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Professor - Educational Measurement and Assessment

Deadline 31.10.2018

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO) provides a stimulating research environment by bringing internationally renowned substantive and methodological experts together. Research at CEMO combines basic research and applications of advanced measurement techniques to solve core educational problems. CEMO also contributes to the development of measurement competence through teaching and outreach. The centre is part of a broad international network and manages several externally funded research grants.

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Applications are invited for a permanent position as full professor at the Centre for Educational Measurement at the University of Oslo (CEMO). CEMO is an interdisciplinary research unit at the Faculty of Education that combines basic research and applications of advanced measurement techniques to solve core educational problems.

The centre also offers a Master program in Assessment and Evaluation. CEMO includes about 25 employees from 10 countries, thus providing ample opportunities to develop joint research projects on an international scale. The working language at the centre is English.

More about the position

The successful candidate shall combine basic research and applications of advanced measurement techniques in two intertwined areas:

  • Using process data derived from computer-based assessments (e.g., log-file data), and
  • Assessment of novel/complex constructs (e.g., problem solving, computational thinking)

It is expected that the successful candidate develops this strand of research at CEMO by collaborating with colleagues at the centre (e.g., within the research group Frontier Research in Educational Measurement), the Faculty of Education, other units in Norway and internationally. Furthermore, it is expected that the successful candidate publishes on a high level internationally, regularly applies for external funding and supervises PhD candidates.

The successful candidate will be part of the teaching team in CEMO’s Master program and is expected to take responsibility for two to three classes each year in collaboration with PhD candidates and Postdoctoral fellows. This task also includes supervision of Master students.

In addition to research and teaching, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of CEMO as a centre, in particular through providing career development guidance to Postdoctoral fellows and stage-2 PhD candidates (after mid-term evaluation).

Qualification requirements

  • Doctorate in education/psychology/social sciences with a thesis applying advanced quantitative methods or doctorate in quantitative methods/psychometrics/statistics (a topic related to the position announced would be an advantage)
  • Publication record of high quality and with relevance to the position announced
  • Success with applications for external grants in areas related to the position announced
  • Experience with the development of assessments in areas related to the position announced
  • Commitment to teaching and experience with teaching relevant to CEMO’s Master program
  • Personal suitability and motivation to collaborate with other team members at CEMO
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

In the evaluation of the qualified candidates the full range of these criteria will be assessed, including personal suitability and motivation to collaborate within CEMO. It is expected that all applicants submit an extended proposal of how to shape the position with respect to research, teaching and involvement in the centre.

We offer

  • Salary from NOK 682 200 - 802 600 per annum.
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include the following:

  • Cover letter (including a statement of motivation)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, research, teaching and administrative experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • List of publications
  • Plans for the position announced (3-5 pages)

Incomplete applications will under normal circumstances not be assessed. Short-listed applicants will be asked to submit their PhD-thesis, other publications and material of relevance for the evaluation. They will also be asked to provide contact information to two colleagues we can ask for references. As a final step, short-listed applicants will be interviewed and asked to give a trial lecture. The rank-ordering of applicants will take into account the total need for research, teaching and service in the areas outlined above.

The application with attachments must be delivered in the electronic recruiting system used by the University of Oslo. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Formal regulations

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.


Further information about the position and CEMO can be obtained from the centre’s director, Prof. Dr. Sigrid Blömeke, [email protected]

Further information on the application process can be obtained from Senior Adviser Anne-Catherine Lehre: [email protected]

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