LEDIG STILLING VED UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Associate Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics

Deadline: 11.04.2021

University of Bergen

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Associate professor

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as Associate Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, the University of Bergen.

The Department of Comparative Politics is a research-intensive department offering an exciting place for research and education on political institutions, organizations, processes and behaviour at local, national, and international levels. The Department offers bachelor's and master’s programmes in comparative politics, as well as a bachelor's programme in European studies. Research at the department is organized in three research groups: Challenges in Advanced Democracies; Democracy and Development; and Citizens, Opinion and Representation. The Digital Social Science Core Facility (DIGSSCORE) is an infrastructure for advanced social science data collection and multi-disciplinary research at the University of Bergen.

Work tasks/research field:

Associate professors divide their time equally between research and teaching. We seek a candidate who will strengthen and expand the current research and teaching portfolio at the Department of Comparative Politics, as well as conducting administrative tasks and taking part in committee work. The candidate should have an excellent record of research and collaboration and be committed to teaching and supervision.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in comparative politics or political science.
  • The evaluation of the applicant’s publications will focus on research published within the last five years. The applicant’s record of and plan for future research projects will also be emphasized.
  • Further emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s teaching portfolio. The successful applicant must be willing and able to teach compulsory courses at both graduate and undergraduate level at the department.
  • Experience in initiating, managing and operating externally funded research projects is desirable.
  • The teaching language is one of the Scandinavian languages or English. The successful applicant will be required to be able to teach in Norwegian within two years of being appointed.
  • Personal aptitude and cooperative skills will be of great importance.

Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the teaching and research profile at the Department.

An expert committee will perform a review of the applicants. Based on the expert committee’s report, top ranked candidates will then be invited to Bergen for an interview and will be asked to hold a trial teaching session or a trial lecture on a given topic.

The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Bergen and participate in common activities at the Department.

Educational competence

Basic teaching training and experience in the supervision of students at university level is a requirement for the position as associate professor (link). This implies completed formal pedagogical training, as well as basic skills in planning, implementation, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision. Should the successful applicant not have such competence at the time of appointment, he/she will be required to document such training within two years of the date of appointment.

Educational competence must be documented in a pedagogical portfolio which should include a documented overview of practical experience and competence as well as a brief reflection statement. The statement should primarily describe the applicant’s own teaching philosophy and an evaluation of own teaching in relation to his/her knowledge of students’ learning at a higher education level.

We can offer:

  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 68 - 75 (code 1011/ Pay range 24) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 615 900 – 704 900 before taxes. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and good welfare benefits.
  • The city of Bergen – a welcoming and well-connected European city with a unique mix of vibrant life and extraordinary nature.

Your application must include:

  • A cover-letter showing motivation for applying as well as a summary of planned research activities and initiatives
  • CV
  • Five publications to be considered in the assessment, with information about where this work was published. The evaluation of the applicant’s scientific work will focus primarily on research published the last five years.
  • Complete list of publications
  • Declarations of co-authorships where it is necessary to clarify your contribution
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Certifies copies of diplomas and certificates
  • The contact details of two references

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.no.

The closing date is April 11, 2021.

The application has to be marked with reference 21/2131

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Practical questions about the application process should be directed to [email protected]

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

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