Associate Professor in International Relations (Security Policy)

University of Oslo

About the position
One permanent position as Associate Professor in International Relations (security policy) (SKO 1011) is available at The Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. In a position as an Associate Professor, time is equally divided between research and teaching. The person appointed must be prepared to undertake teaching duties at all levels (bachelor, master and PhD) and take part in the teaching of research methods.

The person appointed will be expected to perform administrative and other tasks in accordance with university regulations. Associate Professors may apply for personal promotion to full professorship once they have started in their position

Applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree and have a track record of excellent international publications in leading international scholarly journals. We welcome applicants whose research addresses emerging and/or enduring security challenges facing states. Applicants are evaluated on academic qualifications. In addition to research excellence, teaching and research leadership as well as administrative experience together with personal qualities and suitability for the position will be taken into consideration. In the evaluation of research qualifications, recent publications, as well as the potential for future research of high quality within the field specified, will be emphasized. The person(s) we hire must be able to contribute to the Department’s long-term academic development.

Applicants that cannot document basic pedagogical competence at the time of their employment must acquire such within the first two years of appointment.

Teaching is carried out in both Norwegian and English. In the event that the person appointed do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language, he/she will be expected to be able to teach in Norwegian within three years of employment.

Applications must contain information about education, previous positions, teaching experience, academic, professional and pedagogical activity, as well as administrative experience.

Applications should be submitted electronically with the following:

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • A complete list of publications

Note! Publications should not be submitted with the application; the most promising candidates will be invited to submit their publications, as well as their educational certificates and diplomas, later in the process.

About the procedure
The application deadline is 16 April 2018. The applications will first be perused by an application committee with the aim of providing the appointed assessors with a short, substantiated proposal as to which applicants have the most potential and should proceed in the selection process, however without providing any form of ranking. In May, following the application committee’s report, the evaluation committee will invite between five and ten of the most promising applicants to submit a comprehensive application together with a selection of academic publications. The evaluation committee will rank order at least the three best qualified applicants. The ranked candidates will then be invited to an interview and will be asked to do a trial lecture. References will be contacted. The hiring process is expected to be completed by September 2018.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 517 700 – 722 400 per annum depending on qualifications
  • A academically-stimulating working environment
  • A position at an inclusive workplace enterprise
  • Good pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Excellent welfare schemes

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.

Contact information
Head of Department, Professor Anne Julie Semb
Deputy Head of Department, Associate Professor Jostein Askim

About the University of 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 Department of Political Science is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and conducts research, teaching and dissemination. The Department currently has 33 permanent academic staff members, 13 research fellows conducting PhDs, six assistant professors (postdoctoral fellows) and ten administrative employees. About 1100 students are currently enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD study programmes in political science, as well as the interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programmes in International Studies and Public Administration and Leadership, and the Master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The department is the host of C-REX Center for Research on Extremism.

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