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Professor / Associate Professor in personality psychology

Deadline: 30.04.2020

Department of Psychology

A position as professor/associate professor in personality psychology is vacant at the Department of Psychology. The position will be connected to the research group that has the best fit with the scientific profile of the successful candidate.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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The Department of Psychology has around 100 employees, including 43 permanent academic staff, 3 technicians, 10 administrative staff and a varying number of PhD students, postdocs and part-time staff. The department has ten research groups: Social Psychology, Child development, Aging and Dementia, Behavioral and Translational Neuroscience, Behavioral Mechanisms and Psychopathology, Centre for Avalanche Research and Education, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Health Psychology. We offer four study programs for in total 750 students: A one-year program, Bachelor program, Master program and a 6-year Clinical program. From 2019, the department also offers a Student Research Program for students from the Master and Clinical programs. Teaching is given at both undergraduate and graduate level, including PhD. The department runs a psychological clinic offering psychological therapies, and neuropsychological examinations.

Personality psychology refers to the scientific study of individual differences in people's thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and how these come together as a whole.

For more information, see webpage: Department of Psychology


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The position

We are searching for a scholar in psychology who wants to carry out research and teaching within personality psychology and individual differences. We are looking for a person who wants to participate in the development of both our research strategies and teaching programs within his/her field of expertise. Teaching responsibilities will follow the relevant curriculum with specific obligation for covering the field of personality psychology and individual differences. Supervision of bachelor/master students, clinical psychology students and PhD students in his/her discipline should also be expected, as well as teaching relevant methodology, and other related fields. All academic positions have administrative tasks and joint responsibilities for academic matters together with other academic staff at the Department.

Qualification requirements

  • University education within psychology and scientific competence in personality psychology at PhD level or higher is required. Competence within research methods in psychology is required, in particular within quantitative methods and the measurement of individual differences
  • Competence within trait psychology, test psychology and behavioural genetics will be given particular weight
  • Experience in applied personality psychology, testing and interviewing in both population-based and clinical settings is considered an advantage
  • The applicant should be fluent in English. Non-Scandinavian speakers must be willing to learn Norwegian within 2 years.

In order to be awarded a professorship, the applicant must document substantially more extensive research of high quality within the field of personality psychology than that required to be awarded a doctorate degree. Academic activity at a high level over the previous six years should be documented.

UiT is assessing applicants according to national guidelines for assessment of professorial competence decided by the National Faculty Meeting of Psychology. The guidelines can be found here (only in Norwegian).

For the position as Associate Professor, a Norwegian doctoral degree in the field of personality psychology, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, or competence at a corresponding level documented by academic work of the same scope and quality is required.

The following documentation will be considered as important:

  • Independent research after PhD
  • Experience with applications for external research funding
  • National/international research networks and completed stays abroad.

Independent research after PhD can be documented with scientific publications without PhD-supervisors as co-authors.Experience with applications for external research funding means that the applicant can show independent application work, but may not necessarily have obtained external funding. Evaluations that show application quality will be useful for assessing applicants' qualifications. Contributions to larger applications can also be considered if they can be documented.

International mobility will be assessed according to duration / number of stays and whether the stay has led to scientific publications and/or joint applications for external research funding.

Scientific cooperation, nationally and/or internationally, should be documented through joint publications and/or application work.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Pedagogical competence

You must have acquired basic skills in planning, conducting, evaluating and developing teaching and guidance. All applicants must document their teaching competence:

  • Applicants who have completed education or courses designed to provide teaching competence for teaching at universities and colleges, equivalent to a minimum of 200 hours, must attach diploma and curriculum for the completed course.
  • Other applicants shall describe, assess and document their competence as a teacher and supervisor. Practice as a teacher and supervisor in higher education is required, often combined with relevant courses and seminars. The skills must be documented in the form of a teaching portfolio. Experience with teaching and supervision in higher education corresponding to two years in a full-time position of is required. For professor positions, experience with teaching and supervision in higher education corresponding to three years in a full-time position of is required.

For professor positions UiT also require:

  • Quality improvement in own teaching and supervision over time
  • Extensive experience with supervision preferably at the master / PhD level
  • Participation in the development of educational quality in professional communities

Applicants for professor positions must document that the additional criteria are met through:

  • Description and reflection on their work with developing teaching and supervision. This should be documented with examples that show development over time, as well as a justification for and reflection on process and results.
  • Description of experience with supervision at the master and doctoral level. In addition to describing the scope of the guidance, you should also summarize the guidance experience and point out possible improvement areas
  • Description of and reflection on your own leadership, participation and role in the development of teaching quality in your academic community

For professor positions, the teaching competence can be developed and documented through a combination of courses and teaching portfolio.

For Associate Professor the teaching competence can be acquired within two years after employment. Applicants will be assessed, but not ranked, based on teaching competence. Those who do not meet the requirements at the time of appointment will be required to meet the requirements within two years. UiT offers courses in educational competence to employees.

For a position as professor, the additional requirements for a professorial teaching competence must be met, but can be appointed with the same reservations concerning documented basic competence.

Personal characteristics

The following will be attached special importance:

  • Independence
  • Good teamwork skills
  • Solution and result orientation
  • Ability to work structured
  • Motivation to contribute to a good working environment

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, educational background, experience (both teaching and research) and personal suitability will be emphasized as well as motivation for the position.

We offer

  • Interesting work tasks
  • Active research groups
  • Good career opportunities
  • A strong academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Varied opportunities to teach and work with students
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

Work- and salary conditions

The successful candidate must also be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

The allocation of working hours is flexible and allocated on a case-by-case basis. In general, professors and associate professors will spend an equal amount of time on teaching and research and development work, after time spent on other duties has been deducted. As a norm, the time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for academic staff.

The remuneration for Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1013. The remuneration for Associate Professor is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1011.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

How to apply

The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

  • Application letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position.
  • CV
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • Documented teaching competence
  • A list of academic production
  • Description of academic production, stating which works is considered most important
  • Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work.

The documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the application documents and the text of the announcement.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall, among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position and motivations. A trial lecture may also be held.

In the event that there are no suitably qualified applicants for the position, an interim appointment for a period of no more than three years may be made, cf. section 6-5 (1) of the Act relating to universities and university colleges.

In the event of an interim appointment on the basis of lacking scientific qualifications, applications for a permanent position with a new assessment must be made before the three-year period elapses. The appointment will become permanent if the applicant is subsequently found to be suitably qualified.


The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. See our website Information for applicants for positions at UiT

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will make the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT: http://uit.no/mobility

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

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