access to Norway’s excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordable and accessible childcare
  • Female academic staff can take part in the Career development scheme for female associate professors

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation and a summary of scientific work and research interests; max. 2 pages).
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • Complete list of publications
  • A teaching portfolio, preferably including information from student evaluations
  • List of reference persons: 2 or 3 references (name, relationship to candidate, e-mail, and phone number)

Applicants should use the cover letter to account for how their work relates to the Department’s research and teaching profile and how they plan to contribute to the Department’s long-term academic development.

All documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Publications should not be submitted with the application; the most promising candidates will be invited to submit their publications, as well as their educational certificates and diplomas, later in the process.

About the procedure

The application deadline is March 1 2021. Applications will be initially evaluated by a committee with the aim of providing the appointed assessors with a short report that identifies the most promising candidates that should proceed in the selection process.

In April 2021, the most promising applicants will be invited to submit a comprehensive application including a sample of academic publications.

It is anticipated that the top-ranked candidates will be invited to an interview and asked to give a trial lecture in August/September 2021. References will also be contacted at this stage. The report from the evaluation committee, including the evaluation of the top candidates, will be made available to all applicants. The hiring process is expected to be completed by October 2021.

Formal regulations

Candidates who cannot document basic teaching qualifications at the time of appointment will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

Scandinavian languages and English are the working languages at the department. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate in all functions that the position may involve within two years.

Please see the rules for the appointments to professorships and associate professorships.

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

The University of Oslo has a policy for intellectual property rights for researchers at the University of Oslo.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people from underrepresented minorities.

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