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Position as Associate Professor of Economic Evaluation at the Institute of Health and Society

Deadline: 31.07.2022

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.

The Institute of Health and Society is one of three institutes at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. The Institute covers various disciplines and consists of six departments: General Practice, Health Sciences, Health Management and Health Economics, Medical Ethics, Community Medicine and Global Health and Nursing Science.

The Institute of Health and Society bases its work on a complex understanding of disease, health and health systems. Culture, environment, economics, society and biology play direct and indirect roles. Our teaching responsibilities include seven Master’s programs, one Bachelor program and part of the Faculty’s medical school and PhD-program. We employ about 220 FTE and have almost 700 Bachelor and Master students. Annual income is about 200 mill NOK, half of which is external funding. Our researchers play an active part of public policy and disseminate new knowledge through many channels.

Job description

1 permanent position is available at the Department of Health Management and Health Economics, Institute of Health and Society for an Associate Professor in the subject area of economic evaluation.

Institute of Health and Society bases its work on a complex understanding of interconnectedness of sickness, health and the health systems. Policy, culture, the environment, the society as well as biology interact. This complexity characterizes the research, teaching and service at the institute. Tenure is linked to the Institute, but the current position(s) will be allocated to the Department of Health Management and Health Economics (HELED).

HELED is a multidisciplinary department, consisting mostly of economists, social scientists and medical doctors, and conducting research in the fields of health economics, health management and health policy, and public health. HELED is organized in four research groups (see website).

The department is responsible for PhD training, the teaching of medical students in quality, leadership and knowledge management, and four discrete study programs: a bachelor’s degree program in Health Management and Health Economics (taught in Norwegian), two master’s degree programs; Health Management, Policy and Health Economics and the European Master in Health Economics and Management (both taught in English), and an executive master’s degree program in Health Administration (taught in Norwegian).

The appointee must be able to lead and initiate research, supervise doctoral degree students, participate in teaching and examination work at all levels, and undertake administrative tasks, in accordance with applicable provisions. Knowledge and publication history with mathematical simulation model, cost-effectiveness analysis, and statistical methods applied in economic evaluation will be valued. The teaching responsibilities for this position are associated with the department’s bachelor and master courses in economic evaluation. The person appointed will be placed in the economic evaluation research group (Economic evaluation of health technologies - Institute of Health and Society). Knowledge of the Norwegian health care sector is desirable.

Teaching-related work accounts for 45% of the position, while 10% is calculated for administrative tasks.

Further description of the position and evaluation procedure, can be found here.

Furthermore, we refer to information leaflets for applicants as well as guidelines for the preparation of the application, see here, Regulations for appointment to scientific positions, see here, as well as rules on pedagogical competence, see here.

Qualification requirements

  • A PhD with a specialization in economic evaluation or related field.
  • Educational competence will count positively. Applicants who do not have documented basic university pedagogical competence must acquire this within two years from appointment.
  • Documentation of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration will count positively.
  • Teaching experience and/or supervision in economic evaluation will count positively
  • Knowledge of the Norwegian health care sector is desirable.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish are a prerequisite for performing all the tasks associated with the position. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment are given a deadline of two years to learn Norwegian.

Personal skills

  • High ambitions and quality of teaching, research and communications is expected.
  • High quality of research, and publishing in peer-reviewed international journals is expected.
  • Within 6 months after appointment the successful candidate must provide a 3 year plan for future research in line with the institute’s/department’s strategic priorities. The plan is to be presented for the head of department.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create an attractive research environment will be emphasised. Active collaboration, also interdisciplinary and internationally is expected.

We offer

  • A salary of NOK 677.000 - 814.900 per annum depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Good pension schemes
  • 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 stating of motivation and research interests
  • CV including a complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, description of qualifications in dissemination, past and current own funding, project coordination experience and other relevant activities
  • Complete list of publications
  • A research plan (up to 3 pages) that includes a description on how your work will complement and synergize with research in the Division and the Department, and a strategy for obtaining external funding
  • 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)
  • PhD diploma
  • Academic works (up to 10 publications) and a brief account of these
  • List of 3 references with name, title, relation to candidate, email and phone number

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

Interviews (and possibly a 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 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.

ALTERNATIVELY: If there are no qualified applicants for a permanent position, the appointing authority may consider appointment to a temporary lower position for up to three years, cf. Section 6-5 of the University and University College Act.

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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