Associate Professor in Cyber Security

Deadline: 13.12.2020

University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway has about 18 000 students and about 1500 employees. The university is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university is to provide socially relevant education, geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences/Department of Science and Industry Systems have a vacancy for a post as Associate Professor in Cyber Security

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacant permanent fulltime position as Associate professor in Cyber Security available from 01.01.2021.

The position is at the Department of Science and Industry systems and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Kongsberg.

Kongsberg is an attractive town full of opportunities. Within the vicinity you will find a vast array of activities including a ski centre, a golf course, endless hiking and trekking opportunities. Kongsberg has the greatest density of engineers in Norway, delivering groundbreaking technologies in their chosen fields, and also has an advanced technology cluster with systems from the seabed to outer space.

The Department of Science and Industry systems runs multiple taught programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as research programs at prostgraduate level. The department has extensive cooperation with local high tech industries.

Responsibilities and duties

The successful applicant is expected to be actively engaged with research and teaching in the Cyber Security subject area, and developing their role in national and international networks. They will be expected to be actively undertaking research in their subject area, and to contribute to research leadership and guidance in strategic areas of the University's network of researchers.

You may be required to carry out teaching at all levels of the educational cycle within your department, and at other departments.

For the University, distance learning and e-learning are target areas, and the candidate must therefore be able to provide supervision and teaching via digital media.


The applicants for the position must have a PhD-degree (or equivalent) in Computer science or a closely related subject, and must demonstrate research activity within Cyber Security. The applicants must also have expertise in Object Oriented Software Development, preferably with the focus on Software development with at focus on Cyber Security.

Our education should be research-based, both in terms of teaching practice and content. We therefore want our teachers to have experience from, or have the motivation to focus on, the development of teaching practices and the interaction between education and research.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in team work. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives. Personal suitability for the position will be emphasised.

To be appointed as an Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis), applicants must hold a Norwegian doctorate within the relevant field, or an equivalent foreign doctoral degree approved as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate;, or qualifications at the same level documented by research production of equivalent scope and quality.

The successful applicant should have a broad and solid background and research expertise in Cyber Security. He/she must be able to demonstrate expertise in one or more areas of research.

Applicants must be capable of fluent communication in both oral and written English. Applicants who can teach and supervise in a Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) will be preferred. A successful applicant who, by the agreed date of commencement, cannot document capability in on of the Scandinavian languages is required to demonstrate and prove their capability with a pass at level B2 within three (3) years of employment.

Applicants must also document educational competence in line with the guidelines in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts.

Requirements for documentation of educational competence

Teaching at the university shall be based on research, in terms of both teaching practice and content. As such, we aim to recruit teachers who have experience from and demonstrate the motivation to focus on the development of teaching practice and the interaction between teaching and research, in order to promote learning.

In accordance with the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research post, the University of South-Eastern Norway has established requirements that applicants for the posts of Associate Professor must be able to document skills in university and university college level pedagogy, subject didactics and digital competencies.

On this basis, it is assumed that applicants can document educational skills through successfully completed university-level educational programmes of study or equivalent courses with a minimum of 200 hours of work and that they have developed fundamental skills in planning, implementing, evaluation and development of teaching and supervision at a university or university college level.

Alternatively, documentation is required to demonstrate the candidate’s own practice as a teacher, academic supervisor and educational supervisor in higher education, combined with relevant educational programmes, courses and seminars and documentation of acquired basic skills in planning, implementing, evaluating and developing teaching and supervision.

For applicants assessed primarily on the basis of their practice, there is an experience requirement within teaching, academic and educational supervision that corresponds to a portion of a full-time position in higher education corresponding to two years.

Candidates who do not meet the requirements upon hiring are obliged to meet them within two years after being hired for the position. The two-year rule does not apply when applying for a promotion.

See further description of how educational competence shall be documented in applications.

Applicants who do not have educational qualifications of this kind may be appointed on the condition that they qualify within two (2) years. [Courses in university and university college level pedagogy will be offered.]

When assessing applicants, emphasis will be placed on

  • Scientific and educational qualifications.
  • Professional competence and scientific production within cyber security.
  • Publication in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Teaching experience and competence within software development with focus on Cyber Security.
  • Administrative experience and competence.
  • Ability to obtain external funds.
  • Research management, participation and research projects and research dissemination.
  • Experience from research-driven innovation and industry collaboration.
  • Experience from international research mobility.
  • Other relevant competence.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the post.

We offer

  • Exciting and educational academic environment with stimulating work.
  • Individual competence plan and good opportunities for competence and career development for all employees.
  • Inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues.
  • Good pension scheme and favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Employee benefits, including opportunity to exercise during working hours.


Associate professor (førsteamanuensis) (code 1011): NOK kr kr 597 000 – 768 500 a year. Salary grade according to seniority and competence. Statutory amounts for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from salary.

Salary grade according to seniority and competence. Statutory amounts for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from salary.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

Additional information

The appointing body is the appointments committee for teaching and research posts at the University of South-Eastern Norway. An expert committee will assess the applications.[1] Based on the committee’s recommendations, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview and a trial lecture.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

According to our human resources policy, it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the post. We endeavor to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt your workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side - “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Certified copies of diplomas from a university college/university and certificates.
  • Scientific publications (up to 10 for applicants for Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis/førstelektor)).
  • List of scientific publications.
  • Applicants who have completed their own university pedagogy course corresponding to a minimum of 200 hours must enclose a certificate of completed course/examination along with a curriculum plan or a description of the course and appurtenant topics/themes.
  • Basic skills in planning, implementing, evaluating and developing of teaching and supervision must be documented in the form of a systematic and holistic overview.
  • Other applicants must describe, assess and document their competence as teachers, mentors and educational supervisors through a systematic and holistic overview. At USN, the pedagogical portfolio is used. Please read more about the documents that should be included in the pedagogical portfolio in USN’s criteria for assessing educational competence for employment and promotion.
  • Contact information for three references.

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

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