Associate Professor with Arctic focus - Department of Comparative Politics

Deadline: 20.03.2024

University of Bergen

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Associate professor

There is a vacancy for a permanent position as Associate Professor at the University of Bergen’s Department of Comparative Politics focusing on studies of the Arctic.

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.

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, as well as conduct 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 at all levels in the Department's study programmes.

We invite candidates from a range of disciplines related to Arctic politics broadly understood, including comparative politics, international relations, political theory, Nordic polar policy, and indigenous governance. With this position, the department seeks to strengthen its already strong research and teaching activities on the Arctic/high north. The University of Bergen is among the world’s top-cited universities in the study of the Arctic. The department is home to the research group Indigenous Peoples and Governance in the Arctic, and offers several Arctic-themed B.A.-level courses and M.A.-level seminars. The department is also the site of the new Arctic-related European Research Council project “Contested frontiers of settler states.”

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in comparative politics, political science, political theory, international relations, or a related discipline.
  • The assessment and ranking will take into account the time span over which the results have been achieved and place most emphasis on recently achieved results. The committee will take any parental leaves into account. The applicant’s 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.
  • 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 successful candidate is expected to live and work in Bergen and participate in common activities at the department. Any successful applicant must be able to teach in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years. The University of Bergen offers Norwegian language courses.

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.

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, she/he 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 good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Gross annual salary as Associate Professor, code 1011, of NOK 708000 – 745000 (pay grade 71-74 according to the state salary scale). 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 how planned research and teaching activities can strengthen and expand current teaching and research activities on the Arctic at the department.
  • CV
  • Five publications to be considered in the assessment, with information about when and where this work was published.
  • Complete list of publications
  • Declarations of co-authorships where it is necessary to clarify your contribution
  • Teaching portfolio (you may use this form)
  • Certified 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.

The closing date is March 20, 2024.

The application has to be marked with reference: 2024/957.

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 – Gudrun.horvei@uib.no.

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.

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.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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