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Associate Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics

Deadline: 18.08.2022

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 position is open to all fields and methodological approaches within comparative politics.

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 research groups, and around research projects. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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 (time will be added in case of parental leave). The applicant’s plan for future research projects will also be emphasized.
  • Experience in initiating, managing and operating externally funded research projects is desirable.
  • Further emphasis will be put 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.
  • 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.

The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. The successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years.

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 lecture on a given topic. The successful candidate is expected to live and work in Bergen and participate in activities at the Department.

We can offer:

The Department offers a professional, international and stimulating working environment with good opportunities to apply for various university-level research funds.

Salary at pay grade 70 – 75 (code 1011/ wage ladder short) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 661 400 – 728 100 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 such as universal health care, subsidized daycare/kindergarten, and a high-quality public-school system.

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 (time will be added due to paternity leave).
  • 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 August 18, 2022.

The application has to be marked with reference: 2022/8740

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Practical questions about the application process should be directed to: HR advisor Gudrun Horvei – [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 especially encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

At the Social Science Faculty, female associate professors receive a starting package of 100.000 NOK as research allowance, and gain the right to research leave in half the normal time, i.e. one semester research leave after 1,5 years (link).

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.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times. Reference is made to the general University regulations that stipulate that, as part of the normal duties of the position and within his/her academic field, the successful applicant may also be required to teach, supervise and carry out examination related tasks outside the organisational unit to which the position belongs.

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