Professor in Information Systems

Deadline: January 28, 2019

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

The University of Agder invites applications for one 10 % permanent position as Professor in Information Systems at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Systems, located in Kristiansand, Norway. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

The Department of information systems offers a bachelor’s programme, a master’s programme and a PhD specialization in Information Systems. In addition, the department is co-responsible for an executive master’s programme in management and an executive master’s programme in health informatics. Further, it is currently developing an MSc in Cyber Security, and an MBA specialization in digitalization.

The main research areas in the department are digital transformation, e-health and crisis information management. More information on the focus of our Centre for Digital Transformation – CeDiT can be found at Information on the Centre for eHealth can be found at Information about our Centre for integrated emergency management can be found at

The department values are openness, collaboration, and quality. New colleagues are expected to contribute to maintaining and developing a collegial and collaborative environment where the success of the individual benefits the department – and vice versa.

Description of the position

We seek an internationally recognized researcher who can contribute to the department´s ambition of being among the top international research milieus within the focus areas of the above-mentioned centres. The position is intended to strengthen the Centre for Digital Transformation - CeDiT and the Centre for eHealth, in particular in the areas of machine learning, natural language processing, and psychometrics. The candidate is expected to contribute to establishing a project portfolio related to machine learning, natural language processing, and psychometrics. The department intends to build courses in the mentioned areas, and successful candidates are expected to contribute to this.

Experience with developing grant proposals and the acquisition of external project funds is regarded as an asset. In addition to teaching- and scientific qualifications, emphasis will be given to the applicants’ teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be considered an advantage.

Qualifications and terms

A comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment. Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Professor can be found in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching at research posts.

The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree. Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite.

Emphasis will also be given to the applicants’ teaching qualifications, teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position. Applicants who lack formal teacher training qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications, or complete UiA’s Foundation Course in Education for University Lectures within a period of two years.

In the ranking of eligible applicants, emphasis will be given to the suitability of each applicant’s field of specialization in relation to meeting the needs of the Department and complementing the academic staff. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

We offer:

  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • A position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1013, Professor NOK 682.200 - 802.600 (in a 100 % position). In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in its work force, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the Civil Service. Organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointment Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.


Applicants must submit their application online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • CV
  • Diplomas and references
  • List of scientific publications and other relevant activities
  • Scientific works (no more than 10)

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.

Closing date: 28. January 2019.

For further information please contact Professor Leif Flak or Head of department, Carl Erik Moe, phone (+47) 38 1416 14 or 38 14 17 96, e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

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