Associate Professor in Law

Deadline: 23.05.2022

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

Faculty of Law

About the position

A position as Associate Professor is available at the Faculty of Law, with primary teaching duties in international law of the sea and environmental law.

The Faculty of Law has about 950 law students, 25 PhD students, 35 members of the academic staff and 16 members of the administrative staff. The Faculty may award the degrees of Master and PhD in Law as well as the degrees of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the Law of the Sea and Joint Nordic Master`s Programme in Environmental Law.

The faculty’s research activities are mainly organized in research groups, in addition to the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS). The faculty has currently the following six research groups that are linked to the main research areas; Child Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Private Law, Crime Control and Security Law and Sámi and Indigenous Peoples’ Law. As an internationally renowned centre, The Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea has a wide range of scientific activities – from theory to applied research.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within 6 months after receiving the offer.

Work tasks

The position has teaching and research duties. It is also expected that the successful candidate is willing to take on administrative tasks. Furthermore, it is expected that the holder of this position will participate in research group collaboration and professional networks nationally and internationally, as well as in disseminating research to a wider public. It is expected that the successful candidate is willing to develop grant applications (e.g. Norwegian Research Council/EU).


More information about the position is available by contacting:


For appointment as associate professor, the applicant must have:

  • A Norwegian PhD in law or a doctor’s degree from a foreign university recognized as equivalent with the Norwegian doctorate, or competence at equivalent level documented by scientific works of same extent and quality
  • Documented pedagogical competence

At least one scientific work must give a thorough treatment of a subject based on Norwegian law, international law or other sources of law, of relevance to Norway.

The applicant must have competence to teach, supervise and take part in exam work on the master programs in law of the sea and environmental law. It will be considered positive if the applicant also is competent to undertake such tasks in the other programs at the faculty, including the PhD program. The applicants must provide information about which subjects he/she can teach in the various programs at the faculty.

The applicant must master Norwegian or a Scandinavian language fluently, both orally and written. Alternatively, the applicant must commit himself/herself to fulfill the requirement within three years through participation in the Norwegian Language Courses held by the UiT. Applicants having competence in Norwegian language is preferred. In addition, the applicant must document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Information on how to satisfy the language requirements is available here.

In the assessment the main emphasis will be attached to the submitted works. The potential of the applicant for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position are important considerations in the assessment. Experience from and an interest in interdisciplinary projects will be considered positively. Emphasis shall also be attached to experience from popularization/ dissemination, participation in academic policy and administrative activities.

The applicants must have good collaboration skills, be independent and be qualified and motivated for contributing to the development of relevant and high-quality research, communication, innovation and teaching.

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

All applicants for teaching and research positions shall document their pedagogical competence.

You must have acquired basic competence for teaching and supervision at higher education level. This includes basic skills in planning, conducting, evaluating and developing teaching and guidance.

Documentation requirement

a) 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.

b) Other applicants shall describe, assess and document their competence as a teacher and supervisor. The skills must be documented in the form of a teaching portfolio.

If the pedagogical competence can be acquired within two years of appointment, applicants shall not be ranked based on pedagogical competence.

Those who do not satisfy the requirements may be appointed on a permanent basis on the condition that they satisfy the requirements within two years of appointment.

For information about basic pedagogical competence and teaching portfolio, see here.

We offer

  • R&D sabbatical conditions which are considered some of the best in the country
  • Good welfare arrangements for employees
  • Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A good working environment

Work- and salary conditions

The successful candidate must 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, Associate Professors will spend an equal amount of time on teaching and research and development work. As a norm, the time resources spent on administrative duties constitutes 5 % for academic staff.

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.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment.

We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application.

If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it.

Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.


The application must include:

  • A letter of application
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, work practices and professional work
  • Contact information of 2-3 references (names, affiliation with the applicant, e-mail address and phone number)
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, in original language and translated)
  • Written references
  • Any documentation on educational competence:

    - Applicants with completed separate university educational courses shall enclose course-/exam diploma and the curriculum.

    - The other applicants shall describe, assess and document their educational competence as teacher and supervisor through a systematic and coherent presentation. The educational skills shall be documented through an educational folder.

  • Complete list of scientific works. The list shall include the following information: author(s), the title of the work, the name of the journal and volume (articles), the first and last page number of the article, year, place of publishing and publisher and page numbers for monographs or other independent publications
  • Description of your academic production, stating which works you consider most important in relation to the announced position. The other works shall be described briefly, aimed at indicating the breadth of the scientific production.
  • The academic works (published or not) you wish us to take into consideration in the assessment. It should be noted that these works must be available in a Scandinavian language or English to be included in the assessment, and must be uploaded as attachment to the application.
  • Documentation of proficiency in Norwegian and English, as stated here.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application and submitted documents must be sent electronically 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 on the basis of the written material presented by the applicants, and the detailed description draw up for the position.

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

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT.

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

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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