Associate Professor (førstelektor) - Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

Deadline: 22.07.2021

University of Bergen

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Associate professor (førstelektor) at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities

There is a vacancy for an Associate Professor (førstelektor) position at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, SVT, University of Bergen. The position is 50% for a period of 12 months. The position is connected to the ARQUS Alliance.

The Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT) is an interdisciplinary, interfaculty center at the University of Bergen. The Centre is responsible for research, education and dissemination of knowledge within theory of science. Furthermore, the Centre is responsible for instruction in theory of science and ethics in the training of researchers at several faculties at the University of Bergen. The Centre is also responsible for a 2-year master’s programme in sustainability, and the courses "Critical Issues in Research and Society", which are elective, undergraduate subjects with an interdisciplinary focus. The Centre emphasizes theory of science and ethics topics that are relevant to these respective subject areas.

The research community at SVT is multidisciplinary, with a broad understanding of theory of science, which includes both internal and external perspectives, including the philosophy of science, history, sociology, ethics and other disciplines to the extent that science, in a broad sense, is their research object. In addition, researchers at the centre carries out research on foundational questions within the different sciences.

About the project

Arqus Alliance brings together seven comprehensive research universities with strong regional involvement: Bergen, Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padova and Vilnius. Arqus is one of 17 European University alliances selected and funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme. Arqus aims to better respond to the grand global societal challenges and to advance towards deeper European integration.

The principal ambition of the alliance is to design, test and implement an innovative model for deep inter-university cooperation, enabling students, staff and the society at large. By bringing together students and researchers with diverse backgrounds from the partner universities, we will enhance the quality of teaching and learning, and strengthen our joint research capacity.

SVT in collaboration with Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation is responsible for organising and teaching European interdisciplinary course – The Challenge-Based Learning course - on the theme of ‘environmental diversity’ under the ARQUS alliance umbrella.

About the work tasks

This call is for an Associate Professor (førstelektor) position to work in a part-time capacity (50%) for a period of 12 months. Over this time, the employee will be an active member of the ARQUS team and participate in all meetings and collaborative activities.

In particular, the position has the following tasks:

  • Organising a European interdisciplinary course – The Challenge-Based Learning course - on the theme of ‘environmental diversity’, which coordinates student group research projects across seven Universities in Europe as part of the ARQUS Alliance
  • Coordinating and teaching in an intense one-week winter school programme introducing the ARQUS Challenge Based learning course on environmental diversity
  • Organising and teaching the ARQUS Challenge based learning programme with a group of students at the UiB
  • Supervising interdisciplinary student group research projects
  • General contribution to the coordination of UiB activities in the ARQUSSome contributions to the collective creation of Massive Open Online Courses (MMOCS) associated with the ARQUS Alliance

The employee is expected to be willing to work in an interdisciplinary research environment and play an active part in the SVT research community and contribute to its pool of research projects.

Qualifications and personal aptitude

The limited tenure of this position means that we are looking for a candidate who can quickly fit into the team and take on their tasks.

Other qualifications include:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree, within a relevant academic field. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded before appointment to the position.
  • The applicant must have experience with teaching and supervising in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Solid mastery of the English language (written and spoken).
  • Applicants should have proven affinity with interdisciplinary work in teams and evidence of research and independence.

About the position:

The position is 50 % for a period of 12 months. It is a requirement that the outlined project tasks are completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer

  • A convivial and professionally challenging work environment
  • A salary at pay grade 68 (code 1198 / pay range 24) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 625 700,- for a full-time position before tax per year. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority in the position. Higher initial placement may be considered for a particularly well-qualified applicant.
  • Enrollment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Position in an inclusive workforce project (IW)
  • Good welfare benefits

How to apply for the job

Please apply electronically via the link «APPLY FOR THIS JOB» where you fill in the CV.

The following must be attached to the application:

  • A one-page cover letter outlining: (i) your motivations for applying; (ii) how you fit the qualifications and aptitudes of this position; iii) your research interests, and the specific ways they can fit into the ARQUS alliance frame. Contact Scott Bremer ([email protected]) for more information.
  • Name and contact information for two reference persons
  • CV
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of scientific work (publication list) Other relevant publications

The enclosures can be submitted as Word- or pdf-files.

Copies of academic publications (if any), higher education certificates and diplomas must be accompanied by a translation into English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish if not written in any of these languages. The translations must be sent together with copies of academic publications within the deadline of application.

General information

Detailed information about the position and the project can be obtained by contacting:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

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 best qualified applicants will be invited to an interview before the final recommendation.

Any queries or problems concerning the electronical application procedure should be directed to The Faculty of Humanities by email: [email protected].

More information about the appointment process here.


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