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Professor / associate professor - Psychosocial difficulties

Deadline: 15.02.2021

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 Special Needs Education is one of the three departments at UiO's Faculty of Educational Sciences.

The department has today approximately 25 permanent employees that work with research, 14 temporary research fellows and postdoctoral fellows, in addition to 12 administrative employees. The department has approximately 800 students distributed between bachelor- and master’s degree studies in Special Needs Education, master’s degree studies in Special Needs Education, as well as PhD-studies.

About the position

A permanent position is available as professor (position code/SKO 1013) or associate professor (position code/SKO 1011) in the subject area of psychosocial difficulties.

The current position within the field of psychosocial difficulties is thematically connected to research and teaching targeting social interaction patterns and behavioral problems in kindergarten, school and society, which is one of the departments prioritized subject areas.

The position involves research, teaching, and supervision in the field of psychosocial difficulties at bachelor, master and PhD level. The department’s master's specialization «Psychosocial difficulties» focuses on special educational services where psychosocial difficulties, prevention and interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration are central. You can read more about the specialization here.

The subject area of psychosocial difficulties involves the following topics:

  • Risk and protection factors that may influence or result in externalizing/internalizing difficulties in children and adolescents
  • Violence/aggression in school and society
  • Causes and consequences of bullying
  • Assessments and interventions aimed at psychosocial difficulties in pre-school and school
  • Psychosocial difficulties as secondary difficulties related to other learning difficulties
  • Maltreatment and socioemotional development

It is expected that the successful applicant will participate in one of the faculty’s research groups

Job description

  • Promote the development of the subject areas through research, publication of academic work nationally and internationally, and participate in national and international networks
  • Participate in the planning of study programs, teaching, supervision and examinations-related tasks at all levels from Bachelor’s to PhD level, and maintain the educational quality of the teaching programs
  • Research dissemination targeted at both professional actors and the general public
  • Administrative tasks in accordance with the job description

Qualification requirements

For Professor:

  • The candidate at professorial level must show high qualifications and performance in all required areas within the field of psychosocial difficulties. Thus a more extensive production in excess of that which is required for a doctoral degree is required. The research must demonstrate academic breadth and depth, and also reflect an independent research profile and show the applicant’s ability to initiate and embrace new topics and content areas. Prolonged and ongoing research activity is a prerequisite for appointment as professor.
  • Documented basic university pedagogical competence. This requirement may be waived in special cases, but must then be met within two years from appointment.
  • Good qualifications in dissemination, management and administration.
  • Broad experience in curriculum development and implementation of teaching, and work with educational quality.

For Associate Professor:

  • The applicant must be able to document research competence within the advertised subject area of psychosocial difficulties. The minimum competence requirement for the position of associate professor is a PhD in the relevant subject areas or equivalent academic qualifications.
  • Educational competence will count positively. Applicants who do not have documented basic university pedagogical competence must acquire this within two years from appointment.
  • Documented qualifications in dissemination, management and administration are desirable.
  • Ongoing research activity is required.

In the ranking of competent applicants, the whole range of qualifications will be considered, including the applicant’s ability to communicate and personal suitability. Emphasis will also be placed on the applicant’s experience and ability to attract research funding from external sources. Good communication skills in both written and oral English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) 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.

We offer

  • Salary from NOK 726 400 to NOK 887 000 per annum depending on competencies, in the position of Professor (position code 1013)
  • Salary from NOK 608 200 to NOK 708 000 per annum depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • Good pension schemes
  • Good welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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. (For guidance, see this page)
  • Description of qualifications/skills in dissemination, management and administration
  • Complete list of publications
  • Academic works: Applicants for position as professor are requested to submit up to 15 publications. Applicants for position as associate professor are requested to submit up to 10 publications. For both positions please add to each publication a brief account of their scientific contribution to the publication
  • Diplomas
  • References: a list of 2-3 persons with name, title, email and phone number

The application with attachments must be submitted via our online recruitment system. Please note that the application must be written in English, and that all documentation (i.e. transcripts) must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Interviews will be part of the appointment process, and applicants will be required to give 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.

See also Guidance memo concerning 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.

The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition and to recruit people with an immigrant background.

In addition, the University of Oslo aims for its employees to reflect the diversity of the population to the greatest degree possible. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities or gaps in their CV to apply for the position. The University of Oslo will adapt the workplace to suit employees with disabilities. Applicants who indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV are made aware that this information may be used for statistical purposes.


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